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I Killed You a Dozen Times, a short film by Kris De Meester

Traumatised after a breakup you want to erase the other person.

But whatever you do, the pain won’t go away. Out in the cold, on a strange new globe.

Review by Shane McKevitt:

I Killed You a Dozen Times utilizes its title as a refrain, spoken by the narrator, as they bemoan a fruitless relationship. The film plays with the audience’s senses, both audibly and visually, keeping them constantly on edge. The camera voyeuristically passes over partially clothed women, lying motionless on the floor. The women, exposed and fragile, are a visualization of the emotional toll endured by the narrator.

Moreover, the soundtrack emits a constant whirr, creating a palpable tension that’s never broken. Again, this mirrors the narrator’s perpetual, unanswered inquiry into why. All in all, the film exhibits an equal parts disturbing and eye-opening look at the post-breakup healing process. The combination of violent imagery, poignant narration, and acute sound design construct a unique, tangible representation of one’s incorporeal inner struggle.

Review by Jane Ching:

"I Killed You a Dozen Times expertly uses the power of visual language and sound to communicate complex emotions and experiences. Through its striking imagery and sound design, together with the emotive poetry recited by the narrator, the film masterfully portrays the agony and emotional struggles stem from toxic relationships, a subject that is often challenging to express in words. The film's ability to vividly visualize and depict such complex emotions is a testament to its remarkable use of audio-visual storytelling."

Written, cinematography, edited and directed by Kris De Meester

Staged by Izah Hankammer

Assisted by Miss C 

Art work by Terrorista 

AI voice by Natural Reader

Music by Joo Woon Park

Produced by Kris De Meester, Maarten Cornelis, Raj Kosaraju, Sean Talo, Oriana Szwarc, Cherise Silvestri.

6 minutes 21 seconds - English spoken.

This film is available in a non-subtitled or subtitled (English, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish) version

Film Festivals: 58th Dimitria Arts Festival/Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Moving Body Festival (Varna, Bulgaria), Alternating Currents at Figge Art Museum (Davenport, USA), 'Best Experimental Film' at Dreamachine International Film Festival (North-Hollywood, USA), Lisbon Film Rendezvous International Showcase (Portugal), Fresh Streams (Tbilisi, Georgia), Sittannavasal International Film Festival (India), 13th Pune Short Film Festival (India).

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