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Recapping from earlier today…
Vipaka is a southern, gothic, psychological thriller that stars Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, that will make its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT next month.
The film's official synopsis reads:
An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter, is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez, who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.
Mackie plays Thomas, and Whitaker plays Angel. Lathan plays Mackie's wife, who's caught in a love triangle that includes her husband (Mackie) and Mike Epps’ character, who plays his brother.
French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena) directed the film.
In a past interview on the project, Sanaa Lathan said that Epps is doing "a really dark, complicated edgy role," and that "people are gonna be so blown away by him in this movie."
In that same interview, she added that "there’s definitely some freaky shit in it. It will keep people on the edge of their seats. You’ll be jumping and screaming, but it’s also really deep and really layered. I’m not interested in doing a straight horror film. I’m excited because there are good moments in Vipaka that I don’t think people have seen Black people do on screen lately."
Needless to say, I'm excited to see this – given its cast, characters, story, etc. On paper, it all reads well, and I'm hoping that the execution is just as engaging.
By the way, the word "Vipaka" is a Buddhist term meaning the result of karma.
Here's your first official look at the film in the full image below.