New stills unleashed for German hypnotic horror LUZ!
LUZ, the directorial debut from German filmmaker Tilman Singer will celebrate its North American Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival’s 22nd edition in July/August 2018.
LUZ: Fleeing from the grasp of a possessed woman, a distressed cabdriver begins a confession in a rundown police station that endangers everyone who crosses her path.
The first feature from Singer, LUZ is captivatingly shot on 16mm with immersive sound and visuals that call to mind the experimental images of Giallo and 70s Spanish horror atmosphere. Produced by Dario Méndez Acosta and Singer himself, with a brooding synth score composed by Simon Waskow, the film stars breakout actress Luana Velis as Luz with Jan Bluthardt and Julia Riedler offering a strong supporting base.
In Singer’s own words: “LUZ is a sensuous thriller; a thriller that plays with the sensory perception of the audience. I wanted to write a story, a very simple story, that can only be told in a movie this way. What is complicated, however, is how it is told, nested within diegetic flashbacks. For example, we use an additional layer of sound that adds a past reality to a present reality. The credibility of both realities is questioned at all times. The viewer attempts to answer this question of credibility and therefore has to, with sharpened senses, fully engage in image and sound. LUZ is my first feature film and at the same time the project for my diploma at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln/Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Dario Méndez Acosta, Paul Faltz, Simon Waskow and Henning Hein have been involved in each of my recent short feature films.”
The story: A rainy night. A dazed and numb young cabdriver, Luz, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a rundown police station. Across town in a nightspot, Nora seductively engages police psychiatrist Dr. Rossini in a conversation. Nora is possessed by a demonic entity, longing for the woman it loves – Luz. She tells the Doctor about her old schoolmate Luz’s rebellious past at a Chilean school for girls. Increasingly drunk on her story, Rossini turns into an eas
y prey in Nora’s hands, but he’s soon called away to the police station to examine Luz. Supervised by his colleagues, the doctor puts Luz in a state of hypnosis that initiates a series of flashbacks, unfolding the events leading to her arrival. But the entity that has taken control of the doctor wants something more. Bit by bit it slips into Luz’ reenactment and makes old memories come to light.
About Tilman Singer: Tilman Singer was born in Leipzig in 1988. After doing video advertising for international brands in the U.S., France and Germany, he studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Tilman directed various short films, commercials, music videos and his first feature film. He is currently living and working in Cologne.
LUZ promises to be a wild ride!