Anna Biller

Anna Biller is an independent American filmmaker who was born and raised in Los Angeles.[1] She is known for her visual style, and for her use of period genres and satire. Her 2007 sexploitation feature film Viva premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won the Best of Fest Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. The film was also entered into the main competition at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

Reason magazine called Viva an "uncannily precise rendition of the look, sound, mood, and arch dialogue" of seventies sexploitation films, with "high-key, pseudo-Technicolor lighting and spare, colorful set design." Biller's work follows in the tradition of the few women to work in the sexploitation genre, along with Doris Wishman and Stephanie Rothman.

Her latest film, The Love Witch, is a twist on classic serial killer films, featuring a female killer who kills through calculated sexuality, causing her male victims to fall too much in love.[3] Richard Brody of The New Yorker said of The Love Witch, "Biller puts genre to the test of do-it-yourself artistry, and puts feminist ideology itself to the test of style. The film pulsates with furious creative energy throughout, sparking excitement and giddy amazement that it even exists."[4]In May 2016, The Love Witch was acquired for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories.[5]



  1. "L.A.-Bred Filmmaker Anna Biller Made a Witchy Retro Masterpiece That Straight Guys Will Misread".
  2. "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  3. ""The Love Witch" (2016): Serial Killing Meets Sexual Politics in Occult Thriller".
  4. Brody, Richard. "The State of Independent Film in 2016". The New Yorker.
  5. "Oscilloscope Laboratories Picks Up Anna Biller's Spellbinding 'The Love Witch' – Exclusive". Indiewire.
  6. "Review: Anna Biller's THE LOVE WITCH - Shock Till You Drop". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  7. Staff, Variety. "Review: 'Viva'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  8. "Viva". AV Club. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  9. Dargis, Manohla (2008-05-02). "Swinging Suburbia and the Sensual City". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  10. "Viva (review)". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2016-04-08.

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