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A remake of the successful feature film Goodnight Mommy, directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala in 2014, will soon be made in the US. The two Austrian directors will take part in the production of the film, wich will be directed by American Matt Sobel. In the leading role: the versatile Naomi Watts, who already took part in the US remake of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games in 2007.

A new mysterious face

Already since its premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, the psychological horror Goodnight Mommy has shocked and fascinated many spectators. And so filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala – who had already directed the documentary Kern in 2012 – finally became known beyond national borders. So strong was the film’s impact on audiences and critics that it was decided to make a remake seven years later. This time Franz and Fiala will take part in the project as producers, while American Matt Sobel will direct.

In the leading role, however, will be the versatile Naomi Watts, who already took part in the remake of another renowned Austrian film in 2007: Funny Games, directed in both versions by Michael Haneke. She will play the enigmatic mother of twins who, returning home after an important facial operation, will struggle to be recognised by her children. In Goodnight Mommy by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the role of the protagonist had been entrusted to icy Susanne Wuest, who successfully conveyed a strong sense of anguish to the audience, but at the same time made them identify with her.

Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s film – to date one of the most successful Austrian feature films of recent years – has also won numerous national and international awards, including five nominations for the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2016 (including Best Film and Best Director), the Grand Diagonale Prize 2015 and the Wiener Filmpreis at the Viennale 2015.

After the success of Goodnight Mommy, produced by Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, Franz and Fiala are considered among the most promising names, in Austria, concerning horror cinema and in 2019 they also directed their first English-language feature film: the controversial The Lodge. Their career is thus more prolific than ever.

Veronika Franz, wife of the famous Ulrich Seidl, has been writing scripts for her husband’s films for years, while Severin Fiala, Seidl’s nephew, is also a film producer together with his aunt and uncle. Their completely open-minded approach, which also treasures what has been made in the past, has thus finally been acknowledged by film producers all over the world. Yet we just have to see what imprint Matt Sobel will give to his next film.

Will the director stage something totally personal or will he faithfully replicate what Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala have made before him? It is still too early to know. And in fact, the film’s shooting has not yet started and, for now, there is still no certain date to indicate when it will start.

Still, curiosity is undoubtedly high. We will just have to wait a few months to see what other form Goodnight Mommy will take. And hopefully we will finally be able to watch it in a movie theatre.

Info: the website of Goodnight Mommy