Inspired by a Jewish legend (the dybbuk), the terrifying Demon tells the story of a man who visits his future wife’s hometown. As a wedding gift, they receive a piece of land so they can build their own house, but they are not aware that human remains rest beneath the foundations of their new property.
As we saw in the last and finest episode of Wild Tales, weddings can be haunted by different demons –and in this ominous film, it happens in a quite literal way. A wedding celebration in the countryside, the bride and groom, the family, the guests, drunkenness, sex, food, euphoric shouting, and the circle starts all over again –and an atavistic threat of danger and fear emerges. Marcin Wrona sets out his last film as the depiction of an unfathomable siege that is yet concrete, dangerous, and progressively distressing. Horror and possession stand as a possibility, then as a probability, and then as an actual presence. The fact that Wrona delivered this suggestive, unfriendly story that is almost aggressively evil, without using much artifice or low blows, speaks of a filmmaker who had a lot to contribute to cinema. JPF
D, P: Marcin Wrona G: Marcin Wrona, Pawel Maslona F: Pawel Flis E: Piotr Kmiecik DA: Anna Wunderlich S: Tomasz Sikora M: Krzysztof Penderecki, Marcin Macuk CP: Magnet Man Film, Transfax Film Productions I: Itay Tiran, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Agnieszka Żulewska
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He was born in Tarnów, Poland, in 1973 and died in 2015. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University and the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He directed My Flesh, My Blood (2009) and The Christening (2010). He died in 2015.