HOLE IN THE HEAD
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish
Somewhere between the elusive horror of Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) and the metafictional labyrinths of Charlie Kaufman, Hole in the Head presents the story of a man who lost his speech after his parents ran away for no apparent reason, leaving him alone in an isolated house in the countryside at the age of 7, now communicating with a Stephen Hawking-like app. He then decides to stage his childhood trauma with actors in a film directed by himself. In the filming, reality and fiction merge, the story's shots multiply. A narrative Russian doll, a taciturn psychological thriller with an equivocal retro feel.
Direction: Dean Kavanagh
Screenplay: Dean Kavanagh
Cinematography: Dean Kavanagh
Sound: Killian FitzGerald
Art Direction: Anja Mahler, Dean Kavanagh
Cast: John Curran, James Devereaux, Lynette Callaghan
Production: Anja Mahler
Production Company: DK Film Productions
Distributor: Dean Kavanagh
International Sales: Dean Kavanagh
Hole in the Head is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Supported by Culture Ireland and IFI International
Born in Ireland, in 1989. Dean Kavanagh was part of the international collective Experimental Film Society from 2008 to 2017. His filmmaking is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. He also founded the production company Easter Film Productions Ltd in 2012. In the last fourteen years, Kavanagh directed seventy short films and six experimental feature films that have been screened at festivals, museums, galleries and cultural institutions around the world, including the Berlin International Directors Lounge, the Spectacle Theather in New York, the Alchemy Film and Arts Festival in Scotland, the Fronteira International Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in Brazil, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, the ULTRAcinema Film Festival in Mexico and the Barbican Centre in London, among others. Hole in the Head is the director’s first narrative film.