France, United Kingdom | 2018 | fiction | 23 min. Short film competition

Historical cinema with a supernatural element. In 1915, in the trenches of World War I, a British unit is cut off from the rest of the army. A gas attack can start any time, but because of an error of a young private, Edwin, soldiers do not have gas masks. But Edwin has one unique ability. Every time he takes advantage of it, he loses a part of himself. Director Kelly Holmes utilises the clichés of the genre breaking them with magic elements to reflect upon sacrifice and humanity. The cast includes, among others, Jack Roth (known from the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the series “Brittania”) and Edward Hogg („Jupiter Ascending”, “Taboo”).

directed by

Kelly Holmes Festival guest

A writer and director from the United Kingdom who has had her films purchased and broadcast on national French television, has screened award-winning shorts internationally at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals and has just completed her 2nd French co-production. She has also attended schemes such as the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, has been mentored by Peter Strickland and James Kent, has shadowed Douglas MacKinnon on BBC’s Sherlock, and she is developing 2 feature films and her first TV drama with Blazing Griffin in Scotland.

Alan McLaughlin
Kelly Holmes
Lewis MacKinnon Festival guest, Jack Roth, Edward Hogg
Éric Pilavian
Lucas Roche
Charles Paviot (Arts Premiers), Anne Beresford (Artemesia Films)
Film screenings:
Wednesday, May 29 17:30 | Mikro + meeting with creators:
director Kelly Holmes
actor Lewis MacKinnon