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The Absence of Milk In the Mouths of the Lost

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Art Label is the new outlet for envelope-pushing arthouse and experimental cinema. Growing from previous work under the Verboden Video and Culture Shock Releasing banners, Art Label is focusing on films that challenge traditional rules of form and content. Art Label is broadening its roots in horror and exploitation, reaching into other dimensions of expression to give new kicks to a well-versed audience of cinematic thrill seekers. Even the most hardened moviegoers will find stimulation in Art Label's releases.

Maria St. John is a ghost of her former self. Ever since her daughter went missing, Maria has forgotten how to eat, how to sleep, how to exist at all. No matter where she goes, there are reminders of her missing daughter, Jessica. On the one year anniversay of Jessica’s disappearance, Maria encounters a mysterious milkman who has a strong connection with her lost child, and he may be the only person who can reunite them.

The Absence of Milk in the Mouths of the Lost is the second feature film from bold, young director Case Esparros. His first feature film, King Baby, garnered praise from beloved cult icons John Waters and Jon Moritsugu. This sophomore effort sees the addition of legendary outsider artist Gary Wilson (subject of the documentary, You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story) in the role the milkman, and a tender performance by Hannah Weir (Hustlers, A Ship of Human Skin) as the distraught mother, set to a haunting original score by Aaron Dilloway of experimental noise band Wolf Eyes.

directed by: Case Esparros
starring: Gary Wilson, Hannah Weir, Amelie Fernandez, River Faught
2023 / 75 min / 1.78:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Feature-length drunk commentary with writer-director Case Esparros
  • Interview with star Gary Wilson
  • Interview with director Case Esparros
  • Director-moderated conversation with composer Aaron Dilloway
  • Director Q&A From live screening at the University of Central Florida
  • “Herbert” Case Esparros’ short film scored by Gary Wilson
  • Remastered original trailer
  • 32-page booklet featuring concept art and behind the scenes photos
  • English SDH on feature film