Séance

A Film by Johannes Franke

Synopsis

Mentalist Erik Svenson and his medium Henriette Brandt specialize in classic ghost summons for private and social occasions. Although Henriette seems to have been exhausted for weeks now, Erik drages her from one séance to the next, since their performances have turned out to be a lucrative business. On this evening their job leads them to Jochen Buchholz, who has inherited the house of his grandmother and wants to surprise some of his friends with a true ghost summon. They are skeptical, expect a harmless trick show off and a fun evening. Given the unsettling energies in the house, Henriette is increasingly insecure, whether the seance at this strange place is a good idea.

Director

  • Picture of Johannes Franke © Martin Hamann

    Johannes Franke

    Johannes Franke is a longtime film actor ("Counterpart", "SOKO", "Tatort", "The Mountain Medic", "Großstadtrevier", "Polizeiruf 110" and many more) and has learned to love the medium of film over the years, and not just in front of the camera. In his early 20s, he held his first camera in his hands and, as the digital cameras learned to shoot moving pictures, he became a self-taught cinematographer in the film industry. The desire to tell his own stories is now evident in his directorial work. In 2011, his first short film "EWE" was released. The film designs in a documentary way a dark and yet ironic dystopia of a world where violation of privacy is a civic duty. Séance is his second directorial work.

Awards + Festivals

  • *BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY*
    8th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)July 21, 2019
  • 8th WASTELAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Outside of California City, CA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2019
  • 4th APOCALYPSE LATER INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Phoenix, AZ, USA)October 12, 2019
  • 5th DRACULA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brasov, Romania)October 16, 2019
  • 8th DELHI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Delhi, India)October 20, 2019
  • 3rd SPOOKY EMPIRE'S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 31, 2019
  • *BEST LEADING ACTRESS* *BEST COSTUME DESIGN*
    2nd ROME INDEPENDENT PRISMA AWARDS (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)November 6, 2019
  • *BEST DRAMA*
    1st INDIEX FILM FEST (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)November 8, 2019
  • *BEST HORROR* &*BEST COSTUME DESIGN*
    1st HOLLYWOOD BLOOD HORROR FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)November 9, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • 3rd CHAMBAL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chambal, India)January 18, 2020
  • FICMARC - CARIBBEAN SEA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 28, 2020
  • 2nd DIORAMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Delhi, India)February 5, 2020
  • 5th MEDELLÍN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FESTMEDALLO (Official Selection, Medellín, Colombia)February 13, 2020
  • 12th FILMTAGE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (Out of Competition, Friedrichshafen, Germany)February 14, 2020
  • *BRONZE AWARD - BEST HORROR SHORT*
    QUEEN PALM INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)February 20, 2020
  • 6th FINDECOIN - INDEPENDENT INT'L SHORT & FEATURE (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 24, 2020
  • 21st NEVERMORE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Durham, USA)February 28, 2020
  • 5th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 6, 2020
  • 4th MIDWEST WEIRDFEST (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)March 6, 2020
  • *BEST HORROR FILM*
    6th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nottingham, UK)March 25, 2020
  • INTERCONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 29, 2020
  • 20th INDEPENDENT DAYS - INT'L FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)April 1, 2020
  • 14th SORSICORTI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, PA, Italy)June 11, 2020
  • 5th LIFF - LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)June 22, 2020
  • 5th SOMETHING WICKED FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forest Park, GA, USA)August 7, 2020
  • 8th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)September 24, 2020

Trailer

Crew

Director
Johannes Franke
Screenplay
Johannes Franke, Yupp Regeler
Producer
Johannes Franke, Yupp Regeler, Steffen F. Kaminski
Director of Photography
Mikael Brain
Art Direction
Faja Bierfilz
Costume Design
Maja Makowski
Sound
Marvin Best
Editor
Johannes Franke
Sound Design
Nikolas Mühe
Music
Wenzel Krah

Cast

Henriette Brandt
Maja Makowski
Erik Svenson
Yupp Regeler
Jochen Buchholz
Martin Langenbeck
Jutta
Joanna Castelli
Beate
Britta Steffenhagen
Frank
Christian Harting
Günter
Axel Deller
Frank
Christian Harting
Günter
Axel Deller

Details

Running Time
25:51 min
Shooting Format
Digital 4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo, 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Johannes Franke

+49 175 7115747
info.johannesfranke@gmail.com
www.gone-astray-films.de