The Field Guide to Evil
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Lee Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland, Yannis Veslemes
Section: After Dark
Country: Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Poland, Turkey, USA | Year: 2018
Language(s): German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish | Time: 117 mins
A feature-length anthology film made by eight directors around the world, The Field Guide to Evil explores myths, lore, and folktales, which were created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, laying the foundation for what we know as the horror genre.
Veronika Franz’s first feature, Goodnight Mommy (2015), alongside The Field Guide to Evil partner Severin Fiala, have made the duo sought out filmmakers in the horror scene. Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s mutual taste in film have made them a formidable directorial pair known for unsettling the audiences. Peter Strickland’s first feature, Katalin Varga (2009), was filmed over just 17 days in Romania. Agnieszka Smoczynska, a Polish filmmaker, often draws on her own childhood experiences of Communist-era Poland and her love of the bleak fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Katrin Gebbe is a German director who began her filmmaking career with experimental pieces while she was a student of liberal arts and communications at the Academy of Visual Arts. Can Evrenol, a Turkish director, draws on his childhood memories while incorporating elements of modern and pop art and fairy tales. Calvin Reeder dropped out of the Seattle Film Institute and went on to direct many feature and short films. Ashim Ahluwalia is known for his unconventional style that combines elements of fiction and documentary films. Yannis Veslemes, a Greek director and composer, directed his first feature, Norway (2014), which defined his style as eclectic and dramatic.