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The Vourdalak
Original Title:
Le Vourdalak
91 minutes
French with English Subtitles
Adrien Beau
All is not well inside the lush forests of Eastern Europe. In this reimagining of Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy’s classic novella The Family of the Vourdalak, the Marquis d'Urfé is lost and seeking shelter on the estate of one “old Gorcha”, a supposed ally of the French king. But Gorcha is missing from the house when the Marquis appears–and the old man’s bizarre and secretive family seems all too remiss to share the details. This story is one of frivolous passions, flaming egos, and furtive struggles against the status quo of masculinity; all these come together to form a screening event that is, by all accounts, well and truly terrifying. This is modern horror told almost in the mournful retrospective, an homage to long-forgotten folklore.
What surprises is the way Beau manages to flip the horror to embrace some of the underlying pathos in a tale of tragic love, family loyalty, suffocating notions of masculinity and a brutal patriarchal rule.-----Screendaily, 2023
+ Venice Film Festival: 2023 Winner Grand Prize Venice International Critics' Week, Jury Special Mention
+ Venice Film Festival: 2023 Nominee Grand Prize Venice International Critics' Week, Best Film
+ Thessaloniki Film Festival: 2023 Nominee Golden Alexander, Film Forward Competition
Presented By: 
University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College
Sponsored By:
University of Pittsburgh Slavic Languages and Literatures

Event Schedule


March 30


McConomy Auditorium

Screening Time:


Doors Open:


Pre-screening Event(s)

+ Short Film Screening of The Tenth Door, Directed by Michael Lies
+Popcorn and Frightful Gummy Candy Bar!

Post-screening Event(s)

Audience + Panel Discussion with Michael Lies and Cathy Tuttle, Moderated by University of Pittsburgh Professor Dana Och

Additional Event(s)

Event Decoration
Adrien Beau

Director Bio

Born in Paris in 1981, Adrien Beau studied Performing Arts at Paris 8. From 2005, he worked as a designer for John Galliano and Christian Dior. After a stint as a theater director (Andromaque) in 2008, he directed two short horror films in 2009 and 2011, LA PETITE SIRÈNE and LES CONDIMENTS IRRÉGULIERS. As a visual artist, he often collaborates with agnès b., who regularly exhibits his work. THE VOURDALAK is his first feature film.

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