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The Field Guide to Evil

Yannis Veslemes, Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Peter Strickland
New Zealand 2018 / 117’
Scary Mother The Night Eats the World

The Field Guide to Evil is an anthology made up of short horror films inspired by folk tales. We are transported into a world dominated by superstitions, a place where our wildest fantasies and darkest nightmares come true, as children with watermelon heads prowl the forests, and green-skinned, long-nosed goblins nest underground. Knowledge and power can be acquired by eating the hearts of three corpses, while giving in to carnal temptations inevitably leads to destruction. Filmmakers from various countries worked on the project, including Austria, Greece, India and also Poland, which is represented by Agnieszka Smoczyńska and screenwriter Robert Bolesto, who made the internationally renowned The Lure. Each segment has its own unique style: from arthouse minimalism and grotesque to a tribute to silent movies.

Piotr Mirski

Can Evrenol

Born in Istanbul in 1982, Can Evrenol studied Film and Art History at the University of Kent. He has made several independent short horror films that have been screened at numerous genre film festivals. Baskin, his feature debut, was well received by critics and won several awards.

Selected filmography

2005 Piledriver (short)

2008 The Rambler (short)

2011 The Oregonian

2013 The Rambler

2016 The Procedure (short)

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Yannis Veslemes

Born in Athens in 1979, Yannis Veslemes has directed several commercials and short films. He made his full-length feature debut with Norway, which was screened at the festival in Karlovy Vary. In addition to directing, he also composes music under the pseudonym Felizol.

Filmography

1998 Tugo tugo (short, co-dir.)

2000 Fotagogos / Light Well (short)

2003 Gol (short) 2009 Osiki (short)

2014 Norwegia / Norvigia / Norway

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Ashim Ahluwalia

Born in Mumbai in 1972, Ashim Ahluwalia is a director and screenwriter. He studied Film Production at Bard College in the United States. Working outside the Bollywood system, he has made both feature and documentary films.

Filmography

1999 Thin Air (doc.)

2005 John i Jane z Kalkuty / John & Jane (doc.)

2012 Miss Lovely

2017 Daddy

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Severin Fiala

Born in Austria in 1985, Severin Fiala has been making films since he was 11 years old. He studied Screenwriting at the Film Academy in Vienna. He made the documentary Kern together with Veronika Franz. They also co-directed the arthouse horror Goodnight Mommy, which was screened during the 15th edition of the New Horizons Festival.

Filmography

2009 Elefantenhaut / Elephant Skin (short, co-dir.)

2012 Kern (doc., co-dir.)

2013 The End of Walnut Grove (short, co-dir.)

2014 Widzę, widzę / Ich seh, Ich seh / Goodnight Mommy (co-dir.)

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Veronika Franz

Born in Vienna in 1965, Veronika Franz works as a journalist for the Kurier newspaper. She co-wrote the scripts for many of Ulrich Seidel's films, including all three parts of his Paradise trilogy. She directed the full-length films Kern and Goodnight Mommy together with Severin Fiala. Their next joint project is reported to be The Lodge.

Filmography

2012 Kern (doc., co-dir.)

2014 Widzę, widzę / Ich seh, Ich seh / Goodnight Mommy (co-dir.)

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Katrin Gebbe

Born in 1983, Katrin Gebbe is a director and screenwriter. She studied in the Netherlands and in Germany. Her short film Şoreş & Şîrîn was an award winner at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. She made her full-length feature debut with Nothing Bad Can Happen, which was shown in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Festival.

Filmography

2007 Narzissen (short)

2009 Sores & Sîrîn (short)

2009 Einladung (short)

2013 A jeśli Bóg jest? / Tore tanzt / Nothing Bad Can Happen

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Calvin Reeder

Calvin Reeder is a director, screenwriter and actor. He was born in Portland and grew up in Seattle. He is known for his surreal short films, even earning the nickname "Jodorowsky of the Pacific Northwest." He has also made several full-length features. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Selected filmography

2005 Piledriver (short)

2008 The Rambler (short)

2011 The Oregonian

2013 The Rambler

2016 The Procedure (short)

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Agnieszka Smoczyńska was born in Wrocław in 1978. She studied Film Production at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia and at the Wajda School. She first became known thanks to her short film Aria Diva, which won awards at festivals in Poland and abroad. She gained even greater renown with the release of her full-length features The Lure and Fugue.

Selected filmography

2004 3 Love (short)

2007 Aria Diva (short)

2015 Córki Dancingu / The Lure

2018 Fuga / The Fugue

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Peter Strickland

Born in Reading in 1973, Peter Strickland has both Greek and British roots. He financed his debut film, Katalin Varga, with money he inherited from his uncle. He later directed Berberian Sound Studio and Duke of Burgundy. Prominent critic Peter Bradshaw called him the most important British filmmaker of his generation. New Horizons has been screening his films on an ongoing basis over the years.

Selected filmography

1996 Bubblegum (short)

2009 Katalin Varga

2012 Berberian Sound Studio

2014 Björk: Biophilia Live (doc., co-dir.)

2014 Duke of Burgundy. Reguły pożądania / The Duke Of Burgundy

2018 Atlas zła / The Field Guide to Evil (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Yannis Veslemes, Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Peter Strickland
screenplay Robert Bolesto, Elif Domaniç, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Peter Strickland, Silvia Wolkan
cinematography Martin Gschlacht, Meryem Yavuz, Jakub Kijowski, Tyler Lee Cushing, Christos Karamanis, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Moritz Schultheiss, Márk Györi
editing Christoph Brunner, Mert Altinbas, Jarosław Kamiński, Buzz Pierce, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Vishwendra Singh, Sandra Trostel, Matyas Fekete
music Wolfgang Mitterer, Wojciech Makowski, Zuzanna Wrońska, Nicholas Brawley, Felizol,Deaf Leaf Orchestra and Jez Riley French, Jeremy Barnes
cast Marlene Hauser, Luzia Oppermann, Naz Sayiner, Süreyya Kücük, Andrzej Konopka, Urszula Zerek, Kannon Hicks, Jilon VanOver, Sarah Navratil, Vangelis Mourikis, Claude Duhamel, Lili Epply, Thomas Schubert, Károly Hajduk, Péter Jankovics, Fatma Mohamed, Birgit Minichmayr
producer Tim League, Ant Timpson
production Timpson Films, EchoWolf Productions
sales Festival Agency
language English, Polish, German, Greek
colouration colour & b&w