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The Two Gambits

A dark drama that delves into unresolved family secrets.


Matthew Hazandras’s short drama film is a compelling exploration of family estrangement, delving into the complexities of secrets and lies that tore a family apart. Vjosa Azemi delivers a standout performance as a young woman seeking answers about Walter’s (Herbert Forthuber) traumatic past. The revelation of a web of secrets surrounding the departure of Walter’s children, Sophie and Isaac, adds layers of intrigue to the narrative.

The entire cast delivers captivating performances, but it is Forthuber’s portrayal of the soft-spoken Walter that truly steals the show. His nuanced performance keeps viewers glued to the screen, empathizing with his character’s journey of redemption and the unexpected reunion right under his nose.

The film tackles themes of vengeance and redemption, while also exploring the poignant underbelly of family dynamics. The narrative is filled with twists and turns, keeping audiences engaged and guessing until the very end.

Thomas Terminet’s cinematography elevates the film, creating visually stunning scenes that enhance the storytelling. The high-quality sound and post-production further contribute to the film’s polished and professional feel.

In conclusion, Matthew Hazandras’s short film is a fantastic and heart-wrenching exploration of family estrangement. With its captivating performances, intricate narrative, and cinematic visuals, this is a film that many can resonate with. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and the impact of unresolved family secrets.

The Two Gambits Short Film


Runtime: 27 min
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