Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Premiering to critical acclaim at the 2021 London Film Festival, Marcos Mereles’ tongue-in-cheek, genre-defying first feature explores the egos and idiosyncrasies of a fashion shoot gone wrong.

An eccentric photographer (Sid Phoenix), his eager assistant (James Aroussi) and a jaded make-up artist (Rosie Steel) are waiting for a model (Isabelle Bonfrer) to arrive. They’ve never used this London warehouse location before, but it’s not like anything out of the ordinary. Yet when one of their number disappears overnight, events take a turn for the surreal. With stylish cinematography and strong performances from a cast of rising stars, All is Vanity marks out writer-director Marcos Mereles as one to watch.

From Marcos:

All is Vanity is a project where genre boundaries are blended, this allowed me to have certain freedom that otherwise wouldn’t have worked if I would have relied on the elements of a specific genre. My approach was to look after the needs of the story, and this meant introducing narrative elements that lead to a structure that answered the plot points in the story and the character’s intentions. By tying up together all the stages in the story, I made sure that the genre-transition (or mixture) would be more fluent, and this also gives a connection between all the elements in the somewhat surreal and unexpected world of the film.

All is Vanity was written to create a diverse range of responses from audiences. I aspire that, as a story where limits are not completely set, it would make people wonder about how far things can go for the characters, since it could be a larger universe that blends mystery, drama, suspense, fantasy, comedy, magic realism and much more.”

We have 30 free tickets available for this screening at Glasgow Film Theatre, available on a first-come first-served basis. Register now to confirm your space!

The screening will be followed by a Q+A with director Marcos Mereles and lead actor Sid Pheonix.

About Marcos Mereles

Award-winning filmmaker. Born in Argentina, based in London. His first feature film All Is Vanity (UK, 2021) had its world premiere at the 65th BFI London Film Festival and will be released in UK cinemas in October 2022. His short films have been selected in more than 40 festivals around the world, such as Cleveland (’FilmSlam Award’ nominee), Nashville (’Graveyard Shift Short Award’ nominee), Fantasia, Imagine (‘Silver Méliès Award’ nominee), Manchester (‘Best Experimental’ winner), Capri Hollywood (’Capri Short Cut Award’ nominee) and many others.

About Sid Pheonix

On screen he has appeared alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins (dir. Stephen Frears); Ben Foster and Jesse Plemons in The Program (dir. Stephen Frears); and Alice Lowe, Laura Fraser and Nicholas Pinnock in Dark Encounter (dir. Carl Strathie) He won a New York Film Award for his portrayal of World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in The Burying Party. He has appeared on stage in roles as varied as Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Dionysus in The Bacchae, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in London’s West End. He is attached to several upcoming projects, including The Prayer Wheel from Citadel Pictures, The Evil in Me from Strathie Films, and Phonos 1 from Flamingo House, and will next be seen in Cary Fukunaga’s series Masters of the Air.

Special thanks to Verve Pictures for supporting this opportunity.

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