Photo courtesy of Dallas International Film Festival
Shot entirely in black-and-white, Ale Paschoalini's feature directorial debut unfolds as an expressionistic tour-de-force crafted by an artist with something to say who refuses to use mere words to say it. Containing almost no dialogue, and using beautiful and narratively-relevant cinematography, Asco delivers a story that both questions and pushes the boundaries between desire and obsession that grow increasingly blurry and dangerous in our contemporary world.
Paschoalini's influences from Fellini, Buñuel, Lynch, and early Hitchcock are not only evident from the get-go, but also blended deftly into something entirely all its own. Art film aficionados will find Asco both a thought-provoking piece and a reason to be left speechless like the film itself.