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Oct 8, 2015 5:10 PM
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Oct 8, 2015 4:34 PM
“I never think of this film as a horror movie; for me it’s a drama,” said director Hèctor Hernández Vicens when asked about his approach to genre at the Q&A last night following his new film, The Corpse of Anna Fritz.
Many will find it hard to agree after experiencing this deliciously dark and gut-wrenchingly taut thriller, centred on the reprehensible morality of three young guys and the cadaver of a beautiful actress laid before them in a morgue, writes Ben Nicholson.
Vicens went on to confirm that he took inspiration from a newspaper story about an orderly interfering with bodies, before his fictional script snakes off into surprising twists and unashamedly distasteful territory that provided gruesome counter-programming to the upstanding Suffragette which was opening the festival across the city at the same time. Wearing a grin, actor Albert Carbó, who plays the necrophiliac orderly Pau – wonderfully described by Little White Lies’ Sophie Monks Kaufman as a “squirmier creature” – gamely tried to defend his character to a clearly unconvinced audience.
He’s one of the few ambiguous elements in a film mostly painted in broad but excruciating strokes. The tension is ratcheted by the collisions between a minimal cast and within a restricted location. With a chuckle, Vicens proclaimed his bloody denouement as “a happy ending.” Attendees will need to perform their own postmortem on that assertion.
There’s a second chance to catch The Corpse of Anna Fritz at 18:30 at RICH MIX tonight.