The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


Picked up by Decal — the newly-formed venture by Oscar-winning distributor Neon (Parasite) and Bleecker Street (Beasts Of No Nation) — prior to its SXSW debut, director Jaco Bouwer’s stunning South African film Gaia is a horrifying, psychedelic journey into the darker territories of nature.

A forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists, a father and son, after being injured. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the duo reveal themselves to harbor a cultish devotion to the forest…

“Fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, its Annihilation adaptation, and lovers of the defiantly feminine and vengeful natural world will find plenty to chew on in Gaia.” – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

“This slow-burn horror-fantasy narrative prefers a different approach to eco-horror by creating a stunning assault on the senses.” – Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

“Fans of all stripes should find something to latch onto here; come for the fungus monsters, stay for the quasi-Biblical allusions, and it’ll be hard to leave disappointed.” – J Hurtado, ScreenAnarchy