As In Heaven, So On Earth (2021)

Split across three different points in time, director Erba’s feature debut mixes gothic mystery with police procedural, using live-action and puppetry for a unique aesthetic. In 1275 a young girl is imprisoned in the dungeons of an abbey, where an alchemist uses her for strange experiments and a young literary assistant tries to free her. In 2011 two teenagers go missing in the woods while a young woman appears from nowhere, leading to investigations in the modern day as a police officer – fearful for his life – leaves video testimony relating to something he’s uncovered.

My Frightfest review of As In Heaven, So On Earth is available to read at Moving Pictures Film Club. Check it out.