|release date||March 9 2012|
|writer||Chris Kentis and Laura Lau|
|starring||Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross|
|tagline||Real Fear. Real Time.|
|trailer 1||Trailer #1|
SynopsisThe original Silent House, which ran in Cannes Directors Fortnight this year, was directed by Gustavo Hernandez and told in 80 minutes of “real time” during one continuous take.
Silent House follows a young woman troubled a childhood trauma. Whilst visiting her family’s isolated summer home with her father and uncle, when they learn they are not alone in the house. The terrifying 80 minute period is told from Sarah’s point of view. Elizabeth Olsen, sister to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, takes the lead role.
We haven’t heard much from writer/director Chris Kentis since he hit the Sundance Film Festival with Open Water back in 2004. The filmmaker’s speculative account of two missing scuba divers earned the respect of critics for its raw improvisational style. And perhaps more importantly, the ballsy Kentis dared to put his actors in the water with hungry, real-life sharks. Turn on the camera. And then toss some chum. It was a move that earned him some heavy-duty street cred with the indie-spunk fringe players, even if the resulting film wasn’t satisfying enough to prove re-watchable.
But a seven year absence seems awfully excessive, especially for a writer/director whose first Sundance Film Festival entry grossed $30 million on a $500,000 budget. Thankfully, the prodigal son returned to Sundance ’11 with Silent House, a very late addition to the festival slate. (According to one of the programmers, the film was just wrapping principal photography as Sundance was making its final selections).