Le père

When Z is painting, the world makes sense. In her studio, with her paintings, brushes and canvas, it all comes together and she doesn't need anything else.
People in her life have negative connotations; her controlling mother is always talking about her more successful younger sister, an abusive ex-boyfriend doesn't want to let go of their relationship, and a distant friend won't stop bothering her. As time passes she tries to distance herself from them by escaping into art.
However a man from her painting comes alive and goes on a killing spree of her closed ones. Is she his final victim or is he just helping her? How long is it going to take her to realize what is happening and how can she stop it?

  • Maggi Marcus
  • Maggi Marcus
  • Elizaveta Medvedeva
    Key Cast
  • Caroline Koziol
    Key Cast
  • Sara Chambers
    Key Cast
  • Sean Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Vincent Gibbs
    Key Cast
  • Treyvon Carter
    Key Cast
  • Mackenzie Baumhower
    Key Cast
  • Santiago PIneros-Serrano
    Music Supervisor
  • Kevin Best
    Directors of Photography
  • Marc Benjamin
    Directors of Photography
  • Robert Herrick
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Surreal, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Maggi Marcus

Maggi grew up on a farm in Slovakia, spending her free time writing stories, publishing some on the Internet and dreaming of the big world. At the age of 18, she left home to study Film and Television in the United Kingdom. Her second year at the university, she studied abroad in the United States and the third year she is currently interning at a television production company in Paris, France. Her passion for storytelling is driving her to develop her skills, finding new inspiration in order to bring the viewers a meaningful experience. She has completed her own films, clips and worked on many others since 2011.

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Director Statement

The question whether focusing only on work/art is an escape or life itself, is something I reflect upon everyday. What is the right balance ? If I’m passionate about something, shouldn’t I follow it as much as possible ? When does it become an obstacle or a barrier for everything else in life ? What is life without doing what I love ?
I try to explore these questions in the film and when I combine it with my interest in psychology and surrealism, it has become a study of an introverted girl who immerses herself completely into her passion for painting. However excess is never good and especially when taken as a pseudo-solution to her problems.
The film is very subjective to the main character. All her interactions with the outside world, including all the people in her life are through her eyes very disrupting, fragmented and exaggerated.
The surrealism is slight, but enforced by the editing and the blocking of the space. As a personal expression, I’m thrilled to hear the viewers’ opinions and what they took from the film. At the end it couldn’t be done without the team of super talented people of which I’m very proud.