Canadian Premiere
Selection 2021 On Demand

Strawberry Mansion

Directed by Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley

Virtual Screening


Official selection

Sundance Film Festival 2021
Seattle International Film Festival 2021
San Francisco Film Festival 2021


Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney


Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney


Kentucker Audley, Reed Birney, Penny Fuller, Grace Glowicki, Linas Phillips


Dan Deacon


Music Box Films

USA 2021 91 mins OV English
Genre DramaFantasyRomance

"Sensational, strange, and sophisticatedly sweet”
- Kristy Puchko, ROGEREBERT.COM

“There are pleasures to be taken from handmade execution of its vision, throwing everything in the pot from creaky animal puppetry to 8-bit effects”
- Guy Lodge, VARIETY

“A humorous, dark, and touching reverie conveyed with rich colors and directed with a kaleidoscopic vision”
- Jordan Raup, THE FILM STAGE

James Preble (Kentucker Alder) is a man who loves his Cap'n Kelly fried chicken. He likes it so much, in fact, he dreams about it; rather fitting since James is a dream auditor for the federal government, taxing monetary content in now-mandated recorded dreams. A mysterious letter leads him to the farmhouse of elderly eccentric Arabella Isadora (Penny Fuller), where years of her VHS-recorded dreams need to be audited. In the course of his job, James will meet Bella's younger self (the charming Grace Glowicki), discover a priceless dream world and unearth the secret to his – and our collective – dreams of sweet, delicious fried chicken.

Like that fried chicken, STRAWBERRY MANSION is a tasty and delicious (but non-fattening) comedic fantasy that's also original and quirky in all the right ways. Movies like this can run the risk of being too eccentric for their own good, but STRAWBERRY MANSION justifies it with a sweet and heartfelt tale that's also genuinely dreamlike. Beautifully imagined and realized by co-directors Alder and Albert Birney, who shot the film digitally then transferred to 16mm to achieve its distinctive look, it reminds us that dreams are where the happiness we all deserve exists and deserve to be embraced by us all, tax-free. Fantasians looking for a one-of-a-kind fantasy this year should keep their eyes wide open for STRAWBERRY MANSION. – Matthew Kiernan