A surreal, partly animated fantasy that gradually becomes an endearing love story.
In 2035, our dreams are no longer our own–they’re infused with product placement and auditors assess unpaid taxes on our most private reveries. Beleaguered taxman James Preble (Kentucker Audley) arrives at a run-down house in the countryside for a routine audit and encounters Bella Isadora (Penny Fuller), a lifelong dreamer who remains resolutely analog, circumventing the surveillance state with VHS tapes and homemade headgear. As Preble works his way through Bella’s archive of the unconscious, he begins to fall in love with visions of her younger self (Grace Glowicki). But all is not well in dreamland as dangerous family secrets and a rogue’s gallery of blue demons and fried chicken pitchmen threaten to set the lovers’ paradise ablaze. Can Preble and Bella escape from the modern, monetized dreamscape and find refuge in Strawberry Mansion?
Reactions, Awards & Festivals
Critic’s Pick! “a soulful sci-fi oddity” - NEW YORK TIMES
“one of the most unique indie visions in years” - LA TIMES
“tale of supernatural menaces and splendors” - THE NEW YORKER
Official Selection SUNDANCE 2021
“Strawberry Mansion is an eccentric hybrid, like a handmade Valentine.” - ROGEREBERT.COM
“It’s very much its own thing, and in this movie day and age that is no small accomplishment.” - BOSTON GLOBE
“[A] visually entrancing and innovative fantasy.” - INDIEWIRE
“A cult weirdo classic in the making.” - THE PLAYLIST
"Mind-bending and heartwarming.” - ROGEREBERT.COM
"Endearingly cash-strapped sci-fi fantasia" - VARIETY