63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan is proving himself to be a master manipulator of benign space, turning the familiar or domestic into a nightmarish labyrinth of horror. An affluent home becomes the setting for an intense showdown between a successful woman and that which haunts her. A fashion designer suffers from a mysterious illness that confounds her doctors and frustrates her husband – until help arrives in the form of a Filipino nanny who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth. Starring Eva Green and Mark Strong, Nocebo (which means a negative placebo effect) combines traditional folklore with modern concerns about cultural exploitation and, via moments of melodramatic grandeur, proves to be an intriguing work from one of Ireland’s most interesting talents.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Lorcan Finnegan
Script: Garret Shanley
Cinematography: Radek Ladczuk
Editing: Tony Cranstoun
Sound: Graham Newcombe
Actors: Eva Green, Mark Strong, Cathy Belton, Billie Gadsdon, Chai Fonacier
Production: Lovely Production, Wild Swim Films, Epicmedia Productions Inc, XYZ Films
Producers: Brunella Cocchiglia, Emily Leo
Costumes: Leonie Prendergast
Production Design: Lucy van Lonkhuyzen
Executive producer: Maxime Cottray, Cloé Garbay, David Gilbery, Bastien Sirodot, Marlon Vogelgesang
Make Up: Lynn Johnston, Zoë Gibney
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Ireland, Philippines
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 96΄
Contact: NBCUniversal

Lorcan Finnegan

Originally studying graphic design Lorcan moved into motion design, animation, TV commercials and music videos before focusing on longer form filmmaking. His supernatural short film Foxes, premiered at the SXSW and screened in competition at Tribeca and London BFI and picked up an IFTA for Best Short. His first feature, existential folk horror Without Name, starring Alan McKenna and Niamh Algar, premiered at TIFF in the Vanguard selection in 2016. His second feature, sci-fi thriller Vivarium, premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in Critics Week and won The Gan Foundation Award. As a photographer he published Grannyfashion in 2014, a book of his street photography as part of StudioAad!s Whereweare project. His work has been featured in many international exhibitions and publications including Mexico city, Paris and Berlin and featured as Time Magazine’s top nine street photographers to follow.


2011 Foxes (short)
2012 Renault: Afford to Live Again (short)
2014 Energia: Twins (short)
2016 Without Name
2019 Vivarium
2022 Nocebo