Selection 2019

Small Gauge Trauma 2019

147 mins 9 films Australia, USA, Estonia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, France
Wed July 24, 2019
9:35 PM

Salle J.A. De Sève

Fantasia’s annual showcase of cutting-edge international genre shorts returns with nine uncompromising visions of the fantastic from eight countries that will haunt your nightmares.

Australia’s Gemma Lee brings the startling BEDTIME (International Premiere), the story of a single mother trying to isolate the source of mysterious bruises appearing on her son’s body.

Netherlands filmmaker Nico van den Brink (SWEET TOOTH) returns to Fantasia with the occult nightmare THE BURDEN (World Premiere), a film so striking it’s already been licensed by James Wan and Sam Raimi for a major feature adaptation.

A man (PEAKY BLINDERS’ Paul Bullion) and his dog have an unexpected encounter in the woods in British filmmaker Chris Cronin’s white-knuckle frightening OSCAR’S BELL (Quebec Premiere), a paralyzing award-winner across the circuit.

From the USA, a self-described “hospice worker” who euthanizes the terminally ill with friends for uniquely personal reasons finds herself struggling with her choices in Leland Montgomery’s melancholic and beguiling BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM (Canadian Premiere).

A biohazard remediation expert who mostly cleans up after suicides and murders finds herself in an uncomfortable place when her new hire shows a little too much of a taste for the job in Ryan Oksenberg’s grotesquely unsettling TOGETHER (North American Premiere), his return to Fantasia following last year’s DAMAGE CONTROL.

Estonia brings the strange in Oskar Lehemaa’s outlandish body horror creation BAD HAIR (International Premiere), the story of a mid-30’s man who has an especially terrible evening after massaging an experimental hair growth solution into his scalp.

From Ireland, Ian Hunt Duffy’s atmospheric and disturbing LOW TIDE (North American Premiere) is a different stripe of coming-of-age tale, one that brims with salt water and transformative fear. Duffy has a project at Frontieres, and this film is a testament to his distinctive storytelling talents.

Belgium delivers Jasper Vrancken’s MUIL (Canadian Premiere), the kink-charged story of a male resting home nurse who submits to an all-consuming vore fetish with distinctly Barker-esque consequences. Winner of 10 awards (and counting!) on the international festival circuit.

Finally, France brings us Geordy Couturiau’s intimately haunting LUCIENNE EATS A CAR (Canadian Premiere) in which a young woman consumed with grief takes to devouring the car that her father appeared to love more than her. A compellingly vivid psychodrama that takes place somewhere between the anguished universes of Cronenberg and de Van. – Mitch Davis


Gemma Lee

A single mother struggles to look after her young son. When she finds bruises on his body, she becomes concerned that someone is hurting him and is forced to confront the evil presence that inhabits their ...

Australia 6 mins

Black Cat in a Dark Room

Leland Montgomery

After years of helping euthanize the terminally ill, a “hospice worker” begins to question the ethics of her job.

USA 15 mins


Ryan Oksenberg

A biohazard remediation cleaner finds the integrity of her business threatened after hiring a technician with an insatiable appetite for his work.

USA 19 mins

Bad Hair

Oskar Lehemaa

Insecure and balding Leo has closed himself in his apartment. A mysterious hair growth liquid arrives at his doorstep and Leo uses it to fix up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorpho...

Estonia 15 mins

Oscar's Bell

Chris Cronin

Duncan (Paul Bullion, Peaky Blinders) and his dog Oscar have gone on their weekly camping trip into the wilderness together. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back.

United Kingdom 12 mins

The Burden

Nico Van den Brink

A young woman visits her boyfriend’s family home and learns about a sinister history with his creepy neighbor. Soon, all kinds of skeletons come out of the closet.

Netherlands 17 mins


Jasper Vrancken

Richard (Matthieu Sys) works as a male nurse in a rest home. For the people around him, he tries to hide an unusual phantasy…or should we say fetish… Richard suffers from vorarephilia: he is sexually arous...

Belgium 20 mins

Low Tide

Ian Hunt Duffy

Ireland 14 mins

Lucienne eats a car

Geordy Couturiau

With time, Lucienne's father has sinked into silence. The one who has always preferred his car to his daughter is now overwhelming her by his absence. In hope of finding the love she has never felt, Lucien...

France 30 mins


Wed July 24, 2019
9:35 PM

Salle J.A. De Sève