Amadou, a strong and charismatic African man, is washed up on a beach in southern Europe. Fate leads him to Brussels where, full of optimism, he tries to make a better life for himself. Exploited by traffickers, his daily life is slowly drained of hope, until he meets Agnès, a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman. She is seduced by his charm and force of character, while he projects all his hopes and dreams onto her. The illusion quickly shatters, and Agnès breaks all contact with Amadou, who little by little sinks into destructive violence, struggling with his inner demons. –Venice Film Festival
'The Invader' poses uncomfortable questions about the immigration policies of Fortress Europe and its creeping xenophobia. More subtly, in a layered visual style that often expresses more than the deliberately simple narrative, the film shows the tragic corrosive effects of social exclusion on a young man's mind. Read my full review: www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2012/06/10/the-invader
Very impressive film, especially considering it is Provost's first feature length film. He creates an oppressive atmosphere of urban alienation through the frequent use of shallow focus, an intuitive understanding of manipulating urban space and a powerful use of sound and minimalistic music. The performances of the two leads are also very strong, but this is first and foremost a stylistic triumph.
The Curtas Vila Do Conde Short Films Festival offers a varied & rich selection that exemplifies the special qualities of short form cinema.
A roundup of reviews, impressions and more from this year’s edition.