Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Christopher Winterbauer
USA, 2019, 106m
East Coast Premiere/2nd US Screening
Christopher Winterbauer’s debut feature, Wyrm—adapted from his fantastic short of the same name (FFF 2018)—is a deep, absurd, and incredibly funny story about a grieving, awkward teen, Wyrm (Theo Taplitz), who lives in a ‘90s-esque universe where kids wear red-light blinking collars until they experience their first kiss. A bonkers sci-fi farce laced with dry and irreverent humor, Wyrm balances every teen’s nightmare with genuinely heartfelt moments. The only one in his class, including his twin Myrcella (played brilliantly by Azure Brandi), who hasn’t lost his embarrassing collar, Wyrm is desperate to do so. If things weren’t difficult enough, he must also collect audio tributes for a memorial for his popular jock brother who mercilessly bullied him and his sister. Reminiscent of the dark and twisted humor of Todd Solondz and Yorgos Lanthimos, Wyrm is a strikingly original coming-of-age tale that depicts the universal truths about being different against a backdrop that is uniquely bizarre.