Patriot Films’ Aadil Dhalech has crafted a head-spinning hypnotic short film soundtracked by three different tracks from musician Th&o.’s debut album ‘Ebusuku’.
More info about Aadil Dhalech’s short film
Conceptualised and written by Aadil, ‘Ebusuku’ is a trippy film that’s part music video part sake-infused fever dream. Perfectly paired with Th&o.’s seductive electronic beats, Aadil created a parallel universe that fuses African and Japanese styles with elements of film noir. ‘Ebusuku’ (a Zulu word, which translates to at night) takes the viewer on a bold visual journey that follows an Afro-Ronin, a sort of freelance African samurai warrior, on the run. His journey is interrupted by a sake bar inexplicably situated in the middle of nowhere. It is here that the film takes a bizarre turn as he gets trapped in a temporal loop where he encounters a mysterious temptress.
While Aadil is equally at home creating characters that will stay with you long after you first meet them on screen, ‘Ebusuku’ showcases his strength at crafting strong beautiful visuals.
More info about Th&o
Joburg based Th&o. (pronounced Thando) is a record producer, musician, songwriter, and recording artist. His debut album ‘Ebusuku’ showcases his unique Afrotronic style, a combination of electronic funk music fused with afrobeat and synth-pop. The short film incorporates three different tracks from the album; ‘Body Like a Gun’, ‘Prosecco’ and ‘Ghosting’. You can download / listen to the album HERE.
One of the greatest challenges the team faced during production, apart from pulling it off with next to no money, was successfully creating the feeling of a none space, or isolation, in the film. This was nearly impossible as the shooting location was surrounded by lights from towns and farms nearby.
‘VFX and Finishing Artist, Blake Prinsloo, ended up painting every single light out. 63 shots I think, 3 hours each. Sorry Blake.’ according to Aadil Dhalech. Find out more about Aadil & Patriot Films HERE.
You can watch the short film / music video HERE.
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