San Sebastian New Director Grigory Kolomytsev Talks ‘Chupacabra’

San Sebastian New Director Grigory Kolomytsev Talks ‘Chupacabra’
A singular entry in San Sebastian’s prestige New Directors section this year, Grigory Kolomytsev’s “Chupacabra” was put through its Ikusmira Berriak residency program in 2019.

“Spikes protruding from its sides, a dog-like snout, a massive jaw and large fangs, a species unknown to modern science, a bloodthirsty beast that hypnotizes its victims, bites into their necks and sucks their blood,” so runs a lurid news report, which fascinates the film’s nine-year-old protagonist Andrey, on an alleged monster, Chupacabra, which has attacked local poultry.

Beach combing for bottles beside the sea, Andrey is befriended by a stray dog, whom he takes for Chupacabra, and imagines when it is shot by local farmers that he, Andrey, may be the reincarnation of the mythical beast.

Set beside the Black Sea, whose barrage of waves and wind are caught in the soundtrack, Kolomytsev’s debut unspools a vivid portrait of the emotional confusion of childhood.
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