ABDUCTED – ΘΥΜΑΤΑ ΑΠΑΓΩΓΗΣ (2013)
Ένα νεαρό ζευγάρι πέφτει θύμα απαγωγής από αγνώστους και ξυπνά κλεισμένο σε ένα γυμνό δωμάτιο. Ποιοι τους έχουν απαγάγει; Μήπως σχετίζεται με το ότι η κοπέλα είναι κόρη στρατιωτικού; Σύντομα ένα δεύτερο ζευγάρι απαχθέντων εμφανίζεται, οι οποίοι υποστηρίζουν ότι υπεύθυνοι είναι οι εξωγήινοι, ενώ και ένα τρίτο ζευγάρι εμφανίζεται -αυτοί είναι βέβαιοι πώς πρόκειται για μυστικό πείραμα της κυβέρνησης…
Σε κάθε περίπτωση οι δεσμοφύλακές τους δείχνουν άνθρωποι, ενώ σίγουρα κάποιοι πειραματίζονται με τα σώματά τους. Οι σκηνοθέτες Glen Scantlebury και Lucy Philips γύρισαν ένα σφιχτοδεμένο θρίλερ χαρακτήρων όπου δείχνουν να αναρωτιούνται «τι είναι πιο ανοίκειο και ξένο στον αμερικανό πολίτη;
Οι Ταλιμπάν, οι εξωγήινοι ή η ίδια του η κυβέρνηση;» O αξιοποιεί τη μεγάλη του εμπειρία ως μοντέρ σε μεγάλες επιτυχίες του Χόλιγουντ («Dracula», «Con Air», «Armageddon», «Lara Croft: Tomb Raider», «Transformers») ώστε να παντρέψει το θεατρικό κλίμα με εκρήξεις δράσης, κρατώντας ψηλά το δείκτη του σασπένς μέχρι το τέλος, και αφήνοντας το θεατή να βγάλει τα δικά του συμπεράσματα.
Η συν-σκηνοθέτης, και γυναίκα του Glen Scantlebury, Lucy Philips θα είναι παρούσα στις προβολές του “Abducted”, ως καλεσμένη του φεστιβάλ.
Aίθουσα 1 Σαβ – 22.03.2014, 22:30 Τρ – 25.03.2014, 21:30
Επισυνάπτουμε μια συνέντευξη της σκηνοθέτιδας
Q: How the idea of shooting «Abducted» came about?
A: My partner Glen Scantlebury and I were interested in exploring the idea of being abducted and not knowing who had taken you… how you would cope in being in a claustrophobic space with only each other to count on.
Q: The film characters mention Extraterrestrials, Terrorists, and the …USA Government as possible kidnappers of the heroes. That’s an interesting group of «Aliens»… Yes, agreed! We did a lot of research into alien sightings throughout the world and how governments acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrials but keep it very quiet. There are a number of well respected US military generals and highly qualified officials who have experienced extraterrestrials but the Government tries to keep it out of the public eye.
Q: There is a lot of suspense and action in Abducted, but at the same time, it seems that you are interested in developing the characters also. Many times these don’t go together. How did you manage?
A: We both like to explore characters and the arc of the character’s journey, but at the same time we wanted to make a film with a lot of tension, where you were on the edge of your seat. Glen is an experienced feature film editor and he really knows how to pace a film and keep you tense! I worked hard with the actors exploring the depth of their characters and directing them to be realistic in this «Abducted» world we created.
Q: Your leading actress, Tessa Ferrer, appears in the serial «Grey’s Anatomy». How easy was to direct her in this very different role?
A: Tessa is a very accomplished actress and we worked with her on Abducted before she got her role on Grey’s Anatomy. She has done a lot of theatre and loves to explore character and push herself physically in a role. We talked a lot about her character and the physical stunts she would have to do in Abducted and she was very excited to jump into the role. In Grey’s Anatomy she is playing a very different character and is working with an established ensemble cast, so she has interesting artistic boundaries to work within.
Q: The film is co-directed by you and your husband, Glen Scantlebury. How duties are divided? How easy is to work so closely with one’s spouse?
A: We collaborate on all aspects of filmmaking, but we divide the work into two – I work with the actors and do the casting of the roles and also concentrate on the wardrobe and make up. Glen focuses on the visual look of the film, and production design and of course editing. But all along we collaborate and work together. He views the casting when I have a short list and I work with him on the edit. We work well together and we both love to make movies – it is a hard but rewarding time. We can both focus and work very long hours and so we can accomplish a lot together.
Q: From your perspective, what position does «Abducted» occupy in your professional and artistic career?
A: Abducted was an interesting film to make as it was very different from our other work. However, we always like to explore characters in all our projects. We are very happy how well Abducted has been received by the audiences and we feel inspired to keep making movies!