“Piaffe” (2023) Movie Releases on August 25

Piaffe
Molly Se-kyung
Molly Se-kyung

Piaffe is a 2022 German-American drama fantasy film directed by Ann Oren and starring Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph, and Simon Jaikiriuma Paetau. The film follows Eva, an introverted and unqualified foley artist who is forced to take on her sister Zara’s job when Zara suffers a nervous breakdown. Eva struggles to create the sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, and then a horsetail starts growing out of her body. Empowered by her tail, she lures a botanist into an affair with a game of submission.

The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival on August 8, 2022, and was released in Germany on June 29, 2023.

Piaffe

About the movie

Unexpectedly thrown into a sound foley job for a commercial featuring a horse, Eva feels introverted and unqualified. However, as she gets more comfortable with the task, she starts to become obsessed with creating the ideal horse sounds. This passion leads her to a newfound physicality and confidence that she uses to draw an unsuspecting botanist into an intriguing game of domination. Captured on 16mm film, PIAFFE is a visual journey that explores themes of control, gender, and artifice.

Release Date

August 25, 2023 (United States)

The Cast

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Simone Bucio
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Simon(è) Jaikiriuma Paetau

Sebastian Rudolph
Bjørn Melhus
Lea Draeger
Josef Ostendorf

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