Directed by Sebastián Silva, who brought his own brand of subtle weirdness to Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, Nasty Baby looks set to continue the auteur’s recurring motifs of anxiety and horror drawn from social interaction. This brief glimpse of the film begins like many indie dramas, with hints of mumblecore and naturalistic hand-held camerawork. However, as the trailer continues, this familiar still life is permeated by startling imagery most likely found in a horror film. The plot revolves around a young woman (Kristen Wiig) who, wanting a child, asks her gay best friends (Sebastián Silva & Tunde Adebimpe) to act as donor. This seemingly simple procedure seems to have dramatic affects on the dynamic of the friends’ relationship.
Check out the trailer and official synopsis below:
Nasty Baby, centers around a Brooklyn couple, Freddy (Sebastian Silva) and his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) who are trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend, Polly (Kristen Wiig). Freddy is an artist, and his latest work is all about babies – it’s clear he’s dying to be a father. Polly is a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a man. Mo is hesitant about the entire idea, especially when Polly isn’t having success with Freddy?s sperm and the donor responsibility shifts to him. Set almost entirely in the multicultural vibrancy of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the trio navigates the idea of creating life, when they are confronted by unexpected harassment from particularly aggressive neighborhood man, nicknamed The Bishop (Reg E. Cathey). The Bishop is bothersome in small, yet persistent ways, with a hint of danger. As their clashes become increasingly aggressive, someone is bound to get hurt.
Nasty Baby also stars Alia Shawkat, Mike Margolis, and Reg E. Cathey. The film will premier at the London Film Festival on October 13.