Dead & Beautiful

  • 98'
  • Netherlands
  • 2021

Quite a contemporary look, those black face masks worn by the five twenty-somethings out hunting among the Taipei nightlife. But what they actually hide are their Dracula fangs. One of David Verbeek’s most ambitious productions, Dead & Beautiful was already in the pipeline when he presented How to Describe a Cloud at Rotterdam in 2013. Both films have a role for the spiritual, which in this vampire drama contrasts sharply with the vacuous world of Lulu and her friends, who fill the inner void with extravagant experiences. With unforeseen consequences.

After a weird night, five bored, super-rich friends find out they are vampires. Panic! Is this really what they have become? Can they still trust one another? Each and every one goes to extreme lengths to find out. This take on the vampire genre plays generously with societal tension and expectations at a meta level. The opulent but eerie locations and impressive cityscapes are mesmerising, yet function as a backdrop for themes such as violence, isolation and innocence.

Director
David Verbeek
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Netherlands, Taiwan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Mandarin
Producers
Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit
Production Companies
Lemming Film, House on Fire International
Sales
Indie Sales
Screenplay
David Verbeek
Cinematography
Jasper Wolf
Editor
Axel Skovdal Roelofs
Production Design
Elsje de Bruijn
Sound Design
Quincy Vlijtig
Cast
Gijs Blom, Aviis Zhong, Yen Tsao, Anechka Marchenko, Cheng-En Philip Juan
Local Distributor
Periscoop Film
Website
http://davidverbeek.com/