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Out of Thin Air

딜런 호윗 Dylan Howitt
  • UK, Iceland
  • 2017
  • 85min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • Asian Premiere
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상영스케쥴

  • 09월 22일 19:30-20:55 상영코드 125 메가박스 백석 컴포트 6관 15
  • 09월 27일 20:30-21:55 상영코드 615 메가박스 백석 7관 15
* 한국영화를 제외한 모든 상영작에는 한글자막이 제공됩니다.
N 비영어대사+영자막없음, K 한국어대사+영자막없음, ND 대사없음

시놉시스

70년대 초 아이슬란드에서 두 명의 남성이 실종되는 사건이 발생한다. 당시 아이슬란드는 외지인도 거의 없는 농촌 공동체였기 때문에, 살인 사건과 같은 범죄는 매우 드물었다. 온 나라는 발칵 뒤집혔고, 경찰은 유례없는 대규모 수사를 진행했다. 6명의 범인이 두 남자의 살인범으로 검거되자 사람들은 악몽이 끝났다고 생각했다. 하지만 불편한 진실이 밝혀지면서 악몽은 다시 시작되는데...

감독

  • 딜런 호윗
    Dylan Howitt
    Matters of Life and Death (2014)
    Rooted (2005)
    Tree of Guns (2005)
    Robert Newman: Resistance is Futile (2001)
감독의 변
Two strange disappearances, a dark unsolved mystery, a hundred unreliable versions of what had happened. All these things made for a fascinating and compelling story to try and tell. The setting was incredible too—Iceland in the mid-1970s—a time when that country was rapidly modernising after centuries of poverty and isolation. Icelanders told me that before then the country had existed in a state of innocence with almost zero crime. This case symbolised the loss of that innocence. The producer Andy Glynne had been pitched the idea by a researcher and asked me if I wanted to direct. Over a pint we discussed making a highly cinematic, real-life Nordic noir, seen through the lens of unreliable memory. As one journalist says in the film, studying the case felt like jumping into a ‘black hole’—the more I learnt, the more elusive it became. The details were complex and contradictory, there were so many more speculations than facts. Meeting two of the accused, Gudjon and Erla, suggested a storytelling approach. Not to rely on narration, but instead first person accounts, interviewing anyone who was witness to these strange events, and weaving in confessions, prison diaries and police reports. We used film and photographic archive from the time, and extensive drama reconstruction to take the audience to that specific time and place. Ideas of false memory fascinated me. Two questions emerged. Is it possible, as the Icelandic police had suggested, to witness something so horrific you entirely suppress the memory of it happening? And even more intriguing: can extreme circumstances create memories where there were none before – could you be made to have a specific visual memory of a crime you hadn’t committed? It was exciting and fulfilling to work closely with our Icelandic co-producer Margret Jonasdottir and a completely Icelandic crew. They brought an aesthetic and authenticity that informs every frame of the film, from art direction to costume design. Working with DOP Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson (Trapped, Of Horses and Men), and drama co-director Oskar Jonasson (Reykjavik-Rotterdam) I decided to shoot the drama so you never see faces clearly. The audience is given space to project themselves into the story. We used anamorphic vintage Kowa lenses to evoke both the era, and an internal subjective headspace. Music by Ólafur Arnalds (Broadchurch) and sound design by Gunnar Oskarsson created a dark wintery atmosphere. My intention was that the cumulative effect would feel internal, claustrophobic, and speak of the fragility of the mind and a shocking abuse of power. The story is over four decades old, but in Iceland it feels current and personal, almost like a family saga. Everyone seems to have a theory about what really happened, and lessons are still being learnt as misdeeds are finally acknowledged. The news that the murder convictions had been sent back to the Supreme Court came out the same week we finished the edit. Too late to change the structure of the film, but just in time to underline why the story needed to be told.

Credits

  • Director  Dylan Howitt
  • Producer  Andy Glynne
  • Co­Producer  Margret Jonasdottir
  • Cinematographer  Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
  • Editor  Miikka Leskinen
  • Music  Ólafur Arnalds
  • Sound  Árni Benediktsson

Distribution / World Sales

  • Contribution & World Sales  Mosaic Films
  • Phone  020 7923 2994
  • E-Mail  andy@mosaicfilms.com
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