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Death Knot

Tali mati
dir. Cornelio Sunny
Indonesia 2021, 100’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
St 20 Nov, 21:30
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Udine Far East Film Festival
Credits
Indonesia 2021
Duration: 100’
director: Cornelio Sunny
screenplay: Ike Klose, Cornelio Sunny
cinematography: Gunnar Nimpuno
editing: Helmi Nur Rasyid, Indra Sukmana
cast: Djenar Maesa Ayu, Morgan Oey, Widika Sidmore, Cornelio Sunny
producer: Giovanni Rahmadeva
production: Kathanika Entertainment, Matta Cinema
language: Indonesian
colouration: colour

Film description

Eka and her brother Hari get the dramatic news of their mother's suicide. Devastated, they return to their home village to plan their mother's burial. The village (of course) turns out to be weird and nightmarish, its inhabitants – unwelcoming, and the thick, woods around it – extremely dangerous. What secrets does this gloomy place hide? And what pushes the people of the village to take their own lives? Will the siblings find out the truth about their mother, suspected of making a dark, shamanic pact with the forces of evil? And find out who they really are?

It is not easy to come up with something fresh and surprising in the folk horror genre today, but Cornelio Sunny bravely proves that it is still possible. "Death Knot" rejects cheap generic tricks and special effects put in to cover the lack of ideas. One by one, the horrifying events tighten the string of tension, inevitably pushing the audiences to the edges of their seats. Regardless of its low budget, the clever script makes "Death Knot" the best Indonesian scare of they year – intriguing, atmospheric, and blood-chilling!

text:
Marcin Krasnowolski

Cornelio Sunny

Director, film and TV actor. He is of Mexican-Indonesian origins, he was born in Surakarta in Indonesia, but spent many years in Canada studying acting. In 2008, he decided to return to Indonesia and continue his acting career there. Together with director Ismail Basbeth, who cast him in his movie "Another Trip to the Moon" (2015), they started an independent production company Matta Cinema in 2017. "Death Knot" (2021), his directorial debut, premiered at Udine Far East Film Festival.

Filmography:

2021 Węzeł śmierci / Tali mati / Death knot

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