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Prey – by Aćim Vasic

The perfect night of a predator turns out as a veritable nightmare

2018 | 5 - 10 | France | Gender | Live-Action | Thriller

The twist, the sudden and surprising turn, is quite often what makes a short film memorable. It is the case of Prey, short film directed by Aćim Vasic which ironically addresses the difficult (and very serious) theme of violence against women.

Vasic deals with this topic at the time of #MeToo and Time’s Up, but he chooses to face it subtracting things. He’s got a real simple story: a man (Franc Bruneau), a sexual predator, is sitting at the table of a bar in Montmartre waiting for his prey. When he finds her in an occasional bystander (Claire-Lise Lecerf), he turns into a ruthless hunter and stalks the woman into the dark alleys of the city. But without having to deal with an unforeseen event.

As his past work, 8, Prey “shows the violent side of masculinity,” Vasic explained in an interview with MEAWW. “I read many websites on street harassment, looked through many statistics, and was horrified to find that this issue is an everyday issue in every country on our planet, unfortunately. And I was encouraged to discover that there are many associations, movements, artists and colleagues that try to raise awareness of the issue and do something about it.”

Shot in three nights of filming on streets, Prey involved in the making 100 women. The director has gone through the data collected by Stop Street Harassment: according to a survey conducted by the nonprofit organization, over 99% of the female respondents said they had experienced some form of street harassment and 75% of female respondents have been followed by an unknown stranger in public.

The result is a mix of noir, thriller and ferocious satire, without dialogue and music. Vasic wanted to make his story universal and comprehensible at every latitude, hitting the target with convincing simplicity thanks to a direction full of details and nuances. Let’s stalk the stalker.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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