WINNER: Best Picture, Austin Fantastic Fest
Demon is a clever take on one of the most famous figures of Jewish folklore the dybbuk, a spirit of a person not properly laid to rest that seeks to inhabit the body of a living person.
Wrona's film sets a creepy tale of possession squarely in the middle of a night of wild revelry. Peter has just arrived from England to marry his beautiful fiancée, Zaneta, at her family's country house in rural Poland. While inspecting the grounds on the eve of his nuptials, Peter finds skeletal human remains buried on the property. Haunted by his discovery, Peter slowly starts to unravel while the joyous and drunken wedding goes on around him. As the night wears on, it becomes apparent that there is an uninvited guest at the wedding, that she is lonely and that she is very, very dead.
As the wedding celebration whirls around our possessed hero, and Wrona adroitly tosses in moments of unexpected humour and sharply observed realism, Demon becomes a thrillingly kinetic cinematic experience.
Colin Geddes Toronto International Film Festival
Olga Szymanska will be attending.