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Written by Richard Taylor   
Saturday, 07 May 2016

A.K.A.: Ana

Directed by: Frédérick Maheux
Written by: Frédérick Maheux
Produced by: Frédérick Maheux
Cinematography by: Luc Desjardins
Editing by: Frédérick Maheux
Special Effects by: Rémy Couture
Music by: Frederic Arbour, Riccardo Lucchesi, Pierre-Marc Tremblay
Cast: Ariane Saint-Amour, Francis Ouellette, Jean-Sébastien Truchy, Yann Lapalme, Jean-François Lacoursière, Clara Brunet-Turcotte, Mathilde Gesseaume-Rioux
Year: 2015
Country: Canada
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 5min

Studio: Lamashtu
Official Website: ANA

Montreal, Quebec, Canada has given birth to a defective beast. A beast so ugly and scathing that its beauty is unquestionable. Experimental nihilistic harmony is what ANA boasts throughout. A digital bliss of brain melting aesthetic pleasure for your eyes. The glitches melt like cultured butter on toast into your mind and encompasses it fully. The spectrum and aural filmscape is one to be embraced and fully appreciated. Sit back and release your mind. The aura is burning bright. Wrap your arms around it and let it penetrate you, aggressive but still passive.

Director Frédérick Maheux whom I came in contact with for his previous documentary Art/Crime gives us his experimental vision. As these quotes from the ANA site state: “ANA is: a. An investigation of a cyber sect linked to the disappearance of several women online. b. A mood board of the anesthetization of self-destruction. c. A cyberoccult thriller noise horror experience.Marian Dora, acclaimed director of Cannibal, Melancholie Der Engel, Voyage to Agatis and Carcinoma was quoted as saying ANA is “the best experimental film I have ever seen.

Enlisting the help of Canadian horror icons Rémy Couture (Inner Depravity 1 and 2, Art/Crime) on effects and help on camera by Éric Falardeau (Thanatomorphose, Purgatory), ANA has some aces up its sleeves. ANA was filmed in a historic building called La Brique in Montreal, Quebec -- a location well known by artists alike in the city.  ANA breaks that traditional mold of movies; the soundtrack is this Godflesh, Bright Death Now noise score by Frederic Arbour, Riccardo Lucchesi, Pierre-Marc Tremblay, with additional music by The Three Winters-Hazard which fits the style of the movie perfectly to bring forth its surreal industrial art vision. The movie is broken up into different acts so we get a bunch of different performances, which range from extreme art regurgitation, to feeder mice being sacrificed and smeared on a naked body. I will never look at an apple the same way again as it is used in one of the segments in ANA. One of my favorites has a masked performer wheeling out what looks like a clothes rack covered in chicken wire. The chicken wire is wrapped across the rack and intertwined in the wire are different knives which are used in an abundance of self-mutilation.

I love this type of dangerous filmmaking -- it provokes great emotion and confusion in many people. ANA is an experience. There is no spoken dialogue except an occasional narration at the beginning. ANA is a feast for the eyes, a sensory overload of emotions, exploding sex, flesh, blood and sickness. All praise Maheux for creating this bold and extreme piece of dark art. Visit the official website (here) www.anamadim.com and order yourself a copy now.

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