The Shaman is a mind-bending science fiction short movie, directed, written, and produced by the Austrian filmmaker Marco Kalantari.
It was released in March 2015, and after that, as one can find on the author’s website, it started a successful run at Film Festivals such as Tribeca (where it has been nominated as “Best Narrative Short”), Sci-Fi-London, Dragon Con 2015, Portland Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Toronto NXT, Viennale and more…
The movie was primarily self-funded, most of the $100k budget coming from the filmmaker’s own pocket. The project was very ambitious, and the final result left everyone wanting for more. It is a proof that Mr. Kalantari, a “professional dreamer”, has a clean vision of his creation and he knows exactly what he wants in his final product. They had seven different post-production crews working on it. There aren’t many producers so focused on details. It was filmed in Austria and Iceland and the actors are British and Austrian.
After over a hundred actors auditioned for the roles in this minutely made film, Danny Shayler has been chosen as “The Shaman”, David Sayers as “Lene”, and Susanne Wuest as the “Soul of the Colossus”.
The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. Recently mankind re-discovered the arts of Shamanism. The Shaman’s school of thought believes that every person or object has a soul. During battle Shamans step over into the Netherworld to find and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines. This tactic enables a single man to overcome an invincibly seeming steel monster.
This is the story of Joshua, a Shaman, who is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus. He does not yet know that the soul is prepared for his coming and that the deadly psychological soul-to-soul confrontation in the Netherworld will be on eye level.
– Marco Kalantari’s own description on Vimeo
I never liked to spoil any movie action in my reviews, so here you have the opportunity to watch this unique science fiction masterpiece for yourselves. I’m sure that you would like it to be a feature movie, because its seventeen minutes are not enough.
The Shaman has been featured on io9.com, geektyrant.com, indiewire.com which is the result of over four and a half million views of the trailer since March 2015. Again, I highly recommend it!
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