Errors of the Human Body

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Errors of the Human Body
Errors of the Human Body.jpg
Movie Poster 2012
Directed byEron Sheean
Produced byDarryn Welch
Mike Dehghan
Cole Payne
Sam Horton
Josie Horton
Written byShane Danielsen
Eron Sheean
StarringMichael Eklund
Karoline Herfurth
Tómas Lemarquis
Rik Mayall
Music byAnthony Pateras
CinematographyAnna Howard
Edited byPatrick Wilfert
Instinctive Film
XYZ Films
Kurt Media
Distributed byIFC Films (USA) (theatrical)
Pandastorm Pictures (Germany)
XYZ Films (worldwide)
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
United States
Budget$1.9 Million

Errors of the Human Body is a 2012 psychological thriller directed by Eron Sheean and starring Michael Eklund.


Dr. Geoff Burton (Eklund), a brilliant genetics researcher, is invited to a lab in Dresden, only to discover a lethal virus is being created, which he may have unintentionally caused and be its first victim. This mystery is set against Dr. Burton trying to find redemption and peace from a past haunted by the death of his infant son.[1]


While showing a short film at Berlinale in 2006, Sheean met a scientist from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the brother of cinematographer Anna Howard, who became director of photography on the film.[2] He developed the feature while serving as an artist in residency for over six years at the institute in Dresden. Sheean said in an interview, "I managed to convince them to let me develop a feature film based around the institute and some of their bizarre and fascinating research projects. It’s not a documentary – it’s a fiction film with some real science as the jumping-off point for the story."[3]

Release and reception[edit]

After having its world premiere at Fantasia Festival in Montreal in July 2012, the film had its U.S. premiere in September at Fantastic Fest in Austin.[4] It was also selected at the Melbourne International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Miami International Film Festival, International Film Festival Phoenix, Frightfest London, Transatlantyk - Poznań International Film and Music Festival, Telluride Horror Show and Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. In September 2012, Jeff Deutchman from Sundance Selects/IFC negotiated with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films for the North American rights to distribute the film.[5]

During its tour of the festival circuit the film received mostly positive reviews, especially around Eklund's performance. Gabriel Ruzin of Screen Invasion wrote, "Errors of the Human Body is elevated by a sublime turn by star Michael Eklund... His agony, particularly in the third act, is brilliantly painful. Despite the screenplay skimming over his character’s supposed scientific prowess, to the film’s moderate detriment, Eklund’s powerful performance is nonetheless tragic and captivating."[6] Michael Treveloni of Film School Rejects noted, "The film is a not just a science-fiction horror story: it is a commentary on the importance of dialog, showcasing the need for communication in its many forms. With Geoff, Errors presents the perfect, damaged subject.".[7] At the Fantastic Fest screening, Sheean himself said, "The film is about a breakdown in communication, both on the surface in the characters and internally with the cells."[8]



  1. ^ "About the film". Instinctive Film. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ Whittington, James. "Exclusive Interview With Eron Sheean Director Of Errors Of The Human Body". CBS Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Of mice and scientists – interview with Eron Sheean, director of "Errors of the Human Body"". OPIUM. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  4. ^ Cayer, Ariel Esteban. "Errors of the Human Body World Premiere". Fantasia Festival. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave. "IFC Midnight buys domestic rights to 'Errors'". Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  6. ^ Ruzin, Gabriel. "Errors of the Human Body Fantastic Fest Review 2012". ScreenInvasion. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  7. ^ Treveloni, Michael. "Fantastic Fest: 'Errors of the Human Body' Presents A Man Divided". Reject Media, LLC. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  8. ^ Cangialosi, Jason. "Fantastic Fest Review: 'Errors of the Human Body'". Yahoo! Inc. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  9. ^ Cangialosi, Jason. "2012 Fantastic Fest Awards Announced". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  10. ^ "LEO Awards".
  11. ^ "Trieste Science+Fiction 2012".

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