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An Interview with József Gallai, Director of Echoes

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2018

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Your new movie Echoes - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Echoes 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?

 

I 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.

 

Echoes 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?

 

As 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.

 

What can you tell us about Echoes' approach to horror?

 

I 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?

 

Indeed, 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?

 

The 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.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

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It 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 - https://www.facebook.com/echoesshort2018

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

My horror feature entitled Spirits in the Dark is currently in pre-production. Hopefully it will get a worldwide release in 2019. We'll see.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

News and updates are available here: https://www.facebook.com/echoesshort2018

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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