IFC Midnight has announced that RELIC, writer and director Natalie Erika James’ unforgettable and auspicious feature debut, will appear in theaters and be available on Video On Demand on July 10, 2020.
When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. All three generations of women are brought together through trauma and a powerful sense of strength and loyalty to face the ultimate fear together.
The film stars Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns, The Bookshop), Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women), and Robyn Nevin (“Upper Middle Bogan”, Careful, He Might Hear You).
RELIC is directed by Natalie Erika James (Creswick, Drum Wave). James wrote the screenplay with Christian White (Creswick, Clickbait). The cinematography is done by Charlie Sarroff (Burrow, We’ve All Been There).
The film is produced by Anna McLeish (Snowtown, The Turning), Sarah Shaw (Partisan, Shopping), Jake Gyllenhaal (Velvet Buzzsaw, Spider-Man: Far From Home), and Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation, Hello, My Name is Doris). It is executive produced by Joe Russo (“Magic: The Gathering”, “Deadly Class”), Anthony Russo (Extraction, Past Midnight), Mike Larocca (21 Bridges, The Drop), Todd Makurath (How to be a Serial Killer), Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, and Hu Junyi.
RELIC had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 to critical acclaim, praising the film as a fresh and terrifying twist on the notorious haunted-house tale.