Butter on the Latch is the tale of an entangled female friendship, set in a real-life Balkan music camp in upstate New York, told with avant-garde flourishes and disturbing psycho-sexual undercurrents.
Sarah and Isolde are former friends who meet by chance at a music festival. Happy to be away from the urban life that has for too long defined them, in this mystical setting they embrace the lush natural surroundings, captured with a rare sensuous eye by Decker. The two build a close bond in this female utopia until tensions are strained when Steph, a male camper, arrives. As Sarah’s attraction to him becomes apparent, her bond with Isolde unravels. From here, the film becomes a phantasmagoria that recalls the work of David Lynch. Butter on the Latch boldly invites you to ‘feel’ your way through the drama and heralds a genuinely exciting new filmmaking talent.
Artist and filmmaker Chris Paul Daniels talks more about Josephine Decker’s work
Following our screening on Tue 11 August we will be joined by director Josephine Decker for a Q&A chaired by Chris Paul Daniels, Lecturer in Filmmaking, at Manchester School of Art.