THE WONDER

WORLD

US, UK, Ireland 2022, 102 min, Director: Sebastián Lelio

Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, MVFF40) directs this gripping adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s (Room, MVFF38) revisionist historical novel set in her native Ireland. It’s been a decade since the Great Famine when a million died from starvation and a million more fled the country. Now, a “fasting girl” in Ireland’s countryside has stopped eating, claiming to subsist solely on “manna from above.” The town’s leaders summon an English nurse (Florence Pugh) to help sit a two-week vigil, watching for proof of saintliness or fraudulence, the child’s well-being be damned. Then, beset by her own demons, the nurse’s fate becomes tied to that of the girl. Accompanied by an eerie soundtrack with the power to beckon ghosts, and shot by Ari Wegner (The Power of the Dog, MVFF44) in a stunning series of Rembrandt-lit rooms and cloud-eclipsed landscapes, The Wonder summons the medieval, when condemnation and beatification threatened the same earthly outcome. —Shari Kizirian

IN PERSON: writer-director Sebastián Lelio


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Director

Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio made his narrative feature debut with The Sacred Family (2005), winning numerous film festival awards. Among his other films are Gloria (2013), winner of two Berlin International Film Festival Awards and a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film; A Fantastic Woman (MVFF40), an Oscar® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and recipient of three Berlin International Film Festival Awards; and Disobedience (2017).

Film Info

Year:

2022

Running Time:

102

Director:

Sebastián Lelio

Cinematographers:

Ari Wegner

Editors:

Kristina Hetherington

Writers:

Emma Donoghue (novel), Alice Birch, Sebastián Lelio (script)

Cast:

Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones, Elaine Cassidy

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