Well it’s August so that means Fantastic Fest is right around the corner. A film we have been paying attention to is the German thriller LUZ. Set to make it’s US premiere at Fantastic Fest the studio has dropped a new teaser. LUZ follows a young woman possessed by a demon that’s hellbent on finding the woman it loves. LUZ premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and recently at Fantasia. This breakout festival hit finally comes to US shores this September so if you happen to be at FF make sure this is on your radar. Enjoy the trailer!
A rainy night. A dazed and numb young cabdriver, Luz, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a rundown police station. Across town in a nightspot, Nora seductively engages police psychiatrist Dr. Rossini in a conversation. Nora is possessed by a demonic entity, longing for the woman it loves – Luz. She tells the Doctor about her old schoolmate Luz’s rebellious past at a Chilean school for girls. Increasingly drunk on her story, Rossini turns into an easy prey in Nora’s hands, but he’s soon called away to the police station to examine Luz. Supervised by his colleagues, the doctor puts Luz in a state of hypnosis that initiates a series of flashbacks, unfolding the events leading to her arrival. But the entity that has taken control of the doctor wants something more. Bit by bit it slips into Luz’ reenactment and makes old memories come to light.
The first feature from German writer/director Tilman Singer LUZ is captivatingly shot on 16mm with immersive sound and visuals that call to mind the experimental images of Giallo and 70s Spanish horror atmosphere. Produced by Dario Méndez Acosta and Tilman Singer, with a brooding synth score composed by Simon Waskow, the film stars breakout actress Luana Velis as Luz, as well as Jan Bluthardt and Julia Riedler offering a strong supporting base
LUZ premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2018, and has recently screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival and New Horizons International Film Festival, and is in official selection for Fantastic Fest and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.