The new short film His Hands will make its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this weekend. The psychosexual film, helmed by U.K. co-directors Arron Blake and Darius Shu, was made for a mere PS400 and landed a spot in the prestigious festival.
Through dark, haunting images with no dialogue, an older man (Philip Brisebois) beckons a young, strapping man (Arron Blake) over to his flat for a life-altering evening. Blake's menacing character engages in an intense ritual with the old man that includes donning stunning diamond earrings and black lipstick before the night turns even darker.
The sequence raises themes of ageism, attraction, and loneliness, while leaving the ultimate interpretation up to the viewer.
"We wanted to create a film that speaks to the audience through strong performances, unusual imagery, lighting and sound," Blake says. "We want viewers to question what they see, feel a myriad of emotions and work out what this piece means to them. We kept it silent so that it's open to everyone, and we're thrilled with the reaction it's had so far."