Director Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller Happy Face hits theatres and digital this January. Direct from a lauded festival run, the powerful film combines a thrilling story while exploring the importance of facial equality and representation. It stars Robin L’Homeau, Alison Midstokke, E.R. Ruiz, Debbie Lynch-White, and Dean Perseo.
Estranged from his manipulative cancer-stricken mother, Stan, a quixotic 19-year-old, dons a disguise and joins a therapy workshop for disfigured patients in a misguided attempt to reconnect with her. But when his deception is revealed, Stan, who is desperate to gain coping skills to care for his disease-ravaged mother, offers the afflicted patients a bargain: he stays with the group, and in exchange he teaches them how feel good about themselves : by using their “ugliness” as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture.
The film features music from the Violent Femmes & more.
Happy Face, releasing in virtual theaters January 1 and on digital January 5 from Dark Star Pictures.