Interview: Lucile Hadžihalilović on the subconscious storytelling that shaped Evolution

French film director Lucile Hadžihalilović deals in contradictions. Her imagery is vivid yet cryptic; her methods precise yet intuitive. It’s been 12 years since her last film—the lush Freudian fairy tale Innocence—played in a small handful of U.S. theaters. Now, after last year’s festival run—including a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, where our own A.A. Dowd said it “casts a singular dreamlike spell”—her third feature, the sci-fi/horror hybrid Evolution, is in limited release thanks to distributor IFC Midnight.

Evolution takes place on an isolated island populated only by young boys and women, all with the same pale skin and long auburn hair. There, the preadolescent Nicolas (Max Brebant) is taken to a hospital by his mother, where he and a handful of other boys receive a series of mysterious injections. Soon after, unexplained beings begin growing inside of them …

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