The films of Bill Mousoulis
(2007, 70 mins, Betacam, color, sound)
Written by Bill Mousoulis
and Ali Alizadeh
Featuring: Vanessa de Largie, Alex Spears, Patrick Boyle, HaiHa Le, Jennifer Levy.
for purchase on DVD
Genre: narrative drama
Synopsis: Z and X are a vampire couple, living in an old warehouse in inner-city Melbourne. Over the course of one night, they go about their regular business, teaming up with the poet-cannibal Seers and another vampire Vee. After a strange encounter with the mysterious Rola, the fabric of Z and X's world begins to change. A philosophical vampire film.
Screenings: 17, incl. at Melbourne Underground Film Festival, 2007 - Best Film, Best Actress (Vanessa de Largie), Best Editing (Bill Mousoulis); 26th Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film, March 2008; 14th Athens International Film Festival, Sep 2008; 53rd Cork Film Festival, Oct 2008.
"After making several well-regarded art films, director Bill Mousoulis has turned his hand to the genre of vampire film, with stunning results. A Nocturne is perhaps the most wildly original and stunningly beautiful vampire film I have ever seen. This is Melbourne indie cinema's own very answer to Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 masterpiece Near Dark, for its radical reworking of the rules of the genre, but closer in style to Jean Rollin's Fascination or The Living Dead Girl for its poetically haunting imagery." - Tony McMahon, In-Press Magazine, Sep 2007.
"Bill Mousoulis' deliberately abrasive A Nocturne is as minimally plotted as his other work, and as concerned with solitary obsessives - even if this time round most of them are vampires. As usual with Mousoulis, the ever-present threat of banality is a main theme. A visiting Frenchwoman tells her bloodsucking proteges they've reached a dead end, and a tour-de-force montage sequence suggests the real horrors are to be found in daylight: the pedestrians crossing the street in unison are literally controlled by machines." - Jake Wilson, The Age, Sep 2007.
"Melbourne-based, independent filmmaker Bill Mousoulis' latest offering, A Nocturne (2007), is an intriguing reworking of the vampire genre. In a career spanning 25 years, Mousoulis has rarely treaded either genre or conventional narrative terrain. His films, rather, resemble raw, delicate, carefully devised offerings from filmmaker to audience in which the filmmaker shares his view of the world, humanity, desire, love, emotion. This view finds its formal expression not via conventional narrative or genre, but rather a certain realism that aims to honestly channel the emotional and spiritual world of its characters. Though A Nocturne may signal a new direction of some kind for Mousoulis, the film remains consistent with the themes and ideas he has explored thus far. As in previous Mousoulis films, A Nocturne sets up an opposition between commerce and art; mainstream and alternative space; the ruthlessness of capitalist society and the humanity of the artist." - Fiona Villella, Senses of Cinema, March 2008.
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