Fresh off his Academy Award nomination for co-writing The Worst Person in the World, Eskil Vogt has a new film arriving soon. Like the acclaimed romantic comedy, this one also competed at last year's Cannes Film Festival. But that's about all they have in common. The Innocents is after something much darker.
There's something horrifying and irresistible about kids with special powers. Whether it's X-Men or Chronicle, it's a premise filled with potential. Children can be far more loving than adults, but also capable of sinister things. That's why adding telekinetic abilities to their still-growing consciences can have deadly consequences. In the warm summer days, four kids start hanging out, wandering into the forests and playgrounds near their homes. They test out their new abilities, upping the ante along the way. With no supervision, it won't be long before someone gets hurt, or worse.
The Innocents opens in select theaters and on VOD on May 13.