"I wanted the viewer to lose all morality". That's how categorical Pascal Laugier, the director of Martyrs was, a film that premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in the Official Fantàstic Selection. After the film was screened, a viewer threw up from of the cruelty of its images.
The movie, which is the French director's second feature length film, premiered at the Cannes film festival and was like getting kicked in the stomach. Martyrs is a brutal and savagely violent story. "It's a movie that wonders what's left after violence", Laugier added.
Referring to its plot, Laugier explained that "it comes from a simple idea, a girl that does away with an entire family. From there, I wanted to raise questions: why did she do it'". Martyrs is a movie about vengeance and how absurd it is.
The film starts out in the 1970's, when a girl (played by Myrlène Jampanöi) escapes from a cache where she's spent half her life. From there, they take her to a children's shelter where she only relates to another girl and where she has some traumatic nightmares. Fifteen years later, the same girl breaks into a family's home and kills all its members.
At this edition of the Festival, Ferrara presents Chelsea on the Rock, a documentary about the mythic hotel that was home to many of the period's New Yorker intellectuals in the late 70's.
In addition to Ferrara, at this edition of the Festival, John Carpenter, Charlie Kaufman and Nicholas Meyer will also be receiving the Time Machine Award.