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Ventana Sur: Gustavo Hernandez Sets ‘Persomnia’ as Next Film (Exclusive)

2 December 2015 2:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires – Gustavo Hernandez, who broke out to international recognition and sales with his debut, the Elle Driver-sold 2011 Cannes hit ‘La casa muda,’ is lining up psychological paranormal thriller ‘Persomnia’ as his third directorial outing.

Set up at Montevideo’s Mother Superior Films, where Hernandez partners with Ignacio Cucucovich, who will produce, “Persomnia” could also mark Hernandez’s English-language debut, Hernandez said Tuesday at Ventana Sur.

Shot as one continuous take and the subject of a U.S. remake starring Elizabeth Olsen and directed by “Open Water’s” Chris Kentis and Lara Lau, “La casa muda” was shot in an isolated countryside house. “Local God,” Hernandez’s second film, seen at September’s Austin Fantastic Festival, unspools in a cave where a demonic force unleashes a rockband members’ worst nightmares.

Written by Juma Fodde Roma (“Splendorous Garden of the Heart”), “Persomnia” continues Hernandez’s hallmark claustrophobia: A young actress joins a radical theater troupe, »

- John Hopewell

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Backcountry Is a Subtle, Slow-Burn Thriller

20 March 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The best way to watch Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry is to go in not knowing anything about it. Not because it’s full of surprises and twists, but because it’s a slow-burn backwoods thriller that carefully creates a gathering sense of unease. Wait — have I already said too much?? No, really: Feel free to stop reading anytime, and consider everything from here on to be a spoiler. Go into Backcountry expecting too much and you might be disappointed. But know that it’s beautifully tense and well-acted — the kind of modest genre picture we don’t see enough of these days. It bears some resemblance to previous entries in the people-stuck-in-a-desperate-battle-against-the-elements genre. Think of Adam Green’s Frozen (not the Disney movie), which gave us three people stranded on a ski lift, and Chris Kentis’s Open Water, which had a couple cast out in the open ocean with a bunch of sharks. »

- Bilge Ebiri

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