“Pure Cinema. A bold, dazzling cinematic experiment.” – Film Threat
The Myth Comes to Life as Contemporary Folk Horror in this new and bold reimagining of the Greek myth Leda and the Swan.
Five years in the making, LEDA completed in 2022 as a multi-genre film that straddles MYTHOLOGY and FOLK HORROR with a technical excellence that is unique and cutting edge.
Shot in spectacular STEREO 3D, Leda is available to deliver in 3D as a Bluray 2D/3D unit, as well as a standard 2D DVD.
Winner: Audience Choice Award, Festival of Cinema, New York
Winner: Best Cinematography, Austin Arthouse Film Festival
Winner: Best Art/Experimental Feature, Another Hole in the Head Festival
Winner: Independent Music Awards
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces and impregnates Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. The subject owed its sixteenth-century popularity to the paradox that it was considered more acceptable to depict a woman in the act of copulation with a swan than with a man.
In this re-imagining of the tale into a contemporary Folk Horror re-telling, Leda lives alone in a family estate. Haunted by a divine presence and recurring memories, she begins to lose touch with reality and time. Her dream-like world spirals into a nightmare of madness as her belly begins to grow.
Director Samuel Tressler IV took on this ambitious production on numerous fronts. Not only is the film in black and white, but it is wordless with cinematography by Nick Midwig (Mars) that will be studied for years to come . The result is an Arthouse cross-over from Ancient Myth to Folk Horror/Thriller.
“Tressler’s film is a captivating fever dream that uses music, sound effects, and startling imagery to weave its magical spell.” – John Seal, Berkeleyside.
“There is something nearly museum quality about this film. Highly Recommended” – Jason Zimmerman, The Sound View
“A joy to behold. A beautiful, literate masterpiece that stands out on its own in a world where cinema has become so frustratingly repetitive.” – Musique Machine
The ensemble cast includes Adeline Thery (Are We Not Cats) as Leda / Mother, CC King (The Murder of Nicole Brown) as the Young Leda, Douglas Cathro (A House of Sparrows) as the Father and Nicolle Marquez (The Geometries of Desire) as the cousin as well as others.
2022 / 75 Minutes / English / Black and White / A Film by Samuel Tressler IV
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