Release date: 2006
Akai was a Brazilian short that was most definitely a flick with a heavily artistic bent, indeed it demands much of the viewer despite its low level of dialogue.
In some respects, as I watched it, I was reminded of Bill Mousoulis’ wonderful A Nocturne: Night of the Vampire and not just because of the vague physical similarity between Gustavo Arantes as the vampire in this and Alex Spears in A Nocturne. There was a feel I picked up on, but I’ll get to that soon.
|Gustavo Arantes as the Vampire|
The vampire has a table full of cuttings and cuts out escort advertisements from the paper. He sticks certain ones to his wall. The TV seems only to play static and he keeps a box in the fridge that is clearly important to him. He picks the telephone receiver and dials an escort regarding her advertisement.
|strangeling his prey|
When she first came to the door I felt that the vampire carried an air of disdain and it was this that reminded me of A Nocturne. It was as though he was the Übermensch, above the world and disdainful of it. It was not until the next scene that I realised that, whilst the vampire might appear, and even aspire, to be above the mundane world, albeit in a languid way, he was not.
This is a dark and complex piece, virtually without dialogue the soundtrack offers a rich texture to proceedings. The acting was fine as far as it went but it felt to me that the actors were more tools used by the director within the canvas of the piece. 7.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.