Logline & Synopsis
An mysterious case of a missing child in the 70s leads to the tragic breakup of longtime friendships until the mystery about the disappearance is solved unexpectedly 30 years later.
The disappearance of a child in the 70s shatters abruptly the regular life of a placid village and the friendship between four children. Soon the police blames the parents of the missing child as the suspects. Convinced that this incident holds more mysteries one of the four kids starts his own investigations. Due to his persistence he gets accused of being involved whereby his longtime bond of friendship with his friends is ultimately torn. 30 years later the secrets about the mysterious and tragic event can be revealed in a way beyond imagination.
We want to portray the innocent spirit of the 70s through
the eyes of children and put it into contrast with the bleak
war atmosphere of the 2000s after 9/11. In order to let the
audience fully dive into this time we use analogue film to
create the visual aesthetics. With the mix of Spielberg’s
childlike approach (themes as friendship, bonding, love for
adventure), a touch of an »homage« to the American Diner
Feeling and the mystery and suspence aspect of
supernatural elements we capture the mood of those two
eras for the screen.
We clearly want to create a niche with the SciFi genre in Austria. The realization stays realistic, the SciFi element is revealed through a twist at the end. The core of the story is rooted in the reality and autumn mood of Austria. The focus is on the kids and their fragile friendship which is ultimately torn apart by the outside world. Another international characteristic that we emphasize on is the »postcredit scene«. It gives a significant impact to the story after the end credits this is something of a rarity in Austria.
As young directors we see it as our duty to create a constant change to pave the way for younger generations of filmmakers. Furthermore we see our mission as filmmakers in the examination of sociopolitical, zeitgeisty and timeless topics. Aspects like interpersonal relationsships among children, hidden prejudices within a community as well as the lack of faith in children are shown in »Snakebite«.
All this happens within the pristine natural scenery because the nature is here the symbol for separation as much as for homecoming.