Monday, September 01, 2014

The stomach

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“Frank's had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others have different plans.”

“Médium dont la méthode unique et grotesque d'entrer en contact avec les morts met sa propre vie en péril, Frank en a assez. Mais dans ce monde comme dans l'au-delà, d'autres ont aussi leurs plans.”

(Text from the Festival's program)

The story of this short movie is quite interesting — it's a great horror idea, something in-between P. K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft! Some criminal had his brother killed, but couldn't find the goods that he was hiding. He therefore consult a medium to ask his brother where is the loot. He puts his brother shoes into the medium's feet, speaks in a tube inserted in the medium's mouth and listen with a stetoscope into the medium's stomach, which become a door to the other world and to the deceased. The brother is uncooperative and finds a way to get his revenge... Quite original!

The stomach: United Kingdom, 2014, 15 mins; Dir./Scr.: Ben Steiner; Phot.: Dom Bartels; Ed.: Jacob Proctor, Dan Dixon; Mus.: Dicken Marshall, Mark Ashworth; Cast: Aimon Meacock, Ben Bishop, Peter Marinker, Kiki Kendrick, Neil Newborn. Short film screened in opening to Tokyo - The city of glass at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 22nd, 2014 (Cinema Quartier Latin 15, 19h00) as part of the “Focus on World Cinema” segment.
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The stomach © Ben Steiner / Fume Films.

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