CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2022
Country: USA
Language: English, Romanian
Run Time: 91 minutes


Julia joins her husband when he relocates to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Having recently abandoned her acting career, she finds herself frequently alone and unoccupied. One night, people-watching from her picture window, she spots a vague figure in an adjacent building, who seems to be looking back at her. Soon after, while alone at a local movie theater, Julia’s sense of being watched intensifies, and she becomes certain she’s being followed—could it be the same unknown neighbor? Meanwhile, a serial killer known as The Spider stalks the city. Utilizing near-vacant Bucharest streets and expansive luxury apartments, director Chloe Okuno and cinematographer Benjamin Kirk Nielsen design compositions that are both exquisite and unsettling, with every shadow offering cover for potentially imminent danger. But beneath the tension of Okuno’s hypnotic auteur vision, WATCHER is an elegantly simple depiction of one woman calculating in real time whether to trust her own sense of peril. Maika Monroe vividly conveys Julia’s nervous discomfort as no one takes her intuitions seriously and she pivots between self-doubt and defiant aggression. —Sundance Film Festival

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 12:10 PM

Friday, April 08, 2022 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

After Hours
Only at Playhouse Square

American Independents Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Chloe Okuno

Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Derek Dauchy, Mason Novick, John Finemore, Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

Chloe Okuno, Zack Ford

Benjamin Kirk Nielsen

Michael Block

Principal Cast
Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman

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