We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy.
I have always been thankful that I’ve never worked as a front desk clerk in a hotel. Guests come in stressed out from travel or work, they are demanding, and who knows what awful things they may be doing in their room? The Italian short EUDAIMONIA understands the weirdness and boredom that a hotel clerk would deal with on the overnight shift and exploits that unusual working condition for paranoid, funny, and flat out strange results.
Shot like a cinematography student wanted to create Dario Argento’s dream hotel, this short from writer Stefano Dallan and director Giacomo De Bello is stylish and a real pleasure to watch, even if the story lags in places. But the story does not really matter here as everything is about the stylish lighting and building a mood of dread that is briefly relieved with some well-placed comedic bits before a conclusion that is simultaneously happy and horrifying.
Note: I could not find much info on EUDAIMONIA, but it appears to be part of an upcoming anthology film that has been shared online to build buzz. Count me as one of the intrigued.
–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)