In 1976, during a psychiatrist’s hypnosis session, Michelle Smith remembered violent nightmares based on abuses perpetrated by satanic cults. The practitioner later compiled these sessions into a book, Michelle Remembers, and Michelle Smith went on TV to share her traumatic memories. In the 80’s, a mass hysteria emerged from the fear of these satanic practices and spread to the whole Western world.
By extending Demonic into a feature film, Pia intends to go further in her playful, multi- faceted work on different types of footage (archives, reenactments, CGI) as she crafts the kaleidoscope of a media frenzy. The joy of the investigation account serves her critical perspective as an artist, questioning the extent to which we can trust testimonies and footage at a time when truth had never been more challenged.
- 5 À 7 FILMS
- RITUAL PICTURES
Pia is an Australian artist and film director living in the United States. Her work, at the crossroad between documentary and contemporary art, was screened at Locarno and Sundance Film Festivals and Venice Biennale. In DEMONIC, screened during the 58 th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, Pia mixes archives, reenactment and CGI to immerse the audience in the depth of a “satanic panic”