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Torn between the time at home with her loving but needy and jealous mom, Hannah, self-sacrificingly chooses mom over her new friends. When Hannah's flirt, Andy, is found shot to death, Hannah is unwilling to share any information with the local sheriff's department on the nature of their relationship. Her mom, Silvia, steps in to protect Hannah even after she finds her daughter’s gory sexually violent drawings. What is Hannah hiding? Silvia will protect her daughter at all costs.

  • Vibeke Muasya
    Lost In africa
  • Vibeke Muasya
    Lost In Africa
  • Nikolaj Scherfig
    The Bridge
  • Lene Borglum
    The Neon Demon
  • Karen Leigh Sharp
    Key Cast
  • Madeleine Masson
    Key Cast
  • Joshua Malekos
    Key Cast
  • Lexy Ronning
    Key Cast
  • Kaveh Rezaie
    Key Cast
  • Mellica Bauman
    Key Cast
    "Young Hannah"
  • Cynthia Gatlin
    Key Cast
  • Cree Armstead
    Key Cast
  • Jake Howard
    Key Cast
  • Chris Rector
    Key Cast
  • Colton Merriman
    Key Cast
  • Lucas Crane
    Key Cast
  • Doug Boethin
    Key Cast
    "Sheriff Hogan"
  • Danny McGowan
    Key Cast
  • Val Camp
  • Alison Clancy
    original songs
  • Case Scott
  • Wyatt Miller
  • Camen Hodges
    First AC
  • Tara Kelly
  • Peter Trepke
    Sound recordist
  • Mitch Tanner
  • Terry Kelley
  • Amanda Bahl
  • Peter Trepke
    Sound design and mix
  • Doug Cadieux
  • Harry Pelton
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    psychological thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    137,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cine Paris FIlm Festival
    September 30, 2022
    Best Thriller
Distribution Information
  • Hewes Pictures
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Alarm Pictures
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV
Director Biography - Vibeke Muasya

Award-winning Danish born Director, writer, producer, whose first theatrical feature film, “Lost In Africa’, (2010)
gained more than 40 international nominations and 14 Best Movie Awards from International Film Festivals. Vibeke Muasya recently wrote and directed Twisted, her second feature
film as well as directed the thriller RUSHED (Theatrical US distribution by Vertical August 2021). Vibeke lives and works in Kenya, Denmark, and the United States. Her surname derives from her marriage with Kenyan-born journalist Kyalo Muasya with whom she has two kids Benjamin and Bella. Environmental and economic sustainability in the Global South as well as women's mental health is re-occurring themes in Vibeke's work.

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Director Statement

In Twisted, the body is very much the thematic focal point. My micro-budget feature film is created in a wonderful collaboration with a group of American, young and older undiscovered talent both in front and behind the camera. The story of Twisted comes from a deeply personal place, shot over the course of two-and-a-half years in Northern California during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the last few pages of the script directed via Zoom and WhatsApp in March 2021.
I grew up with a mother who was paranoid and psychotic at times, and I didn’t know it, because you don’t know as a child.
The mother-daughter relationship in my movie, albeit toxic, is really one of love. They are a couple. It’s not about penetration; it’s about the kidnapping of a life. It's about the love of death, of endings, of controlling life. We need to explore this painful mother-daughter relationship way more. It’s under-told, and it’s under-told by women. It was eye-opening to learn that a majority of the 'daughters' on set shared the same kinds of stories, even though I translate the emotional suppression into violence, I am proud of every frame we created together. In Twisted, I am exploring the making of a monster. You'll have to watch the very last frame to know what I mean.
Making a movie at this budget is a community project. There is no ego, but a unified vision. We took turns to pick up food, lived together on the location, and the cast took turns AD'ing and filling out continuity sheets, moving lights, etc. All were paid equally - regardless of the job description. It is my hope that these undiscovered talents get to shine a little, and that mental health issue in family relations is taken seriously.