Trailer Watch: “Knocking” Tells the Story of a Traumatized Woman Trying To Be Heard
Asked what she’d like audiences to think about after watching “Knocking,” director Frida Kempff told us “that everyone has the right to be listened to. I think [that notion is] more urgent than ever in the world we live in,” she emphasized. An eerie new trailer for the Sundance psychological horror pic sees Molly (Cecilia Milocco), a woman recovering from a traumatic incident, struggling to be be heard. When she moves into a new apartment, Molly starts hearing knocking and screaming that keep her up at night.
No one, including neighbors and police, seem to take Molly seriously. She’s repeatedly laughed at and told to “calm down.”
“‘Knocking’ is loosely based on a short novel called ‘Knocks’ and when I read the novel I could identify with Molly from my own life and that of my female friends,” Kempff shared. “It reminded me of the whole Me Too movement and that if you stand out in any way as a woman it is so easy to be judged and labeled crazy. In others’ eyes you are not a trustworthy person, and what can be scarier than no one believing you? Molly is a complex woman, just like we all are,” she explained, “and [there is a] lack of portraits like this in film.”
Kempff won Cannes’ Jury Prize in 2010 for her short “Bathing Micky.” “Knocking” marks her debut narrative feature and follows the release of her 2015 doc “Winter Buoy.”
You can catch “Knocking” in theaters October 8 and via digital and on demand October 19.