The Mother of Beauty follows Helena, a single mother-to-be lives in isolation on the edge of the wilderness. She makes a living through her work with vulture culture: using the remains of dead animals to create art and memorialize the lives that once were. As she attempts to overcome the struggles of parenthood, the forces of life and death pull her in opposing directions, and she must find a way to reconcile the two before they tear her apart.
We wanted to create a film that pushed the boundaries of the horror genre and to defy conceptions of what constitutes fear. Despite the fact that this is a grim and suspenseful story, ultimately it is about a mother’s love for her child and the difficulty she faces when balancing her affinity for death with the new life she creates. No one should come into this show expecting surprise twists or horrifying gore effects, as the purpose of the story is not to shock, but rather to showcase a creeping, elegant dread that is as devastating as it is beautiful.
Funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2016, The Mother of Beauty is the third short film from newcomers ECLECTIC47, an independent art and new media production company based out of Vancouver, BC. The film is currently unavailable for purchase but will be available in the upcoming year.
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