by  Rael Montecucco

Deep Night is one of the regular features of the Concorto Film Festival, a moment in which the most bizarre and unusual cinema becomes the main character. Born in 2016 as a focus devoted to horror cinema, Deep Night has developed throughout the years, welcoming animation, comedy, and experimental cinema, aiming to recreate the atmosphere of the New York midnight movies screenings, which were born 50 years ago and made famous by artists such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and John Waters. Every year, Deep Night seeks the craziest, weirdest, and most disturbing stories, and tries to give credit to authors who propose a new and personal approach to the film genre. As usual, the evocative Theater-Greenhouse in Parco Raggio will host Deep Night, one of the funniest and most awaited events at Concorto, for three nights. The screening with wireless headphones, thanks to which the experience will be even more immersive and engaging, is also confirmed. Deep Night 2021 will also launch the collaboration with a foreign festival: members of the Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei, better known as Terror Molins, a historical Catalan festival dedicated to horror and fantasy cinema that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will land at Concorto.The Spanish festival will present a selection of horror short films and introduce to the public its own event, which is to take place in November just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. This project will allow Deep Night to get to know new realities and widen its horizons.

The selected shorts

by Rael Montecucco

A(u)ntie Empire, Niamh McKeown, Julia Taudevin, UK, 2020
Bubble, Haonan Wang, China, 2020
Flex, Josefin Malmén, David Strindberg, Sweden, 2020
Ghost Dogs, Joe Cappa, USA, 2020
Monelle, Diego Marcon, Italy, 2017
SCUM MUTATION, Ov, France, 2020
Stuffed, Theo Rhys, UK, 2020
Teething, Glen Matthews, USA, 2020
The Expected, Carolina Sandvik, Sweden, 2021

BUBBLE by Haonan Wang: A love and sacrifice story, set in dark alleys and quiet places of a city that appears to be under a spell. A black and sublime love story.

FLEX by Josefin Malmén and David Strindberg: A bodybuilder in the middle of an existential crisis reflects on his being (almost) a superhuman.

MONELLE by Diego Marcon: Come play with the Girls (Monelle). You will not get out alive. Suspended between horror and video-art, an absolute gem that will take your breath away.

STUFFED by Theo Rhys: Araminta dreams of stuffing a human being. Bernie volunteers to do it. Love and taxidermy, an impossible association.

THE EXPECTED by Carolina Sandvik: A surreal and fascinating body horror. A terrifying stop motion animation that reflects on pregnancy, relationships, and the fragility of life.

A(U)NTIE EMPIRE by Niamh McKeown and Julia Taudevin: The British Empire is falling to pieces. Literally.

GHOST DOGS by Joe Cappa: A puppy is haunted by the ghosts of his owners’ previous dogs. A bizarre and brilliant horror animation that you will not easily forget.

TEETHING by Glen Matthews: A vampire breaks into an orphanage in the middle of the night, hunting for young blood. The old janitor tries to stop him. A classical and powerful horror story, full of twists and turns.

SCUM MUTATION by Stéphanie Gervot: Against the system. Against all kinds of oppression. It is time to destroy the cage. It is time to revolt. A film-manifesto.

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