Supernatural film marks Canadian premiere

Vancity Theatre will host the Canadian premiere of a new made-in-B.C. film with a Richmond connection.

Local resident Matthew Cervi produced the film, Cruel & Unusual, a “supernatural puzzle film” that revolves around a man wrongfully condemned for killing his wife. The man arrives in a bizarre version of hell where he is forced to relive her death for eternity. After it becomes clear that his truth is not the only one, he commits to a risk-filled plan to set things right.

The film, nominated for four Leo Awards, is the work of director and writer Merlin Dervisevic. Screenings are from May 24 to June 7 at Vancity Theatre.

Another film in which a Richmond resident has a hand, Stress Position, is also showing at Vancity Theatre around the same time. Jessica Cheung serves as co-producer in this genre-bending work about two close friends who make a bet to see which of them can withstand a week of psychological torture at the hands of the other. Stress Position screens from May 23 to June 6.

Vancity Theatre is at 1181 Seymour St. in Vancouver. Call 604-683-3456.

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