Marco Kalantari is an Austrian filmmaker who is based out of Japan these days. Popular for his ad films, especially those made in India, Marco has also made many short films and also a feature film, Ainoa (2005). A sci-fi film, Ainoa was released in Austria after a successful festival run. Marco came up with a sci-fi short film last year, The Shaman which was premièred at Tribeca Film Festival, before going on to make it to various other festivals as well.
Synopsis– It’s the dark year of 2204,in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines. Shamans have special senses; they are experts in all aspects of the “unseen” and the “beyond”. They believe that every person, animal, plant and object has a soul. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find this soul and interact with it. That is what makes him such a deadly, highly effective weapon. They can find and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines in to psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else. Shaman Joshua Van Kern and his squire Lene embark on a mission to convert a giant battle colossus …
Here is the trailer of “The Shaman” which has already garnered close to 5 million views on YouTube already-
The full film (18 minutes) can be seen either here on Vimeo
Or here on YouTube