Ahead of World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival, the first trailer debuted for the AI sci-fi thriller The Artifice Girl, the feature directorial debut from writer/director Franklin Ritch, starring Ritch alongside Tatum Matthews, David Girard, Sinda Nichols, and Lance Henriksen.
Tense, taut, and timely, The Artifice Girl is described as an intimate and grounded indie sci-fi following four people over the course of their lives — and isolated to basically only two locations — The Artifice Girl expertly confronts its emotionally heavy plot and asks questions of consent, ethics, existence, and righteousness with unnerving degrees of real-life relevancy.
Prior to his upcoming feature debut, Ritch was known for his earlier short films, the multi-award-winning The 27 Deaths (2021), Bedridden (2018) – both of which premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest — as well as Powerful (2018) and Still Life (2018). Across his body of work, his deliberately shot genre-defying films have maintained similar themes and approaches with each entry presenting uniquely dissonant ideas based upon reflective and emotionally complex topics.
Watch the official teaser trailer for The Artifice Girl.