Poland, 2015 Horror/Fantasy/Drama
Director: MarcIn Wrona
Cast: Itay Tyran (Piotr), Agnieska Zulewska (Zaneta), Andrzej Grabowski (Father of Zaneta)
Marci Wrona director of Demon (2015)
Marcin Wrona, a young Polish director who held promise for the future of European cinema, committed suicide at his hotel in the city of Gdynia, where the film «Demon» was going to be premiered at the most important film festival in his country, just less than a month after the world premiere had been held at the Toronto festival and had received mixed reviews, a situation that the young filmmaker did not take very well. It is said that this uneasiness, and the director’s sometimes unstable personality, led him to that extreme decision.
«Demon» is an adaptation of the work «Adherence» by also Polish Piotr Rowicki, which deals with the Dybbuk, which in Jewish mythology are usually evil spirits that take possession of a person to resolve pending issues here on earth
Extremely stylized and atmospheric, sometimes reminiscent of Polansky from the 60s, it has a beautiful work of photography that shows as chilling the seemingly harmless rural areas of Poland where the wedding of Piotr (Itay Tiran) and Zaneta (Agnieska Zulewska) takes place. A mixture of genres, horror, and black comedy showcase a theme deeper in the Polish collective mind and that even today is taboo: The crimes committed between the Poles themselves to survive during the Second World War. This situation even today is something that is hidden under the rug. Knowing the historical context of Poland helps to understand and analyze the content of the film.
Without special effects, a fluid script, very clean cinematography in monochromatic tan, pale tone of brown, and mostly a great performance by Itay Tiran, in addition to an ending that challenges the viewer to review the film to solve the story (yes, everything is there, you just have to know how to see), «Demon» is an excellent idea if you want to see a movie out of the ordinary.
For fans of atmospheric, grounded horror stories, the ones that like films that improve your perception long after you see them. Not for jump scares fans.