Dir.: Tom Provost | USA 2011 | 90 min
While one half of the duo behind 'The Blair Witch Project', Eduardo Sánchez, returns in great form to this year's PIX with his horror story 'Lovely Molly', the other half is also active in the wings. For Daniel Myrick has produced 'The Presence', and this film too is a solid and captivating film about spirits. There must be more between heaven and earth... A young woman (Mira Sorvino) moves to a small hut in the forest to write a book. Slowly and without words, we are lulled into her everyday life in the hut, while we become disturbingly aware of the fact that something else is also present. When the girl's boyfriend (Justin Kirk) turns up unexpectedly, the drama gets more intense, as unresolved feelings are the kind of thing that ghosts and other spirits feed on. The stage is set in a classic way for a ghost story, but right from the start 'The Presence' surprises us by introducing us to its ghost as a tangible and indispensable part of reality. The result is an intimate and claustrophobically eerie drama, which emphasises narrative and mood over empty shock effects, while it chillingly slowly creeps into the audience.