Return of the Body Snatchers

Guion y dirección de Carlos Essmann
10 min | 2013 | Official Selection Visions du Réel 2013, Nyon.


When you move to a new house, you know what is left behind, but you cannot always tell what will follow. Based on my own true story and the intimate bonds with objects that never leave us, can they truly be alive?


At the periphery of the documentary film genre, curious objects can be found: Return of the Body Snatchers begins quite innocently as a self-narrated short film where Carlos Essmann is confronted with a mountain of objects: countless things that came into view in his last apartment move but he simply could not be separated from. However, the story told with stop motion and other home-made visual tricks soon drifts off into the abyss of the subconscious, into the night, where seemingly inanimate things spring to life and the ideology of the cult of the body takes a monstrous shape, makes metallic rattling noises under the bed. The terrified filmmaker reaches for his only weapon, the camera, to film himself and his encounter with the nocturnal visitor in his sleep. With the tension of a horror film and a touch of science fiction, this humorous UFO of a film deals with the widespread fear of compulsive hoarding and being dominated by materialism in general.

Jenny Billeter [Visions de Réel 2013 Catalogue]


Made with Mobirise web creator