If there’s one film you catch at this year’s FrightFest, make sure it’s VIDEOMAN, a searing crossover between the horror genre and social realism that will move you even as it freaks you out. Combining witty dialogue with haunting imagery, the feature film debut from award-winning Swedish director Kristian A. Söderström celebrates the golden days of VHS, the Italian giallo and the films of Mike Leigh.
Ennio (Stefan Sauk), a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen.So begins Ennio’s desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator while, along the way, he meets Simone (Lena Nilsson), an alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s. As Ennio searches for the tape and begins to lose a grip on reality, his and Simone’s mutual love of nostalgia draws them together. Can they find redemption in each other?
On paper, Videoman just shouldn’t work but Söderström has a vision for the film and he carries it out so masterfully you would swear this couldn’t be his first feature film. Videoman is sure to surprise and delight audiences when it has its world premiere at FrightFest in August, and it’s certain to mark out Söderström as a director to watch closely.
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