Imagine - Luz + Snaggletooth
Tilman Singer / DEUZE, 2018 / 70 min.
Sadly, the Q&A with director Tilman Singer (17 April) cannot proceed
Chilean Luz is a cab driver in a German city. One day she walks into a nearly abandoned police station, muttering a blasphemous version of a prayer. Meanwhile, in the bathroom of a bar, psychotherapist Rossini becomes possessed by something supernatural after being kissed by patron Nora. Totally weird German film nominally fits the supernatural horror category but defies audience expectations right from the very start.
Low budget, only 70 minutes long, shot on grainy widescreen 16mm and favouring extreme long takes, Luz follows its own agenda, both visually and narratively. The staging is artificial, the acting theatrical, while the retro synthesizer score adds another disruptive element. Minimalist and confusing but endlessly intriguing, Luz makes for a flabbergasting experience.
The whole film feels like an experiment with style and structure. You thought Panos Cosmatos expanded the genre's outer limits? Think again. Don't expect the usual scare tactics, don't expect any help from the filmmakers in fathoming deeper meaning. Luz is its own beast. Surrender and be baffled.
17 April with Q&A with director Colin Bishop (Snaggletooth)