Your new movie Echoes
- in a few words, what is it about?
tells the story of a middle-aged man and his infant son who are haunted by
strange entities in the middle of the woods.
What were your
sources of inspiration when writing Echoes?
am fond of films that deal with the intimate connection between man and
nature, reality and imagination, therefore I watched a lot of films having
these elements in them. Here I really need to highlight I Am the Pretty
Thing that Lives in the House and A Ghost Story, as these films were
extremely powerful in telling stories by using long and sometimes
motionless, yet fascinating takes.
is not exactly linear when it comes to its narrative and at times blurs
reality and imagination - so do talk about your storytelling approach for
a bit, and how easy or hard was it not to lose the plot in the process?
I intended to get rid of linear structure, the story can be divided into
two parts: one is led by some bittersweet moments highlighting a few
memories with his wife, while the other focuses on the main character
surrounded by strange events that affect him physically and mentally, too.
It was easy to follow the plot as it was my plan to work with this kind of
storytelling right from the beginning.
can you tell us about Echoes'
approach to horror?
would define the film as a mixture of experimental and transcendental
horror heavily relying on atmosphere - I tend to call it an ambient
horror. If one expects gore and mayhem, disappointment may follow their
expectations, but if you are ready to let the movie take your hands and
guide you, you might like the ride.
I think your locations were an
integral part in getting the atmosphere of your movie across just right -
so where was Echoes
filmed, and what was it like filming there?
perhaps the most important elements of the film are locations - it was
shot in the Bakony Hills, located in Transdanubia, Hungary and it was a
great fun filming there surrounded by the woods and complete silence. The
closest village was about 4-5 miles away from us.
As there are only a few characters in the story, the complete cast
and crew was around ten people.
What can you
tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
main character is played by Shawn Michael Clankie, who I think is one of
the most committed actors I have ever worked with. In my last feature he
had already had a small role and I knew I would want him to play the lead this time. It is a great pleasure knowing Shawn and I loved to work
with him. I had the privilege to work again with Tímea Virga and Rob
Oldfield, but I learned a lot when I directed great Hungarian actors such
as Péter Inoka or Bea Kocsis.
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
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starts its festival run very soon but it will be available online
between 25 and 28 January 2018. Go watch it on the film's Facebook page -
Any future projects you'd like to share?
horror feature entitled Spirits in the Dark is currently in
pre-production. Hopefully it will get a worldwide release in 2019. We'll
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
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