A narrative Short Film.

‘Exile’ is a dark and atmospheric narrative short film, about a young woman who moves halfway across the world to escape a dying relationship only to find much more than she bargained for when a mysterious man enters her life. My principal goal with ‘Exile’ was to capture the dark underbelly of Ho Chi Minh City, conveying the gothic beauty that lies in its shadows. 

The narrative is inspired by such gothic horror films as Andrzej Żuławski’s ‘Possession’ (1981) and Tony Scott’s ‘The Hunger’ (1983), as well as by the Dylan Thomas poem ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’. Like the aforementioned films, ‘Exile’ contains a supernatural element, and also like those films, it is mostly an exercise in mood, tone and atmosphere, with a healthy dose of abstraction thrown in for good measure. There is a certain distinctive quality to the way Ho Chi Minh City streets feel, particularly at night – dreamlike, ethereal. With ‘Exile’, I tried to capture and express that quality, both visually and aesthetically. 

The film is still in post-production due to the complexity of its sound design, but you can see the short trailer for it above.

Written & Directed by Dillon M. Banda (Magare Banda)
Cinematography by Dillon M. Banda
Edited by Sean Cunningham
Starring Las Wijayatilake, Julia Ezhikova & Olly Dowden
Wardrobe by Lam boutique
Produced by Lekker.