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Survivalist, The

An original take on a post-apocalyptic drama, The Survivalist provides a captivating exploration of human nature’s most fundamental and primal instinct: survival at all costs.

The Survivalist focuses on an unnamed man, living in isolation on his makeshift farm. With food scarce, the man guards his crops carefully, fearing all invaders. But, time alone is taking a toll on his psyche. When a stern middle-aged woman (Olwen Fouéré) and her twenty-something daughter (Mia Goth) come across his cabin, the man is faced with a difficult choice of whether to take them in and risk his resources or eschew human contact. While at first hostile towards their arrival, the man allows them to stay after the mother offers up her daughter in exchange for food and shelter. Suspicion abounds while allegiances shift rapidly, as the young woman develops feelings for the man even as her mother whispers treacherous plans to overtake the property. Growing darker and darker with each twist and turn, The Survivalist is a tense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

DIRECTOR: Stephen Fingelton
CAST: Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouéré
COUNTRY: UK, Northern Ireland
YEAR: 2015
LENGTH: 109 min

IN COMPETITION: First Feature Award
Saturday, October 24

5:10pm EDT

Thursday, October 29

9:10pm EDT