First film - Production 2014

What happened that night?

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • First film, Science-fiction, Thriller
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 115 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alex ROTARU
    • Writer(s)
    • Alex ROTARU
    • Producer(s)
    • Alex ROTARU (Ifavor Entertainment, Inc), Eugen ROTARU (Ifavor Entertainment, Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • Longer than he can remember, ANDY has been guarding a hidden desert valley nested by billion year-old boulders covered by indecipherable petroglyphs, his sole companion a woman-like creature, MANTICE, who only comes to life when a fire burns in the rough-hewn stone circle concealed in the valley’s deepest recess.
      Andy is distressed when HANK and JERRI show up unexpectedly, especially when he remembers that 20 years ago he and his high school girlfriend Jerri camped out here with the most popular couple in school - Hank the football quarterback and Mantice the cheerleader. Mantice climbed up a rocky ledge to look at “the lights in the sky”, and disappeared. The lives of the remaining three were torn by the inconclusive police investigation; they left town and never saw each other again - until now.
      Andy tries to convince them to leave, but Hank has always dominated him physically, and Jerri emotionally, so Hank lights the fire and Mantice appears. Drunk, Hank thinks Andy’s idea - that the petroglyphs control and contain the solution to the dark mystery that has shaped their entire lives - is bullshit, so he pisses on the fire, putting it out. Mantice is immediately pulled into the darkness as the entire valley convulses with supernatural shaking and shrieking, racking their bodies with terrible pain…
      Andy jolts awake in a chair in the office of THE PSYCHOLOGIST*. He is undergoing regression hypnotherapy to determine whether the uncontrollable alternate reality he experiences as memories, nightmares, or intense visions - of his life being trapped in an endless night with Hank, Jerri and Mantice in the desert - are, in psychospeak, “memories, dreams, or reflections”, and what triggers them. Progress is slow-to-none, and Andy fears for his sanity as he slips in and out again…
      Andy relights the fire, but the Mantice who returns is NOT the one who left… and neither are Hank and Jerri’s memories of their lives after her disappearance. The foursome’s love interests cross back and forth, and their identities and personal histories switch and multiply in a ritualistic time loop from which there is no escape.
      The Psychologist wakes up Andy, revealing the “new Mantice” in his visions is just Andy’s soon-to-be ex-wife, and Jerri and Hank are simply facets of Andy’s own personality grafted on people he once knew. He offers a trivial explanation for his patient’s ordeal - “the stress of divorce” - offering to make him forget the whole thing by inserting a “screen memory” in his brain; but Andy begins suspecting his hypnotherapist has a hidden agenda after gleaning from his office records that he’s been his patient for much longer than he remembers, and that he seems to be the ONLY patient in his care.
      The time loop is materializing increasingly violent and bleak fates for the foursome. Their connection to their original self is increasingly tenuous, and they have to solve the puzzle before it’s too late and they lose themselves entirely. What’s the reason for their missing time? The lights they saw in the sky - were they a UFO? A Native American energy vortex? Accidental self-hypnosis? Inadvertent exposure to a military experiment in the High Desert? A drug-induced hallucination? An amateur alchemical quest gone wrong? Their only hope to escape is figuring out what happened that first night long ago, by resisting the push of the petroglyphs to continue enacting the ritual, and keeping under control their feelings for each other.
      Coming out of hypnosis, Andy is not sure what “reality” is, but is convinced the answer is locked inside his mind. He doesn’t trust the Psychologist anymore, so he takes on the ultimate high-stakes test, putting his life on the line to find out who he truly is, who’s really been pulling the strings inside his mind - and to grab his only shot at being FREE or die trying.
      * We're in preliminary negotiations with several Hollywood veteran stars to play the Psychologist.
    • Partners & financing
    • The film is financed in good part, is 75% shot and post-production has commenced: the trailer and further presentation materials will be available in Cannes. We're looking for completion funds, and we're in preliminary negotiations with several Hollywood veteran stars to play the Psychologist.
    • Production schedule
    • Aiming to have a festival/sales cut by the end of 2015 and to start the 2016 festival circuit.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2014
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