The Sunken Convent

A man wakes up, he goes to work, he eats in, he does a bit of home surgery, he drives to the woods.

Told without words and loosely inspired by the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Sunken Convent' is a grotesque and slightly surreal story of bad habits.

  • Michael Panduro
    Director
  • Michael Panduro
    Writer
  • Jón Hammer
    Producer
  • Claus Flygare
    Key Cast
  • Camilla Wikke
    Key Cast
  • Snorre Ruhe
    Director of Photography
  • Sune Kaarsberg
    Sound
  • Zofia Madej
    Production Design
  • SODA Aps
    Make-Up Effects
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Det Sjunkne Kloster
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Horror
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Denmark
  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Imagine Film Festival
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    April 16, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival
    Ljutomer
    Slovenia
    July 12, 2016
    Slovenian Premiere
  • LatronicHorror Film Festival
    Latronico
    Italy
    July 18, 2016
    Italian Premiere
    Best Cinematography
  • BUSHO Film Festival
    Budapest
    Hungary
    August 30, 2016
    Hungarian Premiere
  • OFF - Odense International Film Festival
    Odense
    Denmark
    August 29, 2016
    Danish Premiere
  • Cinefantasy IFFF
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    September 6, 2016
    South American Premiere
  • HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    September 9, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Feratum Film Fest
    Tlalpujahua
    Mexico
    October 5, 2016
    Mexican Premiere
    Best Int. Short Film
  • Screamfest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    October 18, 2016
  • Art City Short Film Festival
    Buea
    Cameroon
    October 26, 2016
    African Premiere
  • Grimm Up North
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    October 7, 2016
    UK Premiere
  • Celluloid Screams
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    October 27, 2016
  • Requiem Fear Fest
    Montral
    Canada
    October 29, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
  • Spooky Movie Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    October 7, 2016
  • Asiana Int. Short Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    November 6, 2016
    Asian Premiere
  • Cucalorus
    Wilmington, NC
    United States
    November 9, 2016
  • Monster Fest
    Melbourne
    Australia
    November 29, 2016
    Australian Premiere
  • Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    Knoxville
    United States
    October 19, 2016
  • San Sebastian HAFFF
    San Sebastian
    Spain
    October 30, 2016
    Spanish Premiere
  • Terror Cordoba
    Cordoba
    Argentina
    October 30, 2016
    Argentinian Premiere
    Special Mention, Best Actor, Claus Flygare
  • A Night of Horror
    Sydney
    Australia
    December 2, 2016
  • Paris Int. Fantastic Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    December 8, 2016
    French Premiere
  • BogoShorts Int. Short FF
    Bogota
    Colombia
    December 8, 2016
    Colombian Premiere
  • Eindhoven Film Festival
    Eindhoven
    Netherlands
    December 8, 2016
  • Fantasturka
    Ankara
    Turkey
    December 10, 2016
    Turkish Premiere
  • Macabre Faire Film Festival
    Syracuse
    United States
    January 14, 2017
  • Courts Mai Trash Short FF
    Bruxelles
    Belgium
    January 31, 2017
    Belgian Premiere
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
    Clermont
    France
    February 4, 2017
  • Meme Pas Peur Fantastic Film Festival
    Reunion Island
    France
    February 25, 2017
  • Landshut Short Film Festival
    Landshut
    Germany
    March 9, 2017
    German Premiere
  • Independent Days Film Festival
    Karlsruhe
    Germany
    April 4, 2017
Director Biography - Michael Panduro

With a background in commercials and music videos, Michael's most noticeable works are a string of music videos for bands like Napalm Death, Cephalic Carnage and Job For a Cowboy - some of which have pushed the boundaries of gore and good taste. He has won a number of awards, has been nominated for a Méliès d'Argent twice and screened at festivals like Raindance, CPH PIX and Animafest Zagreb.

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Director Statement

The first time I read Hans Christian Andersen's reworking of Gottschalk's 'The Sunken Convent',
I was fascinated by the short story. It has a peculiar feeling of impending doom, which
we've tried to match in this very free adaptation.

I'm fascinated by how we as people apparently crave our own demise. How our actions often
prefer habit over logic despite sometimes fatal consequences. A great example is our handling
of the environment. Despite all our knowledge of the subject and a number of possible
solutions already established, our planet is still as doomed as it was the first time we learned
about climate change and global warming. We know how to change things in the right direction,
yet we do nothing. This paradox intrigues me.

'The Knight' in the story becomes a grotesque picture of these patterns of behaviour. A man
so stuck in old habits, that he actively weighs himself down - a selfdestructive dinosaur. As
such, you could say that the film is a satire on modern day apathy - a film about how human
nature will undoubtedly lead to our demise.