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Maelstrom Festival announces fright-film lineup

Originally posted on 2010-09-14 16:53:46 by Samuel Zimmerman

This weekend (September 17-19), the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival hits Seattle’s SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street), showcasing four regional feature-film premieres—including the Pacific Northwest debut of the hard-hitting and controversial A SERBIAN FILM—and over 40 shorts. Hit the jump to find out what you can expect!

Feature Film Schedule

September 17, 8:30 p.m.: Opening Night Film: Adam Mason’s BLOOD RIVER

“A psychological thriller following a successful young married couple on their way to visit family. After a blowout on a desolate stretch of highway in Nevada, they head to the next town only to discover it long abandoned. Here they meet a mysterious stranger who seems to know decidedly more than he is sharing. In aiding their survival, he gradually undermines some of their most comfortable assumptions, playing wife off against husband. As they struggle to co-operate with this plain-speaking itinerant without compromising their own trusted partnership, his behavior becomes more bizarre and accusatory. Surface reality starts to fragment, dark secrets threaten to emerge, and their secure lives start to unravel…”

September 18, 6 p.m.: Cesar Ducasse and Mathieu Peteul’s DARK SOULS (MORKE SJELER)

“A young girl, Johanna, is attacked and seemingly murdered. Her father receives a phone call from the police pronouncing her dead as he sees her walk in the front door of their house. Strange things begin to happen to Johanna, she is disorientated and becomes pale and unresponsive. Similar attacks begin to happen and Johanna’s father takes it on himself to find out the truth. He embarks on a dark thrill ride of lost memories, conspiracy and zombie-like symptoms. Finding the mysterious darkness within is the source of the bizarre world he has uncovered.” 

September 18, 8:30 p.m.: Srdjan Spasojevic’s A SERBIAN FILM (SRPSKI FILM)

Note: This screening is 18+ only, and IDs will be checked.

“Milos is a former porn star who is down on his luck financially. When he receives a call from his long-time movie actress partner, Layla, he welcomes her call. Apparently she’s heard that a new film director wants to hire Milos to star in his ‘artistically designed’ porn film for a very generous price. He is easily lured form his semi-retirement by the lucrative offer, agreeing to meet the director in an isolated mansion. As the filming progresses, Milo begins to suspect that the director’s intentions may be darker than mere pornography. As the film begins to devolve into a horrifically violent production, Milos finds escape may not be an option.”

September 19, 8:30 p.m.: Closing Night Film: Tom Provost’s THE PRESENCE

“In this darkly romantic ghost story, a woman [Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino] travels to an isolated cabin where she finds herself stalked by an apparition [Shane West, RED SANDS] who has come to inhabit her space as his own. With the unexpected arrival of the woman’s boyfriend [Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, WEEDS], the dark spirit’s haunting grows more obsessive. Soon the woman begins to exhibit weirdly irrational behavior as the thin line between sanity and possession begins to unravel. A stunning directorial debut from Tom Provost, THE PRESENCE is grounded in terrific performances, beautiful cinematography, a lush musical score, and a Hitchcockian style that explores the idea of pure cinematic storytelling.” 

In addition to its full-length selections, the festival is also hosting notable shorts, including the Adrienne Barbeau-starring ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD (see item and interviews here) and THE NECRONOMICON, a “a short and biting spoof of faith-based commercial advertising and accepted religious dogma.”

For more info, including the full lineup, schedule and how to get tickets, head to the official MIFFF site here  and the TIFF Cinema official site here

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