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quietearth [Film Festival 10.01.08] zombies movie apocalyptic news

Good news from co-creator/producer Will Stotler: Able is an apocalyptic zombie film! In his own words: "I see ABLE as an existential tale with 'the zombie apocalypse' as a backdrop." Director Marc Robert had this to say: "Part slasher film, part zombie movie, ABLE depicts those few maniac days between the onset of a viral epidemic and the dead rising from their graves. Everybody knows how the zombie apocalypse could go down, but what happens in that in-between time--after the infection, but before the hordes of undead set upon the survivors? The answer is pretty gruesome: in the in-between time, the survivors are the monsters." Furthermore, here's some more plot details: "Set the story in Berlin. Stay close to the characters and their sickness and show how that works in a realistic fashion--it's painful, debilitating, and it will end in death. The news on the radio is repeating, over and over in a loop. The certainty that even fresh bad news would bring is denied. Isolated, as paralysis sets in, it might be the end of the world but you can't be sure about that. All you know is that it's probably the end of your personal world. Compound your uncertainty with unfolding 'public horrors.' Your neighbor committing suicide while she can still move. A massacre in the name of religion or as a 'mercy killing.' The depravity of opportunists taking awful sexual advantage of your sudden immobility. Worries about your faith and how your actions will be accounted for on the other side--if there is an other side." We've been pretty excited about this since seeing the trailer (which is after the break) but unfortunately we have noone in the area to provide a review for us, so if you're going to Sitges you can see Able on October 3rd or October 5th, and if you could provide a review we'd greatly appreciate it! We'd also appreciate one for Albert Arizza's Ramirez.

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colmac (14 years ago) Reply

We'll be in Sitges from Saturday 4th until the 11th, our sixth visit. Unfortunately, we've already got four (maybe even five) films squared-away for Sun 5th so I'm not sure we'll go the distance and see ABLE at the 1am showing. If we do, I'll post. We will be seeing RAMIREZ earlier in the day so I'll post on that. We'll be running a (very) informal daily Blog while we're at the festival so scoot over to to see what we've seen and what we've been up to. The following are the films we've earmarked so far so if you're interested in any of these check out the Blog: Eden Log; Ramirez; Vinyan; The Moss; Chelsea on the rocks; Tale 52; The good, the bad and the weird; Our town; Red; Martyrs; God's puzzle; Tokyo gore police; Dachimawa Lee; Eden lake; The chaser; Tokyo; Hidden fortress; Genius party; Religulous; 20th century boys; Donkey punch; Anamorph; Let the right one in.


Anonymous (14 years ago) Reply

Todd Brown from October 7th.

Since seeing the very first stills from acclaimed short film director Albert Arizza's feature debut Ramirez early this year, we have been struck by obvious sense of style and skill for composition. Clearly Arizza can shoot quality film. Anticipation grew as footage appeared - and disappeared - on the web and now Ramirez has finally taken its first step into the public eye, screening as a work-in-progress here in Sitges.

A surprisingly poetic and gently rhythmic film, Ramirez is a study of young Sebastian Ramirez: aspiring photographer, low level drug dealer, and highly accomplished serial killer.

Sebastian Ramirez appears to have it all. He is young, attractive and - judging from his car and his clothes - reasonably wealthy. The only significant flaw in his life would appear to be his seriously ill mother, a woman Ramirez feels so little sympathy for - and for good reason - that he won't even visit her when back at the family home. Ramirez lives a fairly carefree life, drifting easily from day to day, doing what he wants when he wants with no need to worry about cost or consequence. Not so lucky are the young women Ramirez meets in bars or picks up along the road. No, they are not so lucky at all for while Ramirez may be charming and attractive he is also a smooth, lethal predator, one who has linked sex and death in his own mind - a combination that leads to a handful of missing person's reports in the few days covered by the film's chronology.

Yes, the serial killer film has been done before but it has seldom been attempted quite like this. Shot digitally on an impossibly small budget Ramirez the film takes on the sort of chill out jazz tone of the music preferred by Ramirez the character. Arizza offers neither excuse nor explanation for Ramirez's behavior, instead his camera simply observes, creating a quietly intimate portrayal of his character. Arizza has a stellar eye for composition and a rhythmic approach to editing - the multi tasking Arizza also wrote and co-produced the film - and draws an excellent performance out of lead actor Christian Magaloni, who has the potential to be a major star.

While most films of this genre go for the big shock, for the big kill scene, Ramirez takes the exact opposite approach. This is film as a form of portraiture and it is an intriguing little experiment by a very talented film maker.

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