FANTASTIC CINEMA: A Closer Look at the Opening Night Feature "The Man in the Orange Jacket"

This is the ninth in a series of features looking at the films screening at Fantastic Cinema.

OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILMS - ARKANSAS PREMIERE

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 - 7:30 PM + SKYPE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR

ABOUT THE FILM

A young man is fired from his job at the sea port and begins to stalk his boss and his beautiful wife. After a blood chilling turn of events, he attempts to escape his past by moving into the lavish mansion previously owned by his boss. The embittered young man tries to assume a new identity and lead a luxurious life, but nothing will prepare him for an unsettling visit by a vaguely familiar guest. After that unnerving encounter, the house will no longer be a safe haven, becoming, instead, a twisted and dangerous trap haunted by menacing spirits.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Aik Karapetian was born in 1983 in Armenia, he was raised and studied in Latvia. After having received his MA degree in film directing from the Latvian Academy of Culture, Aik Karapetian went on to study at the Académie Internationale des Arts ESEC in Paris where he graduated in 2008. As a director and a screenwriter, he has made a number of short films and has participated in several film festivals. At the Latvian National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps 2007” his short film “Riebums” (Disgust, 2007) was awarded the title of Best Student Film. The jury then made a special exception and included the film in the Professional Category, where the film received a prize and received nominations for both, Best Short Film and Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, Aik himself was asked to participate in the jury of the National Film Festival.
 
In 2011, Aik directed the new production of the Latvian National Opera's “The Barber of Seville”, which was awarded the Best New Production of the season. On 2013 debuted in Latvian National Theatre as a director of the new production of W. Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”. “People Out There” was Aik's debut as director of a full-length feature film, premiered in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The horror film titled “The Man in the Orange Jacket (M.O.J)”, is Aik's second feature film.

 

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

  • Fantasia
  • Fantastic Fest
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Toronto Film Festival
  • & many more!

REVIEWS

The Hollywood Reporter called it a "stylish, ambitious, politically charged psycho-thriller," while Bloody Disgusting compared Aik Karapetian direction to David Lynch and Lars Von Trier.

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