Written and directed by Nils Timm, “Echoes” follows young writer Anna (Kate French), who struggles with terrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions. Ana goes on a retreat with her boyfriend (Steven Brand) to an isolated yet stunning glass house in the desert. Hoping her surroundings will induce some creative inspiration, Anna stays behind while her boyfriend returns to the city for business.
As evident from the trailer, despite the calming environment of the desert, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not cease. Anna fears she is losing her mind as her attacks are accompanied by a terrifying figure that appears to be made of dried mud. “I know what I’ve seen,” she tells her boyfriend. The film seems like it will be an interesting take on the dreams vs. reality trope, and as an added bonus, the cinematography looks beautiful.
An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, “Echoes” comes out on Blu-ray and DVD April 14.