Written and Directed by Davide Melini
Starring Pedro Sanchez, Michael Segal, Tania Mercader
Running time 12 minutes
Great horror has a way of blurring the lines between reality and fiction. It pokes at unspoken truths outside of the societal norm, or at least we like to believe most of them are outside of the norm. It lives with you long after the credits have rolled, and creates conversations that otherwise would, by most, be left unsaid. So it is no wonder that Melini film Lion is winning the accolades of fans both stateside and internationally.
Lion, written and directed by Italian filmmaker Davide Melini, is a strong example of this type of great horror. A story that lives not only on screen, but in the house down the street. It is precise, uncomfortable, and unyielding. Melini skillfully takes on a modern-day scenario that is less unique than we like to admit, and forces you to confront it head on. Lion is vile in the horror endured but redemptive in conclusion, leaving the viewer satisfied to the bloody end. The film stars Pedro Sanchez, Michael Segal, and Tania Mercader and tells the tale of what happens when one child's prayer becomes his family's worst nightmare.
Lion, coming off some big wins at Morningstar Cine Fest of New York, where it received numerous awards, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director (just to name a few) as well as the accolades of fans. It comes as no surprise to me after viewing the film why this one is finding a vast appeal with fans both here in the states and internationally. Davide has woven a tale fraught with emotion, that invests you the viewer quickly and completely. He pushes a conversation many don’t want to have and completes that piece with a learning moment for the audience, something of which I am personally a fan. I believe horror has power well beyond that of just creating fear, it has the power to teach, and I am grateful for Melinis' unique voice and his choice to use it!
Lion will be touring the festival circuit both stateside and internationally, keep a watch out for this one folks. It is a film that will stay with you long after the it ends!