LIVID

French directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s debut, À l’intérieur, is one of the best films to come from the wave of French extreme horror that’s been so prolific in the last few years, and it was a big hit when it screened at LIFFF in 2008. Now the duo is back with their new film.

It’s Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher who lies in a coma in her large, desolate house that is rumoured to contain a great treasure. Lucy, her boyfriend and his brother decide to search the house in the hope of finding valuables. Their hunt leads them into an increasingly horrifying series of events that will affect Lucy forever.

It’s hard to not think of Dario Argento, and especially his masterpiece Suspiria, when watching Livid. And indeed, it feels a lot like a love letter to the maestro – but the mood and atmosphere are also reminiscent of classic films from the Hammer studio.

Johan Barrander

Attending guests: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

(The screening is co-presented by Njuta Films)

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Short film: Mr Bear
This Christmas, our own Mr Bear is going to get an early gift. Someone will lose more than one finger when this family man shows what he is made of.
Directed by
: Andrés Rosende

(Mr Bear has the oppurtunity to win a Méliès d’Argent for best short film)
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