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Synopsis: As romantic tensions consume Cote and her girlfriend, a pesky hangnail triggers a downward spiral into obsession.





Run Time

7 minutes


Luvia Petersen (Cote)
Bethany Brown (Ash)

Directed by

Rosalee Yagihara

Director's Statement

For me ‘Gnaw’ resonates as a story about how women can be so hard on ourselves and our bodies, as well as how that can interfere with our intimate relationships. It was fun to explore this with Luvia and Bethany while playing with psychological horror and body horror genres.

Director's Bio

After extensive travels through Southeast Asia and residing in Japan as well as New York City, Rosalee returned to her native Vancouver to further her education and to raise her two children, solo. She refined her visual sensibilities at Emily Carr University and has also earned a diploma in film production. Her documentary short ‘A Common Thread’ is viewable on The Green Channel. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and has over a decade experience working in film & television as an assistant director.

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