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The Invitation

A witty dark comedy that transcends genres with gripping unpredictability.
5/5

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Thorsten Schade’s German-language dark comedy defies conventional genre boundaries, weaving a gripping narrative that unfolds with intense unpredictability. The story revolves around Tom’s (Orestes Fiedler) apprehensive invitation to meet his boss (Neven Noethig) and takes an unexpected turn when a promotion is offered. What follows is a surreal and sinister exploration within the boss’s residence, where elite figures adopt a cult-like atmosphere that both shocks and startles the audience, all without revealing crucial plot details.

The film seamlessly transitions between genres, evolving from a foundation of funny and witty dark humor into unexpected realms of darkness and the paranormal. The execution of special effects is notably well done, contributing to the overall immersive experience. English subtitles are thoughtfully provided, enhancing accessibility for a broader audience. The narrative’s ability to transcend traditional genre boundaries adds a layer of intrigue, keeping viewers engaged and uncertain about the unfolding events.

A standout feature of the short film lies in its stellar production values. The acting, particularly Orestes Fiedler’s portrayal, injects a palpable sense of innocence and vulnerability into the character. This not only adds depth to the storyline but also elicits empathy from viewers who find themselves emotionally invested in Fiedler’s character, actively rooting for his “survival”. The production design further enhances the immersive atmosphere, and cinematographer Nicolas Mussell’s work is marked by neatly framed, crafted shots, resulting in a high-quality visual finish.

Schade’s film is a masterfully crafted piece of cinema that successfully blends humor, suspense, and unexpected twists. Its ability to navigate seamlessly across genres, coupled with strong production elements and compelling performances, ensures a memorable and engaging viewing experience for audiences.

Brief Synopsis

The world-renowned Birkenholz AG invites young project developer Tom Renner to an interview. The meeting develops promisingly, but nothing is as it seems to be. And the hope for a little glamour and glory turns into Renner’s nightmare.
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Director(s): Thorsten Schade
Writer(s): Thorsten Schade
Cast: Annika Herget, Bettina Jerch, Fynn Zinapold, Maria Liedhegener, Neven Noethig, Orestes Fiedler, Rainer Besel, Sebastian Kowitz, Simon Jakobi
Producer(s): Melanie La Porta, Thorsten Schade
Director of Photography: Nicolas Mussell
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Runtime: 24 min

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The Invitation

A witty dark comedy that transcends genres with gripping unpredictability.
5/5

Review

Thorsten Schade’s German-language dark comedy defies conventional genre boundaries, weaving a gripping narrative that unfolds with intense unpredictability. The story revolves around Tom’s (Orestes Fiedler) apprehensive invitation to meet his boss (Neven Noethig) and takes an unexpected turn when a promotion is offered. What follows is a surreal and sinister exploration within the boss’s residence, where elite figures adopt a cult-like atmosphere that both shocks and startles the audience, all without revealing crucial plot details.

The film seamlessly transitions between genres, evolving from a foundation of funny and witty dark humor into unexpected realms of darkness and the paranormal. The execution of special effects is notably well done, contributing to the overall immersive experience. English subtitles are thoughtfully provided, enhancing accessibility for a broader audience. The narrative’s ability to transcend traditional genre boundaries adds a layer of intrigue, keeping viewers engaged and uncertain about the unfolding events.

A standout feature of the short film lies in its stellar production values. The acting, particularly Orestes Fiedler’s portrayal, injects a palpable sense of innocence and vulnerability into the character. This not only adds depth to the storyline but also elicits empathy from viewers who find themselves emotionally invested in Fiedler’s character, actively rooting for his “survival”. The production design further enhances the immersive atmosphere, and cinematographer Nicolas Mussell’s work is marked by neatly framed, crafted shots, resulting in a high-quality visual finish.

Schade’s film is a masterfully crafted piece of cinema that successfully blends humor, suspense, and unexpected twists. Its ability to navigate seamlessly across genres, coupled with strong production elements and compelling performances, ensures a memorable and engaging viewing experience for audiences.

Spotlight

No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

The world-renowned Birkenholz AG invites young project developer Tom Renner to an interview. The meeting develops promisingly, but nothing is as it seems to be. And the hope for a little glamour and glory turns into Renner’s nightmare.
The Invitation Short Horror Film

Credits

Director(s): Thorsten Schade
Writer(s): Thorsten Schade
Cast: Annika Herget, Bettina Jerch, Fynn Zinapold, Maria Liedhegener, Neven Noethig, Orestes Fiedler, Rainer Besel, Sebastian Kowitz, Simon Jakobi
Producer(s): Melanie La Porta, Thorsten Schade
Director of Photography: Nicolas Mussell
Animation:

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Genre: ,
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 24 min
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