Coined as a “lower-than-micro-budget feature,” Andy Siege’s debut “Beti and Amare” takes place in 1930’s Ethiopia, where a young woman escapes Mussolini’s army and is almost attacked by bandits, were it not for the arrival of an otherworldly presence whom she befriends. Shot in black and white with hints of red and blue, the film blends romance, war, sci-fi and revenge film elements into what one reviewer called a “Bizarre Ethiopian Oddity.”
The film will screen this weekend at the BFI London Film Festival on 10/18 and 10/19.
Read the full synopsis below:
Set during the 1936 war between Italy and Ethiopia, the film sees Beti, a beautiful young woman, evade Mussolini’s advancing troops by travelling to the home of her elderly uncle, who lives alone in a cabin in the midst of a vast, barren landscape. The two settle down to a quiet existence together, but the menace of the war and local thugs are only just held at bay. When three men turn up at the property, hell bent on raping Beti, she is saved by an otherworldly presence, whom she names Amare. Reportedly delivered on a budget of under $7,000, Beti and Amare is a hugely impressive debut by Andy Siege and features a standout performance by Hiwot Asres as Beti. Quite simply, you won’t have seen anything quite like this.
Watch the trailer here: