Dread Central: "The new short Pray looks like it could by one of the most visually stunning and psychologically disturbing films released this year. The Hong Kong/Brazilian co-production can now be viewed on vimeo.com/Ellovitch
From the Press Release:
After spending the last year raising hell on the film festival circuit, psychedelic horror short ‘PRAY’ will finally be available for everyone to see on November 1st, 2016.
Written by Claudio Ellovitch and Cheng Sing Yin and directed by Ellovitch, this bold Hong Kong/Brazilian production tells the story of a pensive monk who goes on a transcendent journey for meaning, and encounters worlds full of symbolism, horror and love that question everything he believes.
Here the lines between dreams, reality and religion are not so much blurred, but are utterly disregarded. In exchange, Ellovitch yanks away the safety net of familiar genre tropes, and leaves the viewer free falling into the unknown depths of their imagination.
The film’s surreal and somewhat experimental narrative is reflected in its eclectic production. There is a lyrical feel to it, a characteristic that can be attributed to the poetry of Indian artist Amit Desai. The poet, who also who plays the monk in the film, recites passages of his work which is used to haunting effect as the voiceover in the film.
The literary influence is also evident in the striking visuals. A former comic book store owner, Ellovitch, along with his director of photography Carlos Firmino and art director Wagner Ribeiro, use the graphical fidelity of comic books to layer the story in swirls of searing colour that bleed out from the precisely framed images. Combined with a foreboding score by Fabio Brum and Capileh Charbel, the 15 minute short film assaults the senses with relentless verve.
Winner of the covetable Viewster Online Film Festival and unlike anything you are likely to see this year, close the curtains and open your mind to the macabre mysteries of ‘Pray.’ #shortfilm #awardwinner #psychedelic #horror #occult #tarot #poetry #gore #arthouse #smfx #postproduction #filmfestival #alchemy #darioargento #Jodorowsky #kenrussell #kennethanger