*Online Premiere* Logline: When a Russian immigrant witnesses a mysterious crime, it casts a dark shadow on a family weekend. Our take: Allie Avital directs “The Naked Woman,” an austere drama about the aftermath of an unsettling incident. On a morning walk on a serene country road, Misha hears screaming and then sees a naked woman running for her life. Misha doesn’t intervene. In a daze, he returns home and tells his wife, who is disturbed as well, but doesn’t have much time to harp on it as a large gathering is planned at their home for the weekend. As the family piles in, Misha withdraws, haunted by guilt and unanswered questions. When he finally joins for dinner, the topic turns uncomfortably to the incident, where several interpretations of the events are introduced. Avital is an accomplished music video director (see here and here, amongst many others), and here she directs her first narrative short, a promising switchover. Her vivid imagery translates easily (particularly in the sequences with the naked woman), and she handles the drama and mise en scène confidently, all brought together with authentic, lived-in performances from the ensemble cast. [Watch on YouTube]. (17 minutes). Director: Allie Avital. Producer: Meghan Doherty. Starring Andrei Kouznetsov, Valeriya Korennaya, and Christine Spang. Cinematography by Sonja Tsypin and Max Lakner. Production Design by: Olga Grigorenko and Noa Bricklin. Edited by: Yana Karin. Color by: Kaitlyn Battistelli. Score by: Autre Ne Veut and Spencer Zahn.