Thessalus & Medea

A Film by Jan Hendrik Verstraten

Synopsis

Thessalus travels to his mother the oracle Medea’s hide-out to kill her, only to discover his vitriol is misplaced.
Medea is best known as the mother in Euripedes’ play who killed her own children in order to avenge her husband Jason’s unfaithfulness. It was quite common in Ancient Greece that stories would know multiple versions, and it’s no surprise that there are many different accounts as to what truly happened to Jason & Medea’s children. One version tells us that Thessalus was their son and the twin of Alcimenes, who escaped being murdered by his mother. This idea is the inspiration behind Thessalus & Medea.
The story begins with two warriors entering Medea’s hideout (a labyrinth). One of them is Thessalus.
Medea, an oracle and exiled queen, defiant and regal, will have to face her son who has come to kill her. Medea appears cold and yet still shows compassion for her only living child. When facing each other, Thessalus challenges her about what truly happened in the past, with unexpected consequences.


Director

  • Picture of Jan Hendrik Verstraten © Jan Hendrik Verstraten

    Jan Hendrik Verstraten

    Jan's passion for independent film started in New York when he studied at the New School. He loved the 16 mm art of filmmaking and was lucky enough to sell his first short to the PBS channel in New York, Channel Thirteen.

    After being involved in several creative businesses around the world, Jan returned to film when he moved to London.

    It was in London he initially focused on screenwriting. He has won numerous awards and learned to respect the craft and the challenge of telling a good story. With his short film I Am Henry, which picked up 13 awards at festivals worldwide, he returned to film. Patrick Smith - Film Critic, The Telegraph called it "A terrific short starring the talented Fleur Keith."
    Thessalus & Medea is his second short, and he is currently preparing for his first feature 'Flood'.

Awards + Festivals

  • *AWARD OF EXCELLENCE*
    7th KOLKATA SHORTS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 22, 2018
  • CONCEPCION INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Concepcíon, Chile)August 7, 2018
  • 3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)August 23, 2018
  • *WINNER BEST ACTRESS & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY* *NOMINEE BEST SHORT & BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK*
    ONIROS FILM AWARDS 2018 (Official Selection, Aosta, Italy)August 24, 2018
  • 1st NIGHT OF THE SHORT FILM (Official Selection, Antwerpen, Belgium)August 24, 2018
  • NIGHT OF THE SHORT FILM (Official Selection, Antwerpen, Belgium)August 25, 2018
  • *BEST INT’L SHORT* * BEST ACTRESS*
    22nd TERRA DI SIENNA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)September 28, 2018
  • 3rd EAST COAST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincolnshire, UK)October 6, 2018
  • *BEST PRODUCER* *NOMINEE BEST DIRECTOR* *BEST SHORT DRAMA* *BEST ACTOR*
    QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)October 8, 2018
  • 7th SOUTHHAMPTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Southhampton, UK)October 17, 2018
  • *BEST SCREENPLAY*
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • 17th GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Jersey, NY, USA)March 28, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Screenplay
Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Producer
Massimo Barbato, Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Director of Photography
Simon Rowling
Art Direction
Belle Mundi
Costume Design
Kirsten Ernst-Brown
Sound
Chen Wissotzky
Editor
Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Sound Design
Chen Wissotzky
Music
Chen Wissotzky

Details

Running Time
23:48
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Sound
Stereo 2

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Jan Hendrik Verstraten

1A, 82 Worcester Road
SM2 6QQ London
United Kingdom
jhverstraten@me.com
flyingdutchmanfilmsuk@gmail.com
www.flyingdutchmanfilms.org
www.facebook.com/flyingdutchmanfilms