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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Sensual, experimental and hypnotic, the films of Josephine Decker recall the natural wonder of Terrence Malick, the uncanniness of Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock and the unsettling dreamworld of David Lynch.

Her debut 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.

Her second feature, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, starring Joe Swanberg and Sophie Traub, is the story of a long hot summer at a remote ranch. Akin (Swanberg) is tempted by the daughter of the farmer, until his past begins to catch up with him, with irreparable consequences.

Artist and filmmaker Chris Paul Daniels talks more about Josephine Decker’s work