Watch: Denis Villeneuve's Mad Brilliant 2008 Short Film 'Next Floor'

May 27, 2015
Source: Vimeo

Next Floor Short Film

One filmmaker on the rise in a big way is Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec, Canada, who just premiered his latest film Sicario to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (here's our review). He's next set to direct the Blade Runner sequel/reboot/restart with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, not to mention Roger Deakins as cinematographer. His previous work is also impressive (and worth seeking out): Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. And if you want to go back even further, you can now watch his 2008 short film Next Floor that mocks the "endless symphony of abundance". It's a wicked commentary on excess that's powerful to watch.

Thanks to The Playlist for the tip on this short. Description from Vimeo: During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance. Next Floor (Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival 2008) is directed by Denis Villeneuve, based on an original idea by Phoebe Greenberg. Shown in over 200 festivals worldwide. Winner of nearly 60 international prizes. Released by Centre Phi | Phi Centre.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


Wafer thin miiiiint. Bit Terry Gilliam-ish

Carpola on May 27, 2015



ff on May 31, 2015


Very nice. Even that green filter effect was appreciated.

DAVIDPD on May 27, 2015


Based on the article's picture I first thought it was a screenshot of Matrix Reloaded of the Merowinger.

Etienne Martin on May 27, 2015


Saw this a while ago, love the concept!

Armitall on May 27, 2015


yep! he is the one who must do blade runner!

ari smulders on May 27, 2015


Shall watch the short later, but had to say Enemy was fantastic, I really should watch Prisoners too...

Michael Kingscott on May 28, 2015


He's next set to helm Story of Your Life, a Sci-Fi drama, in mid-June this summer with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. The Blade Runner sequel is scheduled for next summer.

Scott Irenaeus Watson on May 28, 2015


Great work.

Н.И. + on May 29, 2015


Meh, it was fine, def not 'mad brilliant'.

ff on May 31, 2015


I can't rave enough about Prisoners and Enemy.

ragethorn on Jun 19, 2015

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