Local filmmaker Karen Lam’s short film Chiral follows an anxiety-ridden art dealer (Nelson Leis) who chases a thief (Vanessa Walsh) from his art gallery out into the night, only to come face to face with his doppelgänger. The narrative is a tense nightmarish odyssey, set against the backdrop of the gritty industrial alleyways of the Vancouver east side.
Lam’s use of intimate shaky-cam cinematography and a pulsing score heighten the lead character’s anxiety and places the audience inside his head as his uneasy night turns from routine to surreal. When the man confronts the thief at the story’s climax, the stressful tone reaches uncomfortable heights that will leave VIWIFF’s audience hanging at the edge of their seats.
Another great film from Karen Lam, Chiral is one of the many highlights in the “70% Dark” Genre Short Film Program that VIWIFF attendees will not soon forget.
Catch #Chiral on Friday March 11th at 4:00 PM at #VIWIFF2016.
(written by Turner Stewart)
The VIWIFF runs March 8 – 13 at the Vancity Theatre.
70% DARK SHORTS PROGRAM: Friday, March 11th, 4:00 – 6:00
CRUSHED: Friday, March 11th, 6:30 pm
END OF DAYS, INC.: Friday, March 11th, 9:30 pm
Filmmakers in attendance! More info here: www.womeninfilm.ca
More genre films to follow April 20th, 2016, at NCFD presented by Cinemafantastique Fest, Shivers Film Society, Women in Film Vancouver. https://www.facebook.com/events/909898079107739/