A prolific filmmaker, having made sixteen films in the past thirteen years, Michael Winterbottom’s dark and unnerving debut feature film Butterfly Kiss was a gunshot heard throughout the film world, announcing the arrival of a stunning new artist to the scene.
The film received rave reviews upon its release, firmly establishing Winterbottom’s intense visual style and compelling use of popular music to reinforce narrative.
The provocative and unsettling Butterfly Kiss will be released for the first time on DVD, in a newly remastered version, on 7 September 2009 courtesy of Second Sight Films.
Psychopathic drifter Eunice searches the motorways of the north for a mysterious woman named Judith, leaving a trail of corpses in her wake. Arriving at the next service station she meets Miriam, the slow-witted, drab attendant behind the counter.
The pair are strangely drawn to each other and that night Eunice strips to reveal chains, piercings and tattoos, seduces her new companion then takes off again. Miriam, now infatuated, gives chase and finds herself a willing accomplice in a journey of sleazy sex and increasingly bloody carnage.
Beginning his career working in British television before moving into features, with three of his films Welcome To Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People previously nominated for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Michael Winterbottom is one of the most consistently interesting and provocative names working in cinema today.
Astonishingly prolific, he has been a darling of the arthouse scene as well as a popular and mainstream director.