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Screamdance @ Raindance: Feral
September 21, 2019 @ 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
The mountains of Oaxaca harbour the remains of a ravaged and burnt shelter.
About this Event
Directed by Andrés Kaiser
Narrative Feature / Mexico / 98 mins
While his story is fictitious, he has exploited the genre norms of documentary in its telling. It’s more than a gimmick (one often seen in post-BLAIR WITCH horror films) Kaiser is instead interrogating the nature and suggestion of the documentary form – twisting it against itself, so that FERAL takes on an uneasy reality. Even knowing that the events depicted are contrived, it is easy to fall under FERAL’s spell.
Part of the reason is that the events in FERAL could easily be true. Feral children similar to those in the film have been documented in real life; Kaiser is dramatising what is a real-world phenomenon. But otherwise, FERAL works by dint of its making. Kaiser and experienced cinematographer Marc Bellver exploit light and shadow to maximum effect, playing on the grainy effect of faux-found footage – in these moments the film slips entirely into horror mode, having already sunk its claws into its mollified audience. A tremendously effective, and deeply unnerving, approach to horror filmmaking. / Reviewed by Milo Garner
Director: Andrés Kaiser
Writer: Andrés Kaiser
Producers: Nicole Maynard Pinto, Marco Antonio Salgado
Executive Producers: Nicole Maynard Pinto, Andrés Kaiser
Cast: Héctor Yáñes, Farid Escalante, José Luis González, José Ángel García, Kari Romu, Erik Galicia