Featuring no dialog outside of a cryptic physical language that both parties seem to comprehend on some level but which eludes any firm translation, His Hands exists to be pondered more than understood.
Every once in a while, a truly unusual and striking film stops you in your tracks – when it’s a silent film that runs just about as long as your tea break but packs a considerable punch, you know you’re really onto something.
Cranking the atmosphere to eleven, short filmmakers Arron Blake and Darius Shu treat audiences to a smorgasbord of tension and drama with no dialogue to act as relief. The result is a compelling and piercing mystery-thriller.
Darius Shu and Arron Blake co-wrote, directed and produced the Tribeca nominated short film His Hands and Assistant Editor Sienna got the chance to interview the team live on Instagram. Darius and Arron share advice for artists creating work on a limited budget as well as speaking to the reception their film has received in the light of Covid-19.
Ahead of the festival later this week, Close-up Culture’s James Prestridge spoke to the co-directors about their incredible resourcefulness, exploring the issue of loneliness, creating a distinct visual style, and much more.
Arron Blake and Darius Shu write, direct, and produce short film, His Hands, an atmospheric psychological thriller. Shu and Blake opt not to use dialogue throughout, lending further strength to the film's richly crafted aesthetics and allowing us as viewers to use our own perspectives in exploring the intriguingly ambiguous narrative.
Reading this short synopsis I didn’t know how the film was going to be portrayed; little did I know this was going to be a film that would watch and immediately message every single one of my friends to tell them to watch it immediately!