As part of the Vancouver Film School’s “Compendium” series, award winning director Nicholas Humphries directs a twisted re-imaging of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Little Mermaid”.
Starring Trevor Gemma and Jovanna Huguet, it tells the tale of a grotesque but captivating mermaid and her desperate struggle for freedom.
“(The Little Mermaid) Whirled into dance, gliding like a swallow when it is being pursued. . . .It was as if sharp knives were cutting her delicate feet, but she did not feel it; the pain that pierced her heart was far worse. She knew that this was the last night that she would see the prince — the one for whom she had left her family and her home, given up her beautiful voice, and suffered endless torment every day without his knowing it. It was the last night that she would breathe the same air as he, that she would see the deep ocean and the starry blue sky. Eternal night, without thoughts or dreams, awaited her, she who didn’t have a soul and could not win one. . . .The mermaid laughed and danced, her heart filled with thoughts of death…”