We’ve known for some time that Daughter of Dismay, an ambitious art film by Austrian director James Quinn, is slated for release sometime this year. What we didn’t know was where it will first turn up. Today we got our answer: check out Arrow Video Frightfest, because the short film will have its world premiere screening there.
Shorts like Daughter of Dismay are notorious for their low-budget looks, but this one has been filmed entirely in 70MM IMAX photography. There will be regular 35MM and 70MM prints of the movie, but only the truly chosen theaters will get the IMAX version. Why the extravagance? As Quinn tells it, “Daughter of Dismay was always supposed to be a big project, presented in the most epic format it could be presented in. At first we were aiming for regular 70mm, but upgraded to 70mm IMAX only weeks before the shoot.”
Quinn adds, “There’s a certain magic about seeing something on actual film on the big screen, especially in 70mm. I was always extremely interested in this epic aspect of movies, where you don’t just go to watch something, but actually experience the entire movie to a point that’s almost physical, as part of a spectacle that evokes greater feelings than just simple entertainment. As a big fan of horror cinema, I wanted to combine this experience that 70mm and 70mm IMAX brings with occult and horror elements, something that’s very unusual for this format, something that I think is very exciting.”
Now here’s the thing about the Frightfest appearance…it is NOT a 70mm screening. Perhaps the film stock isn’t ready yet, but it will be shown in IMAX Laser instead.
Daughter of Dismay tells the surreal and mystical tale of an emotionally broken witch. She enters the darkness of the woods to fulfill her biggest desire, for which she takes extreme and radical measures that will have sinister consequences. Portrayed in elegant painting-like, the film is an epic, moving and emotional trip through a world of witchcraft and occultism, leading to a heartbreaking and melancholic finale.
You may not have the gear to properly project the YouTube trailer, so for full effect, try to sit as close to the screen as you can. Daughter of Dismay will be released in IMAX theaters, 70mm theaters and other film festivals later in 2019.