PETROL (2022)
Alena Lodkina
Thriller Fantasy Mystery 95'
Australia English & Russian with English Subs
Festivals Fantaspoa 24, London Oz FF 2023, SIWFF 2023, Cinemajove 2023, Festival Subversif 2023, New Directors New Films 2023, Kino Athens IFF 2023, Marrakech IFF 2022, CinefestOZ 2022, Melbourne IFF 2022 WP Locarno FF 2022

An idealistic film student is drawn into an enigmatic performance artist’s shadowy world

Melbourne-raised filmmaker Alena Lodkina casts an enigmatic spell of a movie
centered around a film student named Eva (Nathalie Morris) and her fragmenting interior world.
While working on a deeply personal school project, Eva meets the mercurial Mia (Hannah Lynch),
with whom she develops a close bond bordering on obsession. As Eva is drawn into Mia’s orbit,
she comes increasingly to question her sense of reality,

'An Australian Standout at This Year’s New Directors/New Films Series'

- The New Yorker

'Petrol captures the intensity of women's friendships beautifully'

"Calls to mind '60s French sci-fi La Jetée"
- TimeOut

"Defies genre and flirts with horror"
- The Guardian

Nathalie Morris is best known internationally for her starring role in Stan’s Australian teen series Bump,
which airs in USA on the CW Network, HBO Max in Latin America and BBC in the UK.

produced by Kate Laurie (Strange Colours)

Cinematography by Michael Latham (The Assistant, Buoyancy), editing by Luca Cappelli (Strange Colours),
production design by Leah Popple (The Stranger), and costume design by Phoebe Taylor
and score by Mikey Young (Strange Colours).
Robert Connolly (The Dry) & Liz Kearney (Sweet As) are executive producers.
A MIFF Premiere Fund film, with the support of Screen Australia, VicScreen, SBS and Orange Entertainment.