Swedish premiere/Siren Competition
Elizabeth Macklin (Caitlin Gerard, Insidious: The Last Key) is a plainswoman surrounded by nothingness on the American frontier of the late 1800s. The isolation and loneliness of her lifestyle, her ever-busy husband and their struggle to have children take a heavy toll on her domestic existence. When young newlyweds Emma and Gideon take up residence in a nearby cabin they hope to restore before the winter, the strange goings-on between the couple only deepen Elizabeth’s suspicion that something is amiss. A perceived and sinister presence roaming the plains further fuels her paranoia.
A horror western that explores the effects external elements play on the protagonists as well as their choices, Emma Tammi’s The Wind is an outstanding debut that showcases a director full of depth and sensitivity. Nonchronologically told, don’t expect Tammi and screenwriter Teresa Sutherland to spoon- feed you the answers. But viewers open to a simmering mystery with a paranormal spin that worms its way under your skin are in for a treat. Possessing an uncanny knack for visual storytelling, The Wind whispers a tale of jealousy, solitude and frontier madness that leaves a haunting impression.