Ghost Ship

Koldo Almandoz

Threading together anecdotes about Florence Balcombe (the wife of Bram Stoker), Oscar Wilde and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Koldo also tarries for an intriguingly long time with unsuspecting tourists on a contemporary cruiseship. After all, Nosferatu arrived as a stowaway too.

This experimental essay reminds us that all copies of the vampire classic Nosferatu (1922) should have been destroyed because of a legal difference of opinion about copyright. Even more suggestive than the literary and film-historic anecdotes are the broader associations that emerge. Almandoz takes us on a journey through time with shipping as recurrent motif. From fashionable cruise tourism back to the underworld and its mythological rivers, documentary observations are juxtaposed with naive figure theatre or abstract digital animations. The end of the film is situated around and in the tomb of F.W. Murnau, which was desecrated in July 2015. Since then, all traces of Murnau’s skull have disappeared.


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Filmmaker
Koldo Almandoz
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Spain
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
65
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Marián Fernández
Production Company
Txintxua Films
Sales
Txintxua Films
Writer
Koldo Almandoz
Cinematography
Koldo Almandoz