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Hunter (Haley Bennett) is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband (Austin Stowell) and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession. From the producers of The Rider and The Tale, and executive producer Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), SWALLOW plays like a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women, women’s control over their own bodies, and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture. Anchored by Bennett's knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

About the Director/Writer:

Carlo Mirabella-Davis was born and raised in New York City. He bought his first Super 8 camera at a yard sale at the age of 14 and spent his youth shooting underground films with his friends and sister, fellow filmmaker Francesca Mirabella. He’s always been drawn to the mystique of psychological thrillers, subversive horror, and dark comedies. His Flannery O’Connor-esque thriller short, KNIFE POINT, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won Vimeo’s Short of the Week, screened on Arte-TV, and garnered him “Best New Director” at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. He went on to co-direct and produce the feature documentary THE SWELL SEASON starring Oscar-winners Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was the opening night film at Silverdocs, and earned a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it was released in theaters. Carlo is an alumnus of both of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Sundance Directors Lab. He has spent over a decade teaching filmmaking to middle and high school students. Carlo‘s passion for storytelling brought him to the Dungeons and Dragons community, where he has written and run numerous campaigns. Carlo was a recipient of the Audrey & Zygi Wilf Foundation award for screenwriting. He holds a MFA and a BFA in film production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. SWALLOW, inspired by the life of his grandmother, Edith, is his first feature film.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Screenwriter: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Cast: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O'Hare

Producers: Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, Frederic Fiore

Executive Producer: Haley Bennett, Joe Wright, Constantin Briest, Yohann Comte, Pierre Mazars, Eric Tavitian, Sam Bisbee

Cinematographer: Katelin Arizmendi

Editor: Joe Murphy
Composer: Nathan Halpern

Film info:

Section: US Narrative Feature Competition

Premiere: Arizona Premiere

Year: 2019

Length: 94 minutes

Language: English

Country: USA

US Distributor: IFC Films

International Sales Agent: Charades
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Support By: IFC Unlimited

Previous Festivals:

Tribeca Film Festival - Best Actress

Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada) - Best Director/Screenplay

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)

Deauville Film Festival (France) - Prix spécial du 45E

Fantastic Fest

Sitges Film Festival (Spain)


“This unpredictable film is a staggering accomplishment in its storytelling, visuals, and performance - especially due to Haley Bennett, whose performative vapidity engenders laugh as often as it does gasps…. Rating: A.”

- Lena Wilson, The Playlist


“Worth recommending if it was simply an impeccably shot meditation on upper-class ennui of the Feminine Mystique variety. That being said, it's much more than that.” 

                - Katie Rife, AV Club

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