Enys Men (2023)
British director Mark Jenkin (best known for his BAFTA award-winning film Bait) is back with Enys Men, a mind-bending experimental folk “horror” (Enys Men doesn’t quite sit within any one, or many, genres) set in 1973 that unfolds on an uninhabited island off the Cornish coast.
A wildlife volunteer’s daily observations of a rare flower take a dark turn into the strange and metaphysical, forcing both her and viewers to question what is real and what is nightmare. Is the landscape not only alive but sentient?
Similarly to Bait, Enys men (Cornish for ‘Stone Island’) was shot on 16mm film and the sound was added entirely in post production.
Enys Men premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and was well received by critics.
“Enys Men is so rich with symbolism that there’s a real satisfaction to be gained from rifling through the clues”
The Independent ★★★★★
“Jenkin’s style is so unusual, so unadorned, it feels almost like a manuscript culture of cinema. There is real artistry in it”
The Guardian ★★★★
“A triumph of atmosphere”
The Telegraph ★★★★