AFM 2010: Open Water Team Dive Into the Silent House
The prospect of a horror movie filmed in one continuous shot is a herculean feat to say the least. 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, achieved this feat. So of course we have to remake it here!
According to Screen Daily French sales outfit Elle Driver is moving into full-on financing with an English-language reimagining of the Uruguayan horror film Silent House.
The US film will be directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the team behind the chilling shark tale Open Water. The original Silent House, which ran in Cannes Directors Fortnight this year, was directed by Gustavo Hernandez and told in 80 minutes of “real time” during one continuous take.
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.”
Currently in production, Silent House is set for completion next year. Lau and Kentis wrote the script while Lau is producing along with Agnes Mentre. George Paaswell is executive producing. Production companies are Tazora Films, Silverwood Films and Elle Driver. Man on Wire’s director of photography, Igor Martinovic, is handling camera work.
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.
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