Launched at the Cannes Film Market earlier this year, Faust 2.0 is a Swedish anthology film about the horror of…. mobile apps!
Directed by young film makers – Robert Selin, Johannes Pinter, Nicolas Debot, Alan Gustafsson, Micke Von Engström – the five episode anthology examines the potential horrors of apps (software) on mobile devices and those EULAs you never read. But what exactly are in the licences we accept? In Faust 2.0 five individuals unknowingly enters into a pact with unknown forces with the result that their lives are brought to a brutal turn when they use the mystical applications to achieve what they want – but instead get what they deserve. As the applications spread, the pieces fall into place and a digital pandemic takes shape.
-It’s a modern interpretation of the story of Faust, where someone sells his sould to the devil for something he or she wants, says Robert Selin, one of the directors, to FilmCafé. His segment, Bad News, is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. Johannes Pinter, director of Inspirapption explains that they mixed modern technology with ancient evil: -Well known devil pact myths wrapped in popular smartphone shells, literally. Pinter’s episode is about an author who seeks to get his inspiration back, no matter the cost.
This modern take on selling yourself to the devil is acted out by Frida Liljevall, Thomas Hedengran, Katarina Bothén, Per Burell, Chrissy Pavlov, Peter Stridsberg, Mattias Redbo, Ida Linnertorp, Mariah Kanninen, Ola Björkman, Anders Hasselroth, Anders Fager, Joachim Staaf, and Per Ragnar.
- In a nutshell, Faust 2.0 is a rewarding showcase of low-key horror, from a bunch of lads who obviously know what they are doing […] There’s something for everyone here, you get intrigue, jump scares, ghosts, drills to the head, explosions, vampires, demons, serial killers and a few occasions of nudity if you’re seeking that too / Cinezilla
- In spite of the budget sometimes working against the five directors, they created good entertainment, with some stories even suitable for a feature film / Situation Stockholm
- Many things go wrong in this film […] The meager script is rather predictable and the film gives a cheap impression […] The film leaves you untouched / FilmEye
- The hope for a really good, Swedish horror film lives on. But this disappointment could have used a higher budget, better stories and some self irony in order to get closer to other horror anthologies […] A movie using smartphones so much should have been smarter / MovieZine
- …an interesting experiment with a very good concept / TellusFilm
The 79-minute movie had its international premiere for the film market in Cannes in May, and a Swedish limited theatrical premiere on September 27 at the Fantastic Film Festival in Lund. The film saw a general release on disc and online on December 3rd and can now be bought in Swedish video shops.