Deathcember (2019)

Deathcember (I saw the version split into two films)
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas screening
Seen on: 19.12.2019

Deathcember is an advent calendar in movie form, giving us 24 (plus some extra) Christmas-themed films to count down until Christmas. The films vary in style and tone, but they are all filled with (a) holiday spirit.

As with most anthologies, Deathcember has some clear winners and a few that were not for me (with the former being more present in the first volume and the latter more in the second volume), but I assume that the favorites and unfavorites will vary from person to person. It was definitely nice that they included more than the usual token female director (although there could have been more people of color involved). I was a little worried that so many short films in less than three hours would get a little too much, but it was surprisingly not-exhausting (I was glad that they showed the version split into two volumes). In short, it was a very fun evening. There are definitely worse ways to pass time during the holiday season.

After the jump, I talk about each of the segments individually. If you prefer to be surprised what’s behind those doors, you probably shouldn’t continue. But I won’t give away spoilers.

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Aurora [Vanishing Waves] (2012)

Director: Kristina Buozyte
Writer: Bruno Samper, Kristina Buozyte
Cast: Marius Jampolskis, Jurga Jutaite, Brice Fournier, Martina Jablonskyte, Rudolfas Jansonas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe

Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) is part of a neurological research team. Their project consists of trying to connect the mind of a comatose patient with Lukas’ by connecting their brains. Already by their second try, Lukas finds himself directly interacting with the other consciousness – a young woman named Aurora (Jurga Jutaite). But not only that, he is incredibly drawn to her and they immediately start an affair. But Lukas doesn’t want to share that progress with his research group or his girlfriend Lina (Martina Jablonskyte).

Once more I relied completely on the /slash’s taste and didn’t inform myself at all before I went into the film. And what I got was a breathtakingly beautiful with a dreamlike quality and an interesting story. It might have been a little predictable, but I didn’t mind that at all. I wish all movies I never heard about before but end up seeing by some coincidence were this wonderful.


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