Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy have always tended more towards the label of “artists” than that of “fashion designers” and their feature-length directorial debut is yet another feather in their multihyphenate caps. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Woodshock follows Theresa, a young woman using a weed-like drug to cope with the mysterious loss of her mother in a small, woodsy town (hence the film’s punny title). The movie is both written and directed by the twins, whose other film creds include designing costumes for Black Swan and is produced by A24, the studio responsible for Moonlight, The Lobster, and Spring Breakers.
The trailer, which dropped today, is full of gauzy, vaguely psychedelic scenes that do little to explain where the film actually goes in terms of plot but evoke a definite vibe of moodiness, turmoil, and quiet glamour. Basically, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the Mulleavys, who are never afraid to be offbeat, and whose love of the deep, dramatic forests of their California childhood is well-documented in their Rodarte collections. A24, for their part, has developed a reputation for producing stunning, sleeper-hit thrillers, so be prepared for the possibility of some legitimately scary shit.
Woodshock opens on September 15, and as WWD notes, the sisters, who recently opted out of New York Fashion Week in favor of appointment-only viewings, will show Rodarte’s spring 2018 line in Paris prior to the opening of the film.