Painting by Michael Koelsch
THE LOVE WITCH
Written, Produced, and Directed by: Anna Biller
Starring: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jared Sanford, Robert Seeley, Jennifer Ingrum
Cinematography: M. David Mullen, A.S.C.
Exective Producer: Jared Sanford
Production and Costume Design: Anna Biller
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers.
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
I wanted to make a movie about a witch, because I think that every woman is made to feel like a witch by the men who don’t understand her: that is, mysterious, dangerous, different, abnormal. Elaine, the main character of THE LOVE WITCH, has men constantly freaking out around her because of her sexiness. But they don’t really love her, and this makes her feel lonely and alienated. So she takes her revenge. It’s a fun movie in that I went all the way with my cinema fantasies, going deeply into the visual world of an iconic witch, but it’s also a realistic portrait of a pathological narcissist. Elaine is monstrous, wreaking havoc wherever she goes, but she is also sympathetic, because she has essentially been driven mad by being a woman, and is struggling to find love and acceptance in a world that has disappointed her at every turn.