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Australia & New Zealand Theatrical Release Date, Poster Art & Trailer Revealed for RAW!

24 February 2017

Monster Pictures is delighted to announce that French director Julia Ducournau’s 2016 Cannes Film Festival, FIRPRESCI Prize-winning debut feature film, RAW, releases in screens across Australia and New Zealand on Thursday 20 April, 2017.

RAW tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a brilliant 16-year-old whose admission to a prestigious veterinary school sparks a coming-of-age like no other. With her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) watching on, Justine partakes in a bizarre hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time, defying her vegan upbringing and unleashing an insatiable desire for flesh!

The unsettling, blood-soaked consequences of Justine’s actions are stylishly realised in Ducournau’s debut, an astonishingly on-point portrait of how it feels to be a young woman in the world today. Tapping into the violence of youthful rites of passage and the power of sisterly bonds, RAW is emotionally and physically visceral, and totally unforgettable. The film imaginatively and intelligently expands contemporary horror cinema, announcing writer-director Ducournau as a key figure in an exciting and bold new wave of female genre filmmakers.

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Raw is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.” -Catherine Bray, Variety

“Raw, Julia Ducournau’s beautifully realized, symbolically rich, and disturbingly erotic meditation on primal hungers of all kinds.” -Katie Rife, AV Club

“Ducournau’s intelligent exploration of femininity gives depth to the film’s visceral, bloody celebration of the body and its appetites. -Chloe Roddick, Sight and Sound

RAW will screen next as the Opening Night Film of the Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow on Thursday March 9, at the Event Cinemas George St, Sydney before opening nationally on April 20 at the following cinemas.

For more details including participating cinemas across Australia & New Zealand, please visit the official site here.