Friday, September 25, 2015

Short Film: A Feast in Kalix

I was contacted very recently by Viking Almquist. Viking is a long time reader of the blog who has noticed that I am currently running quite a few short vampire film articles. Viking wrote, directed, shot and glued together A Feast in Kalix during his time in film school.

a vampire creating pill
The film itself is in homage to Frostbite, the excellent Anders Banke black comedy, but reimagined in a Mike Leigh style. The film was produced on a shoestring of a budget and, to be fair, Viking describes the English subtitles as “somewhat crappy”. The story will be familiar to those who know the original film – kids, booze and pills that turn the users into fanged (one-fanged in one case) blood hungry vampires.

I was struck, however, with the characterisation that Viking was able to imbue his players with, despite the fact that it is only nine minutes long, as well as the low budget and all the other restraints he was faced with. The Second World War aspect is missing entirely – it is just the pills and the vampires; the initial modern outbreak as it were.

The imdb page is here.

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