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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Ballad in Blood (2016)

Ballad in Blood
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writer: Ruggero Deodato, Jacopo Mazzuoli, Angelo Orlando
Based on: the murder of Meredith Kercher
Cast: Carlotta Morelli, Gabriele Rossi, Edward Williams, Roger Garth, Ernesto Mahieux, Noemi Smorra
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

After spending Halloween night partying, Lenka (Carlotta Morelli), Jacopo (Gabriele Rossi) and Duke (Edward Williams) wake up in Lenka’s apartment to find her roommate Elizabeth (Noemi Smorra). Still in a haze and barely able to piece together the events of the night before, the three of them try to figure out what happened.

Ballad in Blood was modelled after the Meredith Kercher murder, and then reworked so it was far enough from established facts that nobody would get sued. In a case like this one where everything has been unclear and sensationalized, this is already a problematic approach. It’s made worse by the fact that Deodato decided to go with the most misogynistic and sexist version of events possible.

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