Amer (image 1)

An eroticized homage to 1970s Italian giallo horror movies reimagined as an avant-garde trance film.

New Directors/New Films

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Amer 2009

Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Amazing, abstracted, razor-sharp homage to 70s Italian horror movies. “A delirious, enigmatic, almost wordless death-dance of fear and desire… An outrageous and intoxicating cinematic head-trip.” — New Directors/New Films

Belgium / France In French with English subtitles
90 minutes CinemaScope

Directors, Screenplay

Producers

Eve Commenge
,
François Cognard

Photography

Manu Dacosse

Editor

Bernard Beets

Production designer

Alina Santos

Costume designer

Jackye Fauconnier

Music

Bruno Nicolai
,
Stelvio Cipriani
,
Ennio Morricone

With

Cassandra Forêt (child Ana)
,
Charlotte Eugène-Guibbaud (young Ana)
,
Marie Bos (adult Ana)
,
Bianca Maria D'Amato (mother)
,
Harry Cleven (taxi driver)
,
Delphine Brual (Graziella)
,
Jean-Michel Vovk (father)
,
Bernard Marbaix (grandfather)

Festivals

Rotterdam, SXSW, New Directors/New Films 2010

Elsewhere

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are a Belgian couple who have made five short films together. Amer is their dazzling debut feature, a film divided into three parts: the childhood, adolescence and womanhood of a character named Ana. The film is a near dialogue-free ode d’amore to Italian orrore maestros, in which the technicolours of Mario Bava, the sensual camerawork of Dario Argento and the pulse-pounding scores of Ennio Morricone provide a lush bed for the grisly deaths executed by a black-gloved killer. At times the film’s bold experimental nature recalls the works of Stan Brakhage. Clinical compositions of rigorous artifice and symbolism become Freudian Rorschach tests revealing characters’ repressed sexual desire and hidden malevolence. Its creation has defined a new genre: the Slasher-Art-Porn flick. — AT