PORTRAIT – Dedicated to the Gérardmer festival, the Norwegian director succeeds, with The Innocentsa supernatural fable featuring children with disturbing powers.
He is one of the emerging figures of Norwegian cinema. At 47, screenwriter and director Eskil Vogt not only co-wrote the excellent Julie in 12 chapters, directed by Joachim Trier and critically acclaimed at the last Cannes Film Festival, but his second film, The Innocents, has just won two prizes at the Gérardmer festival, that of the critics and that of the public.
Smiling, affable and thoughtful, this spindly forty-year-old with clear eyes is easy to relate to. His curiosity is great. We understand better why the man is able to sign a generational film on the torments of a thirties in love, as well as a horror film with a supernatural atmosphere featuring children with frightening powers.
When we qualify The Innocents genre film in the style of Village of the Damned of Carpenter, of Scanners of Cronenberg or even Fury by Brian De Palma, Eskil Vogt rears up a bit. “In reality, he corrects, the starting point of this film goes back to my desire…