ImagineNATIVE 2016: Killormut (Upside Down)
What do you do when your car crashes and flips on a dark, snowy road in the middle of nowhere? That’s where our main character finds himself. Deep in thought, this everyman (Miké Philip Fencker Thomsen) is clearly angered and upset by a busy dial tone, a question mark for the audience as we hear its indifferent buzz. Who is he trying to contact? Why is he angry? We know nothing about him save his frustration and that the dark night that swallowed him as he was speeding along the cold roadway, seemingly invincible. When we next see him, he is upside down in his car; his frustration now becomes less about someone’s line being busy and more about his instincts.
Perspective is key in this intense eight minute short, and we feel his mortal fear as he screams in pain and frustration. Thomsen conveys real terror with his performance and the setting that director Ulannaq Ingemann uses is a thrifty claustrophobic way to convey hopelessness, life and death. With only a couple lines of dialogue, paired with the final scenes, Killormut is a lesson for us all about the choices we make and the split second in which we regret them.
Screens (as part of Greenland 3: Shorts):
Saturday, October 22, 12:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Tickets can be purchased at the ImagineNATIVE website.