Celebrating its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2021 tomorrow is the genre-bending MASKING THRESHOLD from Austrian filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner. The film is set to debut at 6:00 pm CST on Saturday, September 25th.
Conducting a series of experiments in his makeshift home-lab, a skeptic IT worker tries to cure his harrowing hearing impairment. But where will his research lead him? Masking Threshold combines a chamber play, a scientific procedural, an unpacking video, and a DIY YouTube channel while suggesting endless vistas of existential pain and decay. Glimpse the world of the nameless protagonist in this eldritch tale, which is by no means for the faint of heart.
Johannes Grenzfurthner Statement: Masking Threshold is a film about a suffering, stubborn person whose worldview and beliefs are turned on their head, whose dogmas come out against the world and himself. My protagonist is queer, so you want to understand the societal pressure on him, you want to understand the trauma he went through, and the burden of his awful illness. But a point comes when sympathy for him dissolves into horror. It’s like watching one of those videos of a car sliding on an icy road, very slow, unable to break. You watch it, and you know it won’t end well. You just don’t know how bad it is going to be in the end.