Sick Bacchus

Violetta is one of London’s wealthy elite, rich and beautiful but pathologically dissatisfied with life. When her mind starts to destroy her body, she finds help in Dr. Gunter Berezovsky, a brilliant blood specialist and cultured psychopath who treats the city’s super-rich. As they become closer, a disturbing game plays out between them; one that will show her the truth about herself, and the society she inhabits. What she learns will change her forever.

  • Monika K. Adler
  • Aeon Rose
  • Monika K. Adler
  • Ontology Films London
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Monika K. Adler

Monika K. Adler is an acclaimed photographer and debut film director based in London, The United Kingdom. Her photography, short films and videoworks have shown in hundreds of film festivals, video art screenings, contemporary art galleries and museums internationally. These have included: Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; The Houses of Parliament, London; Photo London, Somerset House, London; Gislaveds Konsthall, Sweden; The State Museum of Gulag, Moscow; West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands; Façade Video Art Festival, Plovdiv; CICA Museum, South Korea; BBC 100 Women, London; Edinburgh International Festival; Ilmin Museum, Seoul; Sobering Gallery, Paris; Films On Art, Portugal; National Press Gallery Seoul, Korea; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK and The National Art Gallery Wozownia, Torun, Poland.

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Director’s Statement: Sick Bacchus

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”

Set in London’s Mayfair, Monika K. Adler’s upcoming movie, ‘Sick Bacchus,’ tells a story of modern slavery.

The movie’s main character, the rich and beautiful Violetta Memling, represents a privileged group in society for whom material abundance breeds pathology.

Every thing and everyone can be bought, reduced to the role of objects, made shallow and laid
waste to.

For Violetta though, her pleasant, materialistic life leads her to an existential hell. A hell filled with unbearable boredom, emptiness and loneliness which manifests itself in illness.

She is admitted to the exclusive clinic of Dr. Gunter Berezovsky, who provides an innovative yet controversial treatment for his wealthy clients. Here biology, consumerism and exploitation
take on a new meaning.

Violetta Memling is confronted with the uncomfortable truth about herself and the society she inhabits.

Does she react?