In Petrol, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Strange Colours, Russian-born, Australian filmmaker Alena Lodkina creates an enigmatic, wholly original magical coming-of-age story that doubles up as an existential mystery.
Eva, an impressionable film student of Russian background, befriends an enigmatic performance artist named Mia who quickly takes hold of Eva’s imagination. As Eva moves in with Mia and their lives grow more and more entwined, Eva sets off on a surreal journey of awakening, haunted by dreams, fantasies and ghosts. Starring the exciting new talents Nathalie Morris and Hannah Lynch, set in contemporary Melbourne, Petrol is the story of a haunted friendship between two young women, and the discovery of the world and self through a strange bond.
The New Yorker’s film critic Richard Brody singled out Petrol as a standout at New Directors/ New Films Festival 2023 held by Film at Lincoln Centre and MoMA.