The Must-See British Psychological/Sci-Fi Thriller ARTIFICIO CONCEAL Accepted at Cannes (Court Metrage) 2015 | The Fan Carpet

The Must-See British Psychological/Sci-Fi Thriller ARTIFICIO CONCEAL Accepted at Cannes (Court Metrage) 2015

17 March 2015

ARTIFICIO CONCEAL*, the intriguing new British film written and directed by Ayoub Qanir, whose previous acclaimed films include Koyakatsi and Human After All, has been accepted at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.

ARTIFICIO CONCEAL features a strong all-British cast and crew and was filmed in London late last summer.  Starring David Bailie (Pirates of the Caribbean); Simon Armstrong (Game of Thrones); Nick Cornwall (Blood Loyal), Andrew Whipp (Amazing Grace), Stephen McDade (Guardians of the Galaxy) and introducing rising star Duran Fulton-Brown who said: “I believe we're in involved in a pioneering project, and I share the strong belief that it will continue for many years to come.”


Ayoub Qanir and David Bailie (pictured above, right)

ARTIFICIO CONCEAL tells the compelling story of a man who awakens in an Interpol interrogation room to find his mind ‘hacked’; his memories replaced, and his identity lost.  As the engineer of the world’s most precise Quantum Logic clock, he must discover who hacked his nervous system and stole the device responsible for time itself.  His quest to identify the perpetrator leads him through time and space to a thrilling conclusion that even he could never have envisaged.

Ayoub Qanir’s film, who is currently developing the feature-length script - has already attracted critical and media attention.  Ann Reynolds of the Huffington Post wrote: “Qanir will force us to walk away from this thriller duly warned… our brains can be bought, borrowed, or hacked at any time, and for any reason. Artificio Conceal is an example of the price of inattention, and will chastise us for not reading the fine print. This is not your typical sci-fi thriller entertainment fest, but a serious reminder that you've got a lot of on-board equipment you're laying to waste.”

Qanir said: “I am intensely grateful the film will be shown in Cannes after a fantastic effort by a very talented cast and crew. Throughout the process we pushed our expectations about what was possible and now we're thankful to see the results emerge on the screen.”



Shot by British DOP Polly Morgan, ARTIFICIO CONCEAL is produced by Peter Fraser and Ayoub Qanir.  Music is by Matthew Wilcock and Aleah Morisson; the editor is Sam Gunn.

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