French filmmaker Pascal Chind is a madman. Let’s just get that out of the way.
Need proof? Here is the synopsis for his new short film, Extreme Pinocchio :
Patrick, a dwarf junkie (and father-to-be) wants to clean up his act. But his dealers (the Cat and the Fox) have something else in mind: Patrick has to dress up as Pinocchio to steal money from a pedaphilic, schizophrenic, psychopath who thinks he’s Geppetto…
The film is a berserk and stylish re-interpretation of the classic story, told in an undeniably endearing way. The look of the film is unique with its oddball diesel-punk aesthetic, something Chind used to great effect in his previous film Short Cut, which has gone on to become one of the most broadcast shorts on French television.
You can see his debut film below:
About Extreme Pinocchio, the director says :
Fairy-tales are often violent, and for me Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio is one of the most brutal. There have been several film adaptions of the story (the most famous being Disney’s 1940s cartoon, of course), but I wanted to create my own, modern version, and play on the fears of today’s society.
My Extreme Pinocchio is deliberately politically incorrect. It takes the story out of its original context, and drops it smack bang into the unsavoury suburban slums of a faceless, modern city, where Gepetto is a pervert, Jiminy is a 10cm-tall rapper and the Blue Fairy is a transvestite. Patrick becomes a real-life ‘puppet’ when he agrees to steal money for his dealers and thus condemn himself to a lifetime of physical enslavement at the hands of Gepetto.
The themes of childhood and fatherhood run through the original book. I’ve made this the starting point for my film’s dark comedy: In Extreme Pinocchio’s upside-down world, loving, fatherly Gepetto is a psychopathic ogre of questionable repute, who lives in a world of toys and thinks that Pinocchio (because he is small) is a child.
And Patrick/Pinocchio (a little adult man) is about to become a father yet gets mistaken for a boy.The characters in my film live in a modern society, peppered with the relics of days gone by. I love mixing eras, fashions and technology to create new worlds that both surprise audiences and give them enough material to identify with. I like entertaining people by unsettling them and plunging them into dark, comical, retro-futuristic atmospheres.
This is what I hope to do with Extreme Pinocchio.
Extreme Pinocchio is currently touring the film festivals, and will be showing at the Diabolique Festival in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, September 20th.
For more info about the Diabolique International Film Festival, see here.
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Check out the trailer for the film below.