Unsane (2018)

Unsane (2018)

Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is being stalked by a man named David (Joshua Leonard). She blocks his number on her cell phone, changes her email address, takes out a restraining order and moves many times to escape him.

She looks into support groups for the victims of stalks and thinking she’s signing papers to become a member of a group at a mental health center, she winds up being involuntarily admitted as a psychiatric patient. Not only that, but she believes her stalker has followed her and is posing as a medical worker to get close to her. The more she insists she’s not crazy, the crazier she appears. Her mother (Amy Irving) tries to get Sawyer released, and even goes so far as to go to the police. As Sawyer continues to see David all around her, she begins to wonder if she actually is crazy.

Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. The film stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018. It is scheduled to be released on March 23, 2018, by Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing.

In July 2017, it was announced Steven Soderbergh had shot a film in secret alongside Claire Foy and Juno Temple. It was shot on an iPhone in 4K, and will be released through Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing banner. In August 2017, Jay Pharoah confirmed his involvement in the film.

Unsane (2018) - Claire Foy

Steven Soderbergh says he’ll likely shoot all his future movies on iPhones

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh said that after shooting the upcoming psychological thriller Unsane on an iPhone, he will likely shoot all future movies the same way – despite previously enthusing about high-end RED cameras.

Soderbergh said that while some indie filmmakers shoot on iPhone for PR or budget reasons, that’s not what drove his decision …

The director told Indiewire that the 4K capture looked great even on the big screen. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.” […]

The filmmaker has experimented with digital cinematography for years, going back to 2002’s “Full Frontal,” but found that the iPhone offered unparalleled quality. “People forget, this is a 4k capture,” said Soderbergh, who was long a passionate advocate for the high-end RED cameras. “I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me.”

He said that shooting on iPhone was a ‘liberating’ experience. Soderbergh said he was so impressed with the quality of iPhone cinematography that he would likely continue to use phones to shoot his movies going forward […]

Unsane (2018)

“I’d have to have a pretty good reason not to be thinking about that […] There’s a philosophical obstacle a lot of people have about the size of the capture device. I don’t have that problem. I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker, and that I continue having. The gets that I felt moment to moment were so significant that this is, to me, a new chapter.”

Unsane is scheduled for release on March 23. The plot revolves around a young woman who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution ‘where she is confronted by her greatest fear — but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?’

Other films shot on iPhone include Cannes Grand Prix winner Paranmanjang, Sundance hit Tangerine, documentary The Painter of Jalouzi, cinematic short Made in Paris and Apple-funded Détour.

Unsane Movie Poster (2018)

Unsane (2018)

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Joshua Leonard, Erin Wilhelmi, Jay Pharoah, Sarah Stiles, Ursula Triplett, Zach Cherry, Polly McKie, Laura Rothschild
Screenplay by: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer
Production Design by: April Lasky
Cinematography by: Steven Soderbergh
Film Editing by: Steven Soderbergh
Costume Design by: Susan Lyall
Set Decoration by: Kim Fischer
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing behavior, violence, language, and sex references.
Distributed by: Bleecker Street
Release Date: March 23, 2018