Welcome to Projected Figures

If you have come to Projected Figures expecting accountancy, you are in the right place. Accountancy is what film writers do: counting minutes, counting words, reducing all cinema’s abstract expressions to calibrations,  evaluations and calculated formulae on a simplified, and simplifying, worksheet. Critics, you see, operate a kind of reverse-alchemy, transforming vibrant sights and sounds into bland verbiage and, if you’re…

The Vourdalak

The Vourdalak (2023)

The Vourdalak had its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Adrien Beau’s The Vourdalak opens on a dark and stormy night, with the Marquis Jacques Antoine Saturnin d’Urfe (Kacey Mottet Klein) banging on a door and pleading to be let in. Attacked by bandits, his escort has been murdered, while he has been…

Sleep (Jam)

Sleep (Jam) (2003)

Sleep (Jam) had its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival Sleep (Jam) opens with snoring – a sound that signifies deep domestic dormancy, while also threatening to disrupt it. Soo-jin (Jung Yu-mi) awakens to find her husband Hyun-su (Lee Sun-kyun, in what would be his final film) not lying beside her in bed, but…

Yannick

Yannick (2023)

Yannick has its UK première, 2nd March at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 A cuckold is that foolish figure forced to stand by in humiliation and horror as a third party moves in on his established relationship. It is also the title of the comic play (Le Cocu) which is being performed on stage in…

Tummy Monster

Tummy Monster (2024)

Tummy Monster has its world première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Tattoos are forever – permanent reminders of history and identity. They may grow, date and fade with the owner, gradually losing their initial lustre and showing their age, but they endure, either as proud badges of lost youth, or embarrassing souvenirs of long…

Lousy Carter

Lousy Carter (2023)

Lousy Carter has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Writer/director Bob Byington’s latest feature Lousy Carter opens with its protagonist (David Krumholtz) explaining his unusual nickname to his Jungian analyst (Stephen Root). We never learn Lousy’s real forename, but ever since, back in high school (where he was a “brutal nerd”), he…

The G

The G (2023)

The G to have its UK première 29th February at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Things are headed to a bad place. We know this, because writer/director Karl R. Hearne’s The G opens in the middle of nowhere with someone being buried alive – already entirely effaced, but for the mouth, by a covering of…

The Deep Dark

The Deep Dark (Gueules noires) (2023)

The Deep Dark (Gueules noires) has its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. In 1856, in the prologue to Mathieu Turi’s The Deep Dark, a group of miners in Northern France breaks a hole through a tunnel wall, and discovers a big-clawed troglodyte before a gas explosion traps them down there.  Exactly a century later,…

Detained

Detained (2024)

Felipe Mucci’s Detained opens at the scene of a bloodbath. Lying on the floor and momentarily illuminated by the torch of investigating Agent Lerner (Bernardo De Paula), a still smouldering sign indicates that this darkened building is – or at least has once been – the Gaithersburg Police Department, but now it is just a…

Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth (Milchzähne) (2024)

Milk Teeth (Milchzähne) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 “She was just standing in our garden, as if by magic,” greying Edith (the aptly named Susanne Wolff) tells her young adult daughter Skalde (Mathilde Bundschuh) of the strange little girl Meisis (Viola Hinz) who has turned up unannounced at the beginning…

Cold

Cold (Kuldi) (2023)

Cold (Kuldi) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024   Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Cold (Kuldi) has, appropriately enough, a cold open. For as it begins, we see Lára (Álfrún Örnólfdóttir) head out in a dressing gown to the balcony of her high-rise apartment and, with a dazed look on her face, lean forwards,…