Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Uruguayan Horror: The Silent House

I received an interesting e-mail the other day about an upcoming horror film that I thought I'd pass on to you.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I'm writing in order to inform you about the new Uruguayan film called "La Casa Muda" (The Silent House), which involves two characteristics that make it very interesting: it was filmed with a photo camera, Canon Mark II full HD, which makes the film into the first Latin American film to be shot entirely with a professional photo camera. The other important feature is that it was filmed in a 72-minute single sequence shot. I hereby leave some information. Looking forward to hear from you soon, sincerely yours,
Gustavo Rojo.


The e-mail went on to say:

On Wednesday, 25 November was successfully completed the shooting of Uruguayan film "La Casa Muda" (The Silent House), starring Florence Colucci, Abel Tripaldi and Gustavo Alonso. It was four days of intense work, based on a carefully planned project, shot to shot, scene by scene. Directed by Gustavo Hernandez and produced by Gustavo Rojo, "La Casa Muda" finds a different path to a movie that takes place in Uruguay, passing into a story with a lot of suspense. The premiere is scheduled for March 2010 in a series of festivals that have relied on the quality of the film. Based on an real event that took place in 1944 in an old farmhouse where were found two brutally tortured men bodies, without their tongues. Disturbing photographs were the key to solving the bloody crime. The film has a couple of features that make it unique in the market. It has been entirely shot with a digital SLR, specifically with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, what makes "La Casa Muda" the first Latin American film and the second film in the world recorded with a photo camera. Another particular feature is that the story is told in a single 72-minute sequence shot, with no cuts. What makes it the first horror movie in the world being done using this particular narrative language. "Sequence Shot" in cinematic terms is called a shot in continuity, without cutting between shots, where the camera moves according to a meticulous planning.

 The movie sounds pretty intriguing, and I'm definitely hoping for an English language track or subtitles when the DVD drops.  The bilingual among you may want to check out the website for more information.

--J/Metro

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