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The Wild Hunt (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | January 2010 (USA)
A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.

Director:

Alexandre Franchi

Writers:

Mark Antony Krupa (as Mark A. Krupa), Alexandre Franchi | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaniehtiio Horn ... Princess Evlynia - Lyn (as Tiio Horn)
Kent McQuaid ... Greg-ash
Trevor Hayes Trevor Hayes ... Shaman Murtagh
Mark Antony Krupa ... Bjorn Magnusson (as Mark A. Krupa)
Nicolas Wright ... King Argyle
Kyle Gatehouse ... David
Claudia Jurt ... Tamara
Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles ... Miguel (as Victor Trelles)
Ricky Mabe ... Erik Magnusson
Martin Stone Martin Stone ... Magnus
Terry Simpson Terry Simpson ... Bernie
Spiro Malandrakis ... Oliver
Holly Uloth Holly Uloth ... Ambrosia (as Holly O'Brien)
Nicholas Simard ... Viking 1
Claude Gauthier ... Viking 2
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A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.

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It's no longer a game.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agria enstikta See more »

Filming Locations:

Biccoline, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the scenes were shot at the Duché de Bicolline, a Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) compound in rural Quebec, during their annual Great Battle event. The director commented that after the production manager accidentally "rammed his pickup truck into the Echo of an extra", they tried to make it up to the extra by giving him a bigger part (one of Murtagh's enforcers). See more »

Soundtracks

Thes habet er ubar woroltring
Music composed by Benjamin Bagby
Based on a 9th-century text by the Alsatian monk Otfrid von Weissenburg
Performed by SEQUENTIA
Benjamin Bagby, voice & medieval harp
Norbert Rodenkirchen, medieval wooden flute
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One of the year's best films
29 March 2010 | by kino_vampSee all my reviews

I had the chance to see The Wild Hunt at TIFF in 2009. It was no surprise to later hear it had won the Best Canadian First Feature Film prize- it was one of the best and most surprising films I saw at the festival.

The Wild Hunt's premise is a young man naively entering a live-action role play (LARP) weekend in pursuit of his wayward girlfriend. There's some initial comedy in the fish-out-of-water concept, but real-life LARP aficionados needn't fear ridicule; the comedy is in the clash, not at the expense of players. The film in many ways actually celebrates this type of gaming and in more than a few instances defends it from common taunts.

From a simple beginning the story grows to a climax of epic proportions, bringing to mind Shakespearean levels of drama and tragedy. The Wild Hunt is an intelligent and impassioned exploration of fantasy and escapism, desire and obsession. Yet through all of this the film remains grounded in it's characters. One of the great strengths of the film is the realism and complexity at the heart of each role. You won't find any one-dimensional characters here. Instead we have very real people struggling with an escalating series of events, and the games quickly lose their innocence as people lose control.

The Wild Hunt is a truly remarkable film. The exploration of a blurring line between fantasy and reality is chilling, the performances are excellent, and from a technical standpoint it's equally well done. This is a film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre- not only is it engaging to watch, but it leaves you with much to contemplate.


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