Swedish premiere/Méliès d’Argent competition
Imagine waking up on Christmas morning realizing you have to spend time with your slightly racist and conservative family. Now imagine the same scenario, only this time your house is surrounded by a black, impenetrable substance that prevents you from bolting out the front door when tempers run too high. Is it a terrorist attack, chemical warfare or the beginning of an alien invasion? The only information you have comes from the TV set that commands viewers to “Stay indoors and Await Further Instructions”. And so you do, hoping against better judgement you don’t fall prey to infighting first.
With his second feature film Johnny Kevorkian announces himself as a talent to watch. Await further Instructions is a social satire about the dangers of xenophobia that morphs into a thrilling body horror and sci-fi mystery about the stupidity of blind obedience. It probes our relation to authorities and how we interact in times of crisis, but with a delicious wink at Cronenbergian classics and no shortage of black goo!