Aberrance is a 2022 Mongolian mystery horror thriller film about an estranged couple that take to a retreat deep in the woods. Foreboding neighbours, frivolous friends, and dark unseen forces lead to a shocking conclusion.
Directed by Aberrance Baatar Batsukh – making his feature directorial debut – from a screenplay co-written with Erdene Orosoo (Kinsman of the Sun) and Byambasuren Ganbat. Produced by Enkhmandakh Nemekhbaatar and executive produced by Angarag Sukhbaatar, Trevor Morgan Doyle and Alexa Khan.
The Mongolian Three Flames Pictures production stars Selenge Chadraabal (Six Feet), Erkhembayar Ganbat, Yalalt Namsrai (Snowman), Oyundary Jamsranjav (Disorder), Badamtsetseg Batmunkh, Bayarsanaa Batchuluun and Ariunbyamba Sukhee (Guardians).
When city dwellers Erkhmee (Erkhembayar Ganbat) and Selenge (Selenge Chadraabal) arrive at an old cabin deep in the Mongolian wilds, a sense of foreboding settles over the couple.
Erkhmee’s seemingly keen desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for his artistic wife is at odds with the violent actions and mannerisms their quizzical neighbour observes. As the neighbour digs deeper for the reason behind this aberrant behaviour, more questions and trouble begin to arise…
Aberrance had its North American premiere at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival in the Midnighters section.
In the US, Freestyle Digital Media will release Aberrance theatrically on October 6, 2023. On-demand (VOD) and digital releases will follow in 2024.
“Solid actors, bloody effects and, above all, the already mentioned highly successful image and sound design actually make Aberrance an ideal candidate for labels that specialise in modern genre goods […] the film is very well made, is enjoyable, and we can look forward to the next film by the promising Mr Batsukh.” Bremen Film Forum
“The film was interesting in a good way, particularly in its visual aesthetics […] The film’s strengths are in its willingness to experiment with the visual style and the cast’s performances. All cast members […] have engaging faces and personalities and have the willingness to go for it. The performance by Selenge Chadraabal, in particular, is quite good.” Nightmarish Conjurings
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Directed by Aberrance Baatar Batsukh said: “The film’s inception came to me while I was pondering not what is happening in society today but what is not happening and how we are all quietly complicit with the powers that be. I chose the thriller genre to shock and disturb the audience, hopefully opening their eyes to the larger theme. Genres such as comedy and drama no longer hold the audience’s attention in the way thrillers and horrors do today and in my opinion don’t cover the more pressing issues people are dealing with. Thrillers provide an artistic and fertile social context to the violence, action and psychological trauma being portrayed that’s subtext is more accessible to the general audience.
Mongolia is one of the few countries in the world that does not fully exercise its fundamental right to life and health in accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sadly. the death toll is sometimes higher than in war-torn countries. Our country ranks high in the list of causes of death in terms of cancer, traffic accidents, and suicides. It shows how cheap the establishment thinks our lives are, it’s something as an artist that cuts me deeply. This backdrop of mental illness, coupled with feelings of imprisonment effectively parallel and remind us of the lives many must suffer today in our supposedly free world. In fact, in this society, we have willingly become prisoners of our own thoughts and look for faults externally in a xenophobic wave of fear when the true demons are at our doorsteps and we invite them in.”