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Nightmare, The

A film by AKIZ
Featuring Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon

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Tina is 17 years old and seemingly has everything a girl her age could wish for. But one night after an intense party, she begins having severe nightmares. From this point forward she is haunted daily by a profoundly hideous creature. Her parents do not believe her story.

The only one with whom she talks about her fears is her psychiatrist. He encourages her to get in touch with the creature. At first Tina refuses to, but after she overhears her parents’ plans to put her in a mental hospital, she overcomes her fear and begins talking to creature.

To her surprise, Tina discovers that the creature actually exists as a personification of her fears, and that it perceives the same emotions and sensations as she does. Out of fear of being taken for a freak by her friends and family, she hides the creature in her room. And as time goes by she loses her disgust of him. A trusting relationship develops between Tina and creature—much like with a wild animal found abandoned in the wilderness—and by dealing with the creature Tina learns more about her true self. However, before long, her parents and eventually her friends discover the creature with their own eyes…

"A raucous mashup of IT FOLLOWS and BASKET CASE with a touch of SPRING BREAKERS!" —Hollywood Reporter

"The director AKIZ has mixed black romance, comic as well as horror elements to give shape to Tina’s fears. Not a typical coming-of-age story, [...] with a great soundtrack."Süddeutsche Zeitung 

"THE NIGHTMARE is bound to be one of the most assaulting teasers you will see [...]. With a barrage of striking images set against a soundtrack designed to make your heart race, it hints at a sensory experience that will only serve to be more terrifying and bizarre when seen on the big screen."Indiewire 

"A beautiful film which has already received much international attention, and for which festivals will surely battle." —Filmfest Munich

"An exceptionally well-done and good looking first film, intelligently constructed, beautifully featured, shot in short mostly dark takes, underlayed with a fast beating soundtrack."Fipresci

2015 Locarno International Film Festival
2015 Berlin International Film Festival
2015 Vancouver International Film Festival
2015 AFI Fest

88 minutesGerman / English subtitles
Release: 2015

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Fantasy, Horror, KimStim Collection, Music, Narrative, Psychology, Techno

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