Carnival of Souls
VIDEODROOM 2022: Carnival of Souls - MIAUX
Born in Sarajevo but settled in Antwerp for quite some time now,MIAUX is the alter ego of Mia Prce. Armed with a Casio and devastating songwriting skills, she makes minimalist, melancholic music that’s steeped in mystery. For VIDEODROOM, she will provide the cult classic Carnival of Souls with a completely new score, which she will perform live. The original score’s church organs make way for Miaux’s analogue synthesiser.
A young church organist inexplicably emerges unscathed from a fatal car accident. Hoping to put her trauma behind her, she moves to Salt Lake City. Haunted by the past and estranged from the present, she is drawn to a dilapidated fairground pavilion. Carnival of Souls is the only feature film by American director Herk Harvey, who taught himself how to shoot a film by making hundreds of short films for companies and schools. He took three weeks off work to shoot his gloomy tale for just $30,000. Praised for his inventiveness, Harvey delivered a dreamy and haunting cinematic curiosum. As if Antonioni were stuk in The Twilight Zone. This independent cult classic had a direct influence on Night of the Living Dead and also inspired David Lynch and Christian Petzold, as proven by his unofficial remake Yella.
Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist
Herk Harvey, John Clifford
Bill de Jarnette, Dan Palmquist, Herbert L. Strock
United States of America