The 2014 Etheria Film Night has announced the North American Premiere of writer-director Axelle Carolyn’s feature film Soulmate at the Egyptian Theatre on July 12th.
Etheria Film Night is dedicated to showcasing the best new genre films directed by women and screens only one feature-length film each year. In 2014, that film is supernatural thriller Soulmate. The premiere will be followed by a red carpet cocktail reception and the official Etheria Film Night short film competition lineup (to be announced in May 2014).
Recently widowed Audrey moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she's renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…Audrey (played by Anna Walton, who also appeared in Carolyn’s short film The Halloween Kid) is a suicidal woman mourning the recent death of her husband.
Isolating herself in an old country cottage away from friends and family, she soon develops a relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom) haunting the property. What follows is an atypical genre film in which love is not the ultimate cure-all.
“I've always been obsessed with that idea of finding comfort in the supernatural,” Axelle Carolyn explains, “because if there are ghosts, there's an afterlife, and the people you've lost are not gone forever. So the story was born from that idea – something anybody who's ever lost someone can relate to. The locations, the atmosphere are very much inspired by those Gothic classics, but at the heart of it is a very human story, very real and contemporary.”
“Soulmate treads a fragile line between drama, horror, and Gothic romance,” says Etheria Film Night programmer and co-founder Heidi Honeycutt, “It is reminiscent of traditional classic Gothic thrillers in the vein of Jane Eyre, The Innocents, and Gaslight. Carolyn’s first short film The Last Post has a similar theme in which the afterlife intrudes into the natural realm.”
Soulmate is written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, produced by Claire Otway, and features Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers and Nick Brimble.