We submitted Intruders to many festivals. We did not get into every one we applied to but did have the pleasure to have our film selected in several great and respected festivals. We had the pleasure to have our world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. It was a great premiere and was extremely exciting considering the amount of work that went into the project.
AWARD: Meilleure réalisation - Best Directing
Mention spéciale à Intruders de Santiago Menghini: « Impressionné par sa réalisation, le jury tient à souligner l’intelligence de la proposition cinématographique, formelle et narrative de ce film atypique. »
A 9-minute short split into 3 different stories, Intruders certainly has ambition. The bookending segments work well as minimalist horror pieces, but it’s the second segment that stands out. A young boy pulls a Rear Window when he uses a telescope to spy on the apartment building across from him, and what he sees is the stuff of nightmares. The way this sequence combines real and surreal images only adds to how terrifying it is, making it one of the short programmes’ highlights. It’s also one of the best-looking short films in the lot too, with plenty of striking cinematography. [C.J.]
Three short shorts in this short about mysterious forces at work in the dark of night or early dawn. Menghini’s camera movement and motion of objects that include swinging doors indicate that he could be a new director to watch for chilling horror films.
Santiago Menghini‘s Intruders is a stark, moody piece that unsettles for the entirety of its nine minutes. I was impressed how the film’s visuals conveyed just enough information to move the story forward. One of the benefits of the short form is the freedom for directors to be less strictly plot-driven, which Intruders is, but only in the service of tension and suspense. The film also includes a startling and devious final shot.