Talk about moving fast! It was just at this year’s AFM that we reported the directing team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) were getting behind an English language remake of La Casa Muda, aka Silent House, the first Latin American film to be shot entirely with a professional photo camera that also happened to be filmed in one single 80-minute sequence shot! Well guess what?
According to the official Sundance 2011 website the remake is not only in the can, but it will be screening at Utah’s big dance as part of their Park City at Midnight series! Pretty friggin’ cool!
In tackling the project, Kentis and Lau say they were “fascinated by this question of how we could explore the events leading to these brutal murders and make audiences feel as though the story is happening to them – that it is real.” The filmmakers added that by drawing on the full resources of high-end production, lighting and sound design and telling the story in real time with no cuts, they are looking “to move the audience closer to truly inhabiting the protagonist’s skin.”
Check out the first released still below!
Original La Casa Muda Synopsis:
Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father, Wilson (Gustavo Alonso), settle down in a cottage that seems to be off the beaten track in order to update it since its owner (Abel Tripaldi) will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there in order to start the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down. The plot is based on a true story that happened some time ago in a small village in Uruguay. La Casa Muda focuses on the last seventy-eight minutes, second by second, while Laura attempts to leave the house, which hides an obscure secret, unharmed.
REAL FEAR IN REAL TIME is the most remarkable underlying feature of the film, which will not go unnoticed by all those who may be willing to experience this different and disturbing filming experience.
La Casa Muda (The Silent House) – Teaser Trailer
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