Cold Souls

de Sophie Barthes



Nothing like this has appeared on the indie scene since Being John Malkovich: a well-known actor offers to play himself. The star in question is Paul Giamatti, hero of the latest independent cinema (American Splendor and Sideways, but also of Lady in the Water). Too blocked to interpret ‘Uncle Vanya’, Giamatti turns to a new technology that allows a person’s soul to be extracted and put away in a bottle to live a lighter, anxiety-free life. Exquisite photography follows Giamatti to the heart of Russia. Independent science fiction marked by Chekov’s tragicomic tone.


Sophie Barthes

Born in France and raised in the Middle East and South America, she debuted with the short  film Snowblink (04) along with her partner, director of photography Anrij Parekh. Her next short, Happiness (06), was screened at Sundance. Cold Souls is her first feature film.

Technical information

Edition: 2009
Section: Official Fantàstic Competition
Original language: English, Russian