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Jill, a lonely, distraught housewife with four unruly children, paces on her dining room table with a belt around her neck, contemplating a desperate end to her wretchedness. Her husband, Bill, focused on his identity as breadwinner and an affair with a lusty co-worker, is as oblivious to Jill’s growing terror that she will do something destructive as he is to the panic at his unraveling company. Meanwhile, dogs bark and howl through the night, as one persistent mutt continually stalks the family’s yard. When Jill’s psyche finally breaks, she takes on a vicious new canine persona.

Marianna Palka (returning to the Festival after 2008’s Good Dick) writes, directs, and stars in this provocative film. She balances a whip-smart, deeply unsettling take on the horrors of a crumbling nuclear family with a palpable sensitivity for her character’s plight and perfectly timed comedic flourishes. Jason Ritter delivers a beautifully tragicomic performance as Bill, who’s transformed by bizarre crisis from an indifferent hound of a man entirely untethered from his family to their unexpected emotional anchor.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Midnight

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 93 min

COMPANY Company X/SpectreVision

WEBSITE http://thisiscompanyx.com

EMAIL stacy@spectrevision.com

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Marianna Palka

Sundance Film Festival alum and proud Scotswoman Marianna Palka is excited to be returning to Park City with Bitch. In 2008, she made her first journey with Good Dick, starring Jason Ritter and herself. In 2010, she returned as a Sloan Juror and then again in 2014 with the short documentary The Lion's Mouth Opens. With Bitch, Palka dove headfirst into the surreal, manic, funny, absurd, tragic, painful, and oh-so-beautiful world of family life.