During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.
Next Floor is the surreal short film made by Canadian writer-director Denis Villeneuve that plunges us into an opulent dinner where rich diners gorge themselves on a rich panoply of meats. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of’ abundance. It is a clever social-commentary sprinkled with plenty of satire and no dialogue, an incredibly elaborate allegory that recalls Buñuel’s cinema.
The short, beautifully shot with a special care for the details and some almost stomach-churning food porn sequences, was inspired by an idea of the Canadian writer and producer Phoebe Greenberg, and scored over 43 international awards including the prestigious ‘Grand Prix Canal +’ for Best Short Film at the ‘47e Semaine Internationale de la critique‘ at Cannes 2008.
The director Denis Villeneuve has shortly attracted the attention of international audiences and critics thanks to his films that reveal his unique and powerful cinematic touch. His first feature film, A 32 août sur terre and Maelstrom have been presented at several international festivals with critical acclaim. Film of recent success as a Prisoner, with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Enemy, again with Jake Gyllenhaall, his “actor of trust”, finally enshrined him as one of the most interesting filmmakers in the contemporary cinema scene.
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