'Eleusis' by Andzej Gavriss
Following his award-winning video for Aigel's You're Born, and the experimental short Malaria, Latvian director Andzej Gavriss's latest project is a big step forward into cinematic narrative - a dark, boldly imagined story of a damaged rock singer, on a rehab program like no other.
Filmed in Ukraine, and co-produced by 2332 Films, Eleusis is a tremendously atmospheric fantasy-thriller, where the catatonic pop singer Ivan is delivered into the custody of a mysterious sanitorium which guarantees the creative rejuvenation of its patients - but at a terrible cost.
The rock star (Ivan Dorn) must suffer ordeals at the hands of the Nurse Cratchet-like mystic (played by Natalia Kara) who leads a coven of maidens to send him into delirium, and make him suffer nightmarish dreams - all made breathlessly plausible by the mesmerizing quality of the production.
With both an extraordinarily grand location and excellent cast - including the Ostapenko brothers, three identical triplets who play the sanatorium's security detail - Gavriss builds his story on a movie-like scale, ably assisted by a talented team including production designer Julija Fricsone Gavriss and cinematographer Jacob Moller, to its harrowing climax.
Eleusis is over twenty minutes in length, and it is a riveting watch from first to last. And surely it is the calling card to ensure that Gavriss's future lies in feature films.
|Production Company||Zebra Hero|
|Production Company||2332 Films|
|Executive Producer||Andrey Paoukov|
|Executive Producer||Lena Samoilova|
|Executive Producer||Sasha Cherniyavskiy|
|Executive Producer||Artem Tsaregorodtsev|
|1st AD||Kristina Ilyina|
|Director of Photography||Jacob Møller|
|1st AC||Jenya Bubley|
|Production designer||Julija Fricsone Gavriss|
|Costume designer||Margarita Shekel|
|Hair & Make-up||Dasha Taivas|
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