Cecilia Milocco and Frida Kempff Discuss Psychological Thrills in Knocking | Sundance 2021 [Exclusive Interview]

Cecilia Milocco appears in Knocking by Frida Kempff, an official selection of the Midnight section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Hannes Krantz. All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or ‘Courtesy of Sundance Institute.’ Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.

Cecilia Milocco
Cecilia Milocco stars in Knocking at the Sundance Film Festival 2021.

Any type of knocking sounds from the walls would drive a person crazy. With someone who recently left a psychiatric ward, she struggles with the noise on whether it’s a cry for help or simply noises from the imaginations in her head.

Knocking premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this year as part of its late-night film series. The film explores the gaslight culture and social stigma against those experiencing mental illness. Director Frida Kempff uses visuals that illustrate the desperation and claustrophobia from the character’s mental state that leaves audiences seeking the same answers till the very end.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

What. Is. That. Noise. When Molly hears knocking coming from the ceiling in her new apartment, she naturally searches for the source. The upstairs neighbors don’t know what she’s talking about and dismiss her with cool indifference. Is this all in her mind? After all, she’s still processing a traumatic event that left her mentally unwell, and the unprecedented heatwave isn’t helping her think clearly. As the knocking intensifies and gives way to a woman’s cries, Molly becomes consumed with finding out the truth. Could it be Morse code? Is someone trapped? And more importantly, why doesn’t anyone care?

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actress Cecilia Milocca and director Frida Kempff on their premiere of Knocking. We talked about the creation of a psychological thriller in the small dark apartment spaces.

Cecilia Milocca is a Swedish, who starred in films such as Involuntary, The Circle, and Reset. In 2009, she received a nomination for best actress for De ofrivilliga at the Guldbagge Awards.

Frida Kempff studied at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and made several award-winning shorts. In 2010, her short film Bathing Mickey received the Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her 2015 documentary Winter Buoy played at Cinema du Reel and the Goteborg Film Festival.

Knocking premieres tonight virtually at the Sundance Film Festival at 10 p.m. MT and features a 24-hour screening window the following day.

Watch the exclusive interview with actress Cecilia Milocco and director Frida Kempff below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Sundance Film Festival

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