STRAWBERRY MANSION (2021)
Albert Birney & Kentucker Audley
Fantasy Adventure Sci Fi 91'
United States English Language
Festivals Dublin 2022, Sci Fi Trieste 2021, Los Cabos 2021, Sitges 2021, New Horizons 2021, Fantasia 2021 WP Sundance 2021

In a future where the government records dreams and taxes them, a dream auditor gets caught up in the dreams of an aging eccentric.
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?

Critic’s Pick! “a soulful sci-fi oddity” - Amy Nicholson
New York Times

“one of the most unique indie visions in years” - Carlos Aguilar
LA Times

“tale of supernatural menaces and splendors” - Richard Brody
The New Yorker

“Strawberry Mansion is an eccentric hybrid, like a handmade Valentine.” - Sheila O’Malley
RogerEbert.com

[A] visually entrancing and innovative fantasy.” - Eric Kohn
IndieWire

"Mind-bending and heartwarming.” - Kristy Puchko
RogerEbert.com

"Endearingly cash-strapped sci-fi fantasia" - Guy Lodge
Variety