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Midnight Son

Canadian Premiere

  • Horror
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  • USA
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  • 2011
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  • 88 min
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  • HD
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  • English
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WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2011

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"Those willing to give this indie a look are in for a treat" — Marina Antunes, QUIET EARTH

Credits

Director: Scott Leberecht
Screenplay: Scott Leberecht
Cast: Tracey Walter, Arlen Escarpeta, Larry Cedar, Shawn-Caulin Young
Producers: Matt Compton
Print Source: Free Lunch Productions

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Description

A young man in his mid-twenties, Jacob has been suffering from an advanced form of photosensitivity for several years now. This rare skin disease renders him allergic to direct sunlight. If exposed, his body is wracked with unbearable pain and breaks out in deep sores. Condemned to an isolated existence, he has adapted his daily life to fit his condition. Living alone in an apartment with all windows covered, he only goes out at night, making his way to the office building where he works as a security guard. An artist in his free time, his main hobby consists of painting sunsets, a sight he is denied. As for human contact, it is limited to brief conversations with an outspoken janitor who works in the same building and trivial exchanges with customers at the bar he visits. One of them will perhaps convince him to abandon his morose lifestyle. Strikingly beautiful Mary, a waitress with a passion for art history, is the complete opposite of Jacob — but it’s well known that opposites attract. All would be peachy for Jacob if a certain event hadn’t shaken his routine. His body is going through bizarre transformations. He suffers from an insatiable hunger that can only be satisfied by blood. Raw meat, soon enough, is not enough. He needs something warm and fresh, something human. Sun-sensitivity and blood-thirst, two telltale signs hinting at his ailment being of the supernatural persuasion. Above all, Jacob fears the imminent moment when he will lose his self-control and attack his first victim — and that it turns out to be Mary.

Like Shunji Iwai’s VAMPIRE, also showing at Fantasia this year, MIDNIGHT SON offers an intimate and contemporary take on the vampire figure. For his first feature, Scott Leberecht brilliantly reclaims and actualizes the themes and codes of Bram Stoker’s legendary novel. The connoisseur will enjoy recognizing Dracula and Van Helsing adapted to our times, all while being captivated by a moving psychological narrative. Because where MIDNIGHT SON hits its mark is through its polished development of a protagonist alienated from himself. It is difficult to remain indifferent to Jacob’s violent torments, to his discovery of love coinciding with growing murderous impulses. As erotic as it is bloody, MIDNIGHT SON is a romance supported by majestic performances, sure to please those who found TWILIGHT devoid of the mature approach the venerable vampire deserves.

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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