22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

The Vourdalak

France, 2023: 90 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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Lost in a hostile forest, the Marquis d’Urfé, a noble emissary of the King of France, finds refuge in the home of a strange family.

What were vampires before Bram Stoker’s Dracula? On a mission for the King of France, a young marquis gets lost in the forest and meets a mysterious woman who invites him to take refuge in her family home. His visit quickly turns into a nightmare when the patriarch of the family, Gorcha, returns stricken with a mysterious blood disease. THE VOURDALAK is adapted from the Aleksei Tolstoy's 1884 novella, which is known to be the first vampire story in Europe, preceding Dracula by 40 years. Shot on Super 16mm film, and featuring a vampiric performance from a life-sized puppet, Adrien Beau's THE VOURDALAK is a radical take on a folk horror tale that is certain to send chills down your spine.

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Born in Paris in 1981, Adrien Beau studied Performing Arts at Paris 8 University. 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 SIRENE and LES CONDIMENTS IRREGULIERS. As a visual artist, he often collaborates with agnès b., who regularly exhibits his work. THE VOURDALAK is his first feature film.

press for The Vourdalak

"Genre fans and lovers of the macabre will appreciate the intelligence and craft that has gone into a tasty blend of blood, wit and social commentary."
- Screen International
"A dark, delicious fairytale fantasy brought to life with profound emotional integrity, THE VOURDALAK breathes new life into the far-too-often pedestrian vampire movie."
- AWFJ.org


Narrative / Horror / Drama / Fantasy / First Feature

French | English Subtitles
90 minutes


Adrien Beau

Judith Lou Lévy
Eve Robin
Marco Pacchioni

Hadrien Bouvier
Adrien Beau

David Chizallet

Ariane Labed
Kacey Mottet-Klein
Grégoire Colin
Vassili Schneider
Claire Duburcq



Winner Grand Prize Jury Special Mention, Venice International Critics' Week 2023

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