The Rusalka + Conductor

Mysterious events at a lake set off Lovecraftian take on Slavic myth with a tender and fragile romance at the heart of it.

Tom retreats to a remote lake house to deal with his faith crisis. He meets Al, whose husband drowned in the lake, and Nina, who swims there. Tom and Nina fall in love, but something is strange about her. Was she involved in the drowning of Al’s husband?

In the opening scene, director Perry Blackshear (They Look Like People, Imagine 2016) gives away the true nature of Nina: it is a Rusalka, a water nymph from Slavic mythology. It doesn’t spoil the film, it rather gives a sense of danger to the romance and puts Nina in a different light. With the mute Tom as the main character, dialogue is sparse and it is up to the gorgeous images and the complex, layered soundscape to tell the story. Added to that is choral music to great emotional effect. The director gives the Slavic myth a Lovecraftian touch – the result is a breath of fresh air.

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With the short film:


Conductor still Imagine

Alexis helps beginning musician Josh to win the drum machine of his dreams en becomes his mentor in finding a winning beat. But the drum machine turns out to have unexpected powers and soon Josh’ ambitions get out of hand. Well-structured film gathers steam after a big twist in the coming-of-age story. Not for weak stomachs. 

United States | 2018 | 7m
Director | Alex Noyer


Type Feature Film
Director Perry Blackshear
Country USA
Year 2018
Duration 80 min
Spoken languages English
Subtitles Without
Cast Evan Dumouchel, MacLeod Andrews, Margaret Ying Drake


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