The Winemaker

As a man walks the lonely halls of a winery, they soon become less lonely as he catches glimpses of two children. They seem perfectly at home, but it also seems as though they shouldn't be in any of the places where they appear... and perhaps they aren't in those places, not really.

The visuals are fascinating -- I watched it twice to make sure I hadn't missed any fleeting image. Unsurprisingly given its five-minute length, it has something of an unfinished feel to it, a strong sense that there's a great deal more that couldn't be shown yet for various reasons, but what is shown is tantalizing. It reminded me of a song that stops in the middle of a phrase -- it leaves the audience unsettled and wishing for an ending.

For now, The Winemaker is as much a teaser as a short film, with a feature-length version hopefully yet to come. The characters are only hinted at, some of them barely even visible, but several of them still give a feeling of great tension and uncertainty. Only the children seem strangely calm. But everyone is likely to find something different in this movie, as with a painting, and I for one will be very interested to watch the progression of this film.

Watch it here!

Yes, it's very trippy in parts.


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