The Wild Hunt (film)
|The Wild Hunt|
|Directed by||Alexandre Franchi|
|Produced by||Alexandre Franchi
|Written by||Alexandre Franchi
Mark A. Krupa
|Starring||Mark A. Krupa
|Music by||Vincent Hänni
|Edited by||Stephen Philipson
|Distributed by||TVA Films|
|Running time||95 minutes|
The Wild Hunt is a 2009 Canadian drama/horror film from Animist Films, produced and directed by Alexandre Franchi.
The film was screened in September 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was deemed best Canadian first feature. It was presented at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2010 where it received an Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film.
Erik Magnusson's (Ricky Mabe) girlfriend Lyn "Evelyn, princess of the Icewind" (Tiio Horn) is grossed out by Erik's aging father possibly with advanced Alzheimer's in their cramped Montreal apartment beside a busy freeway, is leaving him for Murtagh, who's older and more charmismatic, having been to introduced to him by Erik's eccentric older brother, Bjorn. Lyn is picked up by Murtagh and his crew (why Erik doesn't ask to go with them is unexplained) and (Lyn refers to Erik as "just a friend" in the van with Murtagh) to live in a fantasy/historical fusion live action role-playing game with characters based on Celts, Elves, Vikings, Pagan Germanics, Norse Mythology and Moors/Reconquistas from the Middle Ages/Medieval/Dark ages lore, with Murtagh apparently the leader of the Celts, a renegade army and possibly a death-cult. Murtagh wants Evelyn to participate in the Wild Hunt, a ritual that, if successful, will give his players a significant advantage in an upcoming mass battle.
Erik is repeatedly taunted by Bjorn for over-straightlacedness and not taking pride in his family's Icelandic background, decides to go out of his way to find Evelyn to convince her to come back with him only to become involved in the game's proceedings. Erik is coached by Bjorn in the roleplaying to join other players as Vikings. He attempts to "woo" the "kidnapped" Evelyn but only to be held back, mocked and chased by Murtagh's posse. Evelyn eventually joins Erik and Bjorn's Vikings only to be raided by Murtagh and the Celts having lost the distinction between fantasy and reality in a vicious out-of-control assault on the main camp, injuring people with Murtagh personally killing Erik by smashing his head on campfire rocks, with Bjorn realising he has gotten carried away. Murtagh flees and is following Evelyn, witnesses Evelyn standing at the edge of a waterfall, looks behind her at Murtagh and slowly but purposely dives forward, possibly committing suicide with her fate unknown as we do not see any further of her.
In the aftermath, Bjorn breaks into Murtagh's home in an isolated community and when Murtagh trips, bring his Mjölnir once on Murtagh's head, with blood spurted out, leaves promptly and silently with Murtagh convulsing.
National Post film reviewer Chris Knight rated the film at 3 stars, noting Claudia Jurt's role presented the "strongest link in this chain-mail tale". The Toronto Star review considered the film an "impressive achievement" but noted that technical flaws in editing, lighting and camera usage detracted from the plot and that the production should have been better funded. The Montreal Gazette gave a very positive review calling the low-budget film "[m]iraculously shot".
Along with the aforementioned wins at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival, the film received two nominations (cinematography, costume design) at the 31st Genie Awards.
- Mark A. Krupa – Bjorn Magnusson
- Ricky Mabe – Erik Magnusson
- Tiio Horn – Evelyn / Princess Evlynia
- Trevor Hayes – Shaman Murtagh
- Kent McQuaid – Greg'Ash
- Nicolas Wright – King Argyle
- Claudia Jurt – Tamara (referee)
- Kyle Gatehouse – David
- Spiro Malandrakis – Oliver (referee)
- Victor Trelles – Miguel / The Mexican Viking
- Holly O'Brien – Princess Ambrosia
- Martin Stone – Magnus Gunnarsson
- Terry Simpson – Bernie / Captain BernHeart
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