An early screening of the cannibal film "Raw" reportedly caused a few patrons to faint. The graphic movie now has an official release date and trailer (video below).
"Raw," written and directed by French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, follows the story of a vegetarian veterinary student who gets a taste for flesh after being forced to eat raw meat as part of a hazing ritual.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, when the film screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2016, paramedics had to be called after a few moviegoers fainted from the film's graphic content.
"An ambulance had to be called to the scene as the film became too much for a couple patrons," said Ryan Werner, who was responsible for the film's marketing at the festival and attended the screening.
Werner added that he witnessed a similar reaction to Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," which, according to The Telegraph, caused four people to faint during its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.
Daily Mail reports that "Raw" has been acquired by Focus Features and will be released in the U.S. on March 10.
The film's first trailer has been released and shows the protagonist writhing in blood-soaked sheets and later biting into a man while having sex with him.
The director of the film told Indiewire why she chose cannibalism as a theme.
"I thought about the three taboos of humanity," Ducournau said. "[There]’s murder, but we see murder in pretty much every movie, so that was not interesting for me to do. [The] second thing is incest and, honestly, for me, it’s not a topic I want to write about; it’s way too dark for me. And then [there's] cannibalism.
"In my previous movies, I’ve always worked with the body; I’m obsessed with the body. My visual language is through the body, showing the body, what’s inside of the body, what comes out of the body. ... I thought cannibalism was perfect, because it’s everything about the body. It’s full circulation of body elements!"
Warning: This video contains graphic content.