Swedish premiere/Méliès d’Argent Competition
An unsettling and spellbinding journey into seventies arthouse Euro-horror hell.
Luz, a young taxi driver, drags herself to a lifeless police station. Meanwhile, Nora, who is possessed by a demonic entity, seduces Dr. Rossini while telling him about her old friend Luz’s adventures back in a Chilean school for girls. By the time Dr. Rossini gets called back to the police station, he has already been absorbed by Nora’s power. The now possessed doctor puts Luz in a state of hypnosis, supervised by his work colleagues. Luz’s reenactment fuels the demon’s lust for more and brings old memories back to life.
Through the characters’ exaggerated behaviors, Singer’s Luz, shot on 16mm as a film-studies thesis project, strongly resonates with the works of Andrzej Zulawski and David Lynch. An arresting debut feature that world premiered in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino of the Berlinale 2018, Luz demands every genre lover’s attention.