“Strigoi challenges and stretches audience expectation of the bloodsucker with an ambitiously adult story… Oh, and it is darkly funny too.”– Twitch
When the villagers killed Constantin Tirescu, they thought it was justice. Vlad Cozma thinks it was murder. Now Constantin thinks pickles might go nice with blood.
In Podoleni Village everyone knows everyone. Mara Tomsa is the next door neighbour who always has cake. Constantin Tirescu is the rich landowner and ex-Communist bully. Nicolae Cozma is a WWII vet who thinks the gypsies stole his cigarettes. Then there is Vlad, his twenty something grandson, just back from school in Italy with his tail between his legs. When Nicolae’s dog goes missing, Vlad’s search leads him to a mysterious death that raises questions about land ownership in the community. The trail points to the Tirescus, but when he confronts them Vlad finds that the richest landowners in the village have literally become bloodsuckers.
Strigoi is a Vampire movie that defies categorization. Shedding a fantastic light on a post-communist Romanian village, the film introduces us to an ancient myth: Strigoi, the belief that a person can rise again after death to seek justice if they’ve been wronged, their appetites intensified by their hunger for blood. A deeply human take on an old horror story, the film explores the old world versus the new and delves into the heart of modern Romania.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: FAYE JACKSON Scottish writer/director Faye Jackson’s horror short LUMP played internationally from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. It was
featured in New York magazine as one of the top 5 shorts of the 44th New York Film Festival, where it screened on the
closing night, twinned with PAN’S LABYRINTH.
Egyptian Theatre: Thursday, September 24th at 9:15pm
Egyptian Theatre: Saturday, September 26th at 12:00pm