I Hear the Trees Whispering

Running from his tormented past, a man takes a job in the middle of the woods, only to find his quiet life shattered when it soon turns out nothing around him is what it seems.

  • József Gallai
    Director
    The Poltergeist Diaries, Spirits in the Dark, Bodom
  • József Gallai
    Writer
    The Poltergeist Diaries, Spirits in the Dark, Bodom
  • Roy McClurg
    Producer
    The Poltergeist Diaries, The Shepherd, A Guidebook to Killing Your Ex
  • Jon Vangdal Aamaas
    Producer
    Saloum, Nest of Vampires, Blood Machines
  • Kai Destiny
    Producer
    Bermuda Island, Arena Wars, Bloodthirst
  • Mickey Raymond
    Producer
    Bermuda Island, Arena Wars, Bloodthirst
  • Gergő Elekes
    Producer
    The Poltergeist Diaries, Aftermath, Bodom
  • József Gallai
    Producer
  • Gábor Varga
    Key Cast
    "Will"
    Perihelion, Interview
  • Laura Saxon
    Key Cast
    "June"
    Bannerman, The Poltergeist Diaries
  • Larry Hankin
    Key Cast
    "Dale"
    Breaking Bad, Home Alone, Escape from Alcatraz
  • Bill Oberst Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Chuck"
    Synchronic, 3 from Hell, Resolution
  • Anita Tóth
    Key Cast
    "Lily"
    The Poltergeist Diaries, Still
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Hungary
  • Country of Filming:
    Hungary
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Druk International Film Festival
    Paro
    Bhutan
    March 1, 2022
    3 Awards: Best International Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography
  • High Tatras Film & Video Festival
    Dolný Smokovec
    Slovakia
    February 1, 2022
    Best Indie Film Award
  • The IndieFEST Film Awards
    La Jolla
    United States
    March 1, 2022
    Award of Merit: Best Feature Film
  • Tagore International Film Festival
    Birbhum
    India
    April 10, 2022
    4 Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Film Score
  • The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF)
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    March 31, 2022
    1 Nomnation: Best Trailer
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas
    United States
    May 1, 2022
    5 Awards: Best Indie Feature, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Original Story, Best Original Score
Director Biography - József Gallai

Born in 1988, József Gallai is an independent filmmaker living and working in Hungary.

In 2014, he wrote and co-directed Hungary's first feature length found footage horror Bodom (2014). In this year the movie opened the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby, UK as well as collected numerous nominations on film festivals including 30 Dies Festival in Andorra, Golden Rake Award for Indie Horror and New York Scary Film Awards in the US and Amazon Horror Awards in Brazil.

In 2015 Bodom was in the final competition at the Full Moon Horror & Fantasy Film Festival in Romania, competing with award winning films such as Welp (2014), Horsehead (2014) and Réalité (2014).

In 2016 his next horror movie Moth (2016) was completed and finished 4th Best Feature Film at the International Horror Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. The movie has been called a "thought-provoking and chilling film" by Found Footage Fiction and a "front running for a new horror niche" by Horror Habit. According to Horror Asylum, Moth is "an unusual experience with some moment reminding the author of David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006)".

In the end of 2016 Gallai finished his fourth found footage feature A Guidebook to Killing Your Ex (2016), being described as an "enjoyably sinister movie with a delightfully unhinged central performance" by UK Film Review and collecting further positive reviews from Found Footage Critic, Top Found Footage Films and Warped Perspective as well as three nominations (including Best Original Screenplay of a Feature Film) on the International Filmmaker Festival World Cinema in Nice in 2017.

Between 2018 and 2020, he completed two other feature films Spirits in the Dark (2020) and The Surreal Project (2019) which are distributed worldwide by Wild Eye Releasing.

Featuring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, Gallai's feature film The Poltergeist Diaries was released worldwide in 2021 and he has just finished his adventure/mystery/sci-fi feature I Hear the Trees Whispering starring Academy Award nominee Larry Hankin and Emmy Award winner Bill Oberst Jr.

In 2022, he is going to direct his science fiction feature Project Skyquake starring Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore, Robert LaSardo and Simon Bamford.

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Director Statement

I had the idea for the film in 2017, but it wasn't until 2021 that I decided to make it. It took a lot of time for everything to fall into place and for me to create characters that are really important to me.

Although filming took only 9 days, I Hear the Trees Whispering helped me to look at myself, filmmaking as well as working with others in a different way.

Being a true genre-bending, it is an adventure film, a drama, a science fiction and a love letter to my family in the same time, in an approach that many have probably never seen before, neither at film festivals nor on the screen.