A couple of weeks ago, The Dissolve gave the Essential Viewing tag to Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring, a supernatural romance that turns its seaside Italian setting into a site that’s equally swooning and dread-soaked, like Before Sunrise crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. The film tells the story of a wayward American (Lou Taylor Pucci) who meets a mysterious and seductive stranger (Nadia Hilker) in his travels and embarks on a relationship that’s complicated by a terrible secret. As with their promising first feature, the twisty meta-horror film Resolution, Benson and Moorhead—whom we interviewed here—approach genre with an eye toward tweaking its conventions. Spring accomplishes that by using its horror elements as an effective and complex metaphor for love, commitment, compromise, but it’s also a remarkably beautiful piece of filmmaking, especially given the budget constraints.
Now artist Brandon Schaefer has designed a Spring poster for Mondo that evokes the verdancy suggested by its title and the threat that lurks in the background of its central relationship, a coiled tentacle ready to squeeze. Mondo and Drafthouse Films are debuting the poster below, which is currently limited to 100 prints and retailing at $40. Details about its availability for sale will be posted on Twitter @MondoNews. Spring is currently in limited release and on VOD via most major platforms.