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We're delighted to welcome director Natalia Sinelnikova to the screening on 11 November for an introduction and Q&A.

"A strikingly original, elegantly shot and designed and admirably controlled dystopian satire about the world’s current retreat from rational discourse towards paranoia-fuelled tribalism." - Lee Marshall, Screen International

"Through it all - this surprisingly subtle lesson about fractured social cohesion - there runs a thread of very dry, bitter humour. It feels completely appropriate, too, to quietly laugh at some of this weird, irrational, perceived vulnerability." - Keri O'Shea, Warped Perspective

Natalia Sinelnikova’s remarkable graduation film, is a razor-sharp dystopian satire set in a gated tower block. Inside, Anna works as a security officer for the residents who have a deep rooted fear of the outside world. The sudden disappearance of a dog causes panic and paranoia to spread around the community. When a newly formed vigilante group demands stricter security measures and a renewed vetting process, Anna begins to fear for her right to stay. Meanwhile Anna’s daughter has locked herself in the bathroom, convinced she is possessed by an ancestral spirit.

The screening on Friday 11 November will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Natalia Sinelnikova

Leeds New Directors Competition

We Might As Well Be Dead is screening as part of the Leeds New Director's Competition, with UK Premieres of eight features from first or second-time filmmakers. The eight features are screening from 11 to 13 November and you can find more information on this link.