Title: Behind the Mirror
Director: Minos Papas
Starring: Matt Hopkins, Daniela Mastropietro, Nando Del Castillo, Flint Beverage, Demosthenes Chrysan, JP Serret, Vanessa Kai.
Minos Papas is an award winning filmmaker, writer, producer, director and cinematographer based in New York City. Papas runs an indie production company – Cyprian Films – that offers a variety of film production services. Prior to becoming a film director, he established himself as a cinematographer…and it shows!
So far his previous shorts, features, narratives and documentaries have defined him as someone capable of evoking David Lynch and Dante’s Inferno. This trait is evident in his latest feature film ‘Behind the Mirror,’ since the exploration of the metaphysical becomes a more profound and intimate journey of a troubled individual.
Xavier (Matt Hopkins) is a traumatised writer who has recently moved to the town of New Rome with his wife, Sandra (Daniela Mastropietro), and their two children, for a new start in life. When the locals begin to harass him over his objections to the construction development on the riverbank, Xavier lashes out. The situation becomes aggravated when he meets James (Nando Del Castillo), a stranger who lures him into a series of shamanic sessions involving hallucinogens, which force him to confront his demons. In the process a shadow-self is born, whose influence Xavier has a hard time controlling. As the pressure from his surroundings mounts, Xavier spirals out of control, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the people around him.
Just like in John Ford’s ‘The battle of Midway’ the story begins following a genre and along the way the narrative abruptly changes style. This indie flick will draw you in a thrilling and eerie crescendo of expressionistic haunting figments, that are habitually achieved by high budget movies.
Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi