Reviewed by: James Gracey

Scott Nyerges’ Autumnal is an amalgamation of strangely ominous atmospherics and a pulsating soundtrack that plays out over a myriad of startling visuals; including a lurid swirling mass of colour that echoes the opening credits of Roger Corman’s The Pit And The Pendulum.

Guaranteed to fuel the debate of what differentiates a short film from a visual installation, Nyerges’ film freely pushes the boundaries of experimentalism. Autumnal contains no narrative and exists purely as a mood-piece and as a feast for the eyes.

At times the writhing visuals resemble some sort of bizarre coral-like structure spewing out a constellation of spores. More than likely it could be oil swirling in water. Accompanied by an ethereal soundscape, courtesy of Mike Vernusky, the imagery is imbued with an otherworldly feel: an intimate exploration of the landscape of some far-flung, uninhabitable planet.

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2009
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Abstract short considers life in flux.
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Director: Scott Nyerges

Year: 2008

Runtime: 6 minutes

Country: US


EIFF 2009

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