The Capsule, a 35 minute film directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, has a storyline that reads as follows: Seven young women. A mansion perched on a Cycladic rock. A series of lessons on discipline, desire, discovery, and disappearance. A melancholy, inescapable cycle on the brink of womanhood — infinitely.
While I've only had the pleasure of being able to locate the trailer, the summary intrigues me and the visuals, not just in the trailer itself but also represented in film posters and fashion, have me reeling. Beauty in darkness and darkness in beauty. It's every aesthetic I have ever loved and though I am sure I will find it completely terrifying when I do finally see it, that's what I want from this film.
Its inception began with the commission to create a piece of art incorporating fashion. Athina was not interested in creating a fashion film in its traditional sense, nor in fashion itself in its traditional sense. A coat made of human hair. A dress that reacts to light via sensors. Fashion that acts as a sculpture as much as a garment. The genre of horror-fantasy gets quite a stunning treatment in this film.
(All images c/o The Capsule)