’Dead Fish’ is a surreal social drama that spirals into fable-like nightmare. It is set in an ancient cabin overshadowed by rusty autumnal forests and bordered by a brooding lake.
Scary, odd and occasionally erotic, ’Dead Fish’ is a story about a group of friends coming to terms with new internal dynamics; and about unrestrained female desire clashing against social expectations.
Dead Fish (Fin: Kuollut Kala) is a Finnish* atmospheric horror short. The characters are a group of childhood friends spending at a vacation cottage whose relations are strained by a social faux pas: Elias, who used to date Roosa, is now dating Mariaana. As the heartbroken Roosa and protective Ida attempt to restrain their barely contained hurt and disapproval, Mariaana remains stubbornly unapologetic and Elias oblivious. In the course of their time at the cottage Elias goes missing, Mariaana begins to exhibit odd behavior, dreams and reality blur, and Ida and Roosa stumble into a beautiful nightmare.
*Though our crew is international, the language spoken in the film is Finnish. Why? Because Finnish is a strange and beautiful language, one of that influenced Tolkien’s Quenyan Elvish and which he described as "bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before". We want to stay true to the location of the film and its inspirations, which include local folklore. We are confident that for international audiences the strange language will enhance the unsettling experience. Genre films also tend to translate well overseas. :)