Thursday, March 21, 2013

You're All Invited to a Creepy Birthday Party in 8

Director: Raúl Cerezo
Seen via: Nevermore Film Fest
Runtime: 15 min

This might just be the most depressing birthday party you'll ever see. The extended family of the young birthday boy shuffles morosely into the house as the cake is prepared just so, candles are lit, and some sort of arcane amulets are passed out. It feels sinister and completely devoid of joy. But why? The whole family is there to celebrate - well, almost everyone. Who's the man urgently driving home through the nighttime fog?

8 is an innovative short film by Spanish director Raúl Cerezo. The less I say about it, the better, since most of the fun is figuring out the motives of those involved. The most clever thing about it is that it's almost entirely free of dialogue. Even so, it's not free of exposition, and there are a number of visual clues that fill in the backstory if you're watching carefully. In addition, it's beautifully shot and assembled, with a smokey, sepia-toned setting that gives it the look of an old photograph. Cerezo is certainly a director to keep your eye on.

8 isn't available to watch online at the moment, but you can find out more and watch a trailer (while simultaneously brushing up on your Spanish) by visiting the film's official site: This was one of my favorite shorts at Nevermore this year, where along with We Will Call Him Bobby, Spain really knocked it out of the park.

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