The Wild Hunt (film)

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The Wild Hunt
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Directed by Alexandre Franchi
Produced by Alexandre Franchi
Karen Murphy
Written by Alexandre Franchi
Mark A. Krupa
Starring Mark A. Krupa
Ricky Mabe
Tiio Horn
Music by Vincent Hänni
Gabriel Scotti
Edited by Stephen Philipson
Arthur Tarnowski
Distributed by TVA Films
Release date(s)
  • 9 April 2009 (2009-04-09)
Running time 95 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $500,000 (CA$)

The Wild Hunt is a 2009 Canadian drama/horror film from Animist Films, produced and directed by Alexandre Franchi.

Production[edit]

This is the first feature-length film by Montreal producer-director Alexandre Franchi.[1][2] The production was based on 35 mm film with an estimated $500,000 (CA$) budget.[3]

Presentations[edit]

The film was screened in September 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was deemed best Canadian first feature.[4] It was presented at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2010 where it received an Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film.[2]

Plot[edit]

Erik Magnusson (Ricky Mabe) and his girlfriend Evelyn (Tiio Horn) have a falling out, in part due to stress from Erik's dying, incoherent father. She leaves to live in a live action role-playing game whose characters such as Celts, elves and Vikings are derived from the Middle Ages.[5] Murtagh, the leader of a group within the game, 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 pursues Evelyn only to disrupt the game's proceedings.[6] Erik partners with his estranged brother Bjorn and other players and referees on a quest to find Evelyn. He rescues her from the Wild Hunt and the two are reconciled, despite Murtagh's efforts to persuade her to come back.

Having lost Evelyn and been humiliated by Erik, Murtagh snaps and ritually cuts off his gamer wrist band. He leads his followers in a vicious assault on the main camp, injuring people and killing Erik. Murtagh flees, witnessing Evelyn commit suicide as he escapes through the woods.

Days later, Bjorn breaks into Murtagh's home and beats him to death.

Reception[edit]

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".[7] 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.[8] The Montreal Gazette gave a very positive review calling the low-budget film "[m]iraculously shot".[9]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Wild Hunt". Telefilm Canada. Retrieved 2010-01-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Montreal film The Wild Hunt scores Slamdance audience prize". CBC News. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  3. ^ Wiggers, Darryl (31 August 2009). "Canada First! The Wild Hunt". Playback. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  4. ^ Wente, Jesse. "The Wild Hunt". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Wild Hunt". Cinematheque Ontario. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  6. ^ Bell, Robert (October 2009). "TIFF Reviews: The Wild Hunt". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ Knight, Chris (9 April 2010). "The Wild Hunt: The role play’s the thing". National Post. Retrieved 2010-04-10.  3/5 stars
  8. ^ Howell, Peter (8 April 2010). "The Wild Hunt: Promising thriller needed bigger budget". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-04-17.  3/4 stars
  9. ^ Griffin, John (9 April 2010). "Movie review: The Wild Hunt / Small film aims high and hits big time". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 2010-04-17.  4/5 stars

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