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Screamdance @ Raindance: Feral

September 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The mountains of Oaxaca harbour the remains of a ravaged and burnt shelter.

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Directed by Andrés Kaiser

Narrative Feature / Mexico / 98 mins

Strand: Screamdance

UK Premiere


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


September 19, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Vue Cinema London
19 Lower Regent Street
London, SW1Y 4LR United Kingdom
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