GOODNIGHT MOMMY: Austria’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film

«It has cult potential stamped all over it, wrote The Hollywood Reporter after its world premiere at Venice Orrizzonti 2014.» Now, after 70 participations at international festival and 14 awards, GOODNIGHT MOMMY, the intriguing genre debut by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, has been selected the Austrian submission for the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

 The US theatrical release of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, distributed by Radius TWC, is scheduled for September 11.

GOODNIGHT MOMMY directed by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion)

International sales: Films Distribution

In the heat of the summer. An isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields.Ten-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

with: Susanne Wuest, Elias und Lukas Schwarz
«Not since Michael Haneke unleashed a pair of psychotic young sadists on an unsuspecting family in his original 1997 Funny Games has a summer getaway in the peaceful Austrian countryside seemed less like a vacation. A wicked little chiller full of foreboding and malevolent twists, GOODNIGHT MOMMY is the first narrative feature from writer-directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, respectively the partner and nephew of producer Ulrich Seidl. As that connection might imply, this insidious tale of a mother-son bond gone haywire is squirm-inducing stuff. It has cult potential stamped all over it.»

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter