(Please note this film is Not Safe for Work (NSFW) due to language and nudity)
Abel and Cain is a ten minute experimental science-fiction horror film about Abel, a young writer suffering from a lack of inspiration and the internal journey he goes on to find it.
The film was shot on a low budget in Brooklyn, New York and features Alex Bone in the multiple roles of Abel and Cain, two sides of one man's psyche, and Tara Cioletti in the roles of Rachael and Lilith, Abel's unhealthy visions of femininity.
The film is inspired by the works of David Lynch and David Cronenberg, particular the films Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Videodrome, and Naked Lunch. The film also draws inspiration from Judeo-Christian and Norse mythologies and folklore as it explores the connection between creativity, identity, and the fall of man.
When struggling writer Abel is unable to produce a promised manuscript, he is provided with a video intended to help him unlock his inspiration.
After watching the video Abel finds himself confronted by visions of himself as Abel, a failed writer, and Cain, a successful photographer, each struggling with the influence of a feminine counterpart. Rachael mothers and coddles Abel while Lilith dominates and consumes the creative efforts of Cain. In this struggle Abel tries to find the inspiration that will allow him to complete his manuscript but it may not be Abel who emerges in the end.
Written and Directed by Sean Mannion
Director of Photography: Rachael Saltzman
Make-Up: Stella Barber (stellabmakeup.com)
Set and Prop Photography: Kate Black (kateblack.com)
Music: Robert Cullen (robertcullen.bandcamp.com/)
Abel/Cain/Abel-Cain: Alex Bone
Rachael/Lilith/Rachael-Lilith: Tara Cioletti
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Abel and Cain is included in this article from the journal El Espectador Imaginario, "Cortometrajes: riqueza de posibilidades para entender y contribuir a resolver los conflictos" (elespectadorimaginario.com/cortometrajes-y-conflictos/)