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Virtual Vampire

Virtual Vampire

The young parapsychologist Dr. Andres meets Merz, a workless alcoholic in his mid-forties, who claims to be able to produce PSI images of his thoughts on the TV screen. To succeed in producing these images Merz needs the stimulation of alcohol and women, a fact that prevents the proof of these phenomena by scientific methods. But Andres is fascinated by Merz' skills. A strange world of paranormal images of the past and the future opens up for him and affects his relationship with his girlfriend May. The situation escalates when Merz continously produces paranormal images of May's intimate secrets on the TV screen. Both of them, May and Andres, are coming under the spell of Merz. Even Merz' death brings no relief: the very same night, he himself appears in a ghostly figure on Andres' TV screen and begins to talk.

Michael Busch was born in 1966. He studied Fine Arts at the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin (in the experimental film class of Heinz Emigholz). He is a founding member of the media theater group LUXUS BERLIN and also works as a film music composer, script writer, editing consultant, and instructor. His films include: Words For Windows (short, 1996), Hyperbooks (short, 1998), Virtual Vampire (1999), and Seven Heavens (Sieben Himmel, 2005).

Year of Production 1999
Director Michael Busch
Screenplay Michael Busch
Cinematography Marcus Winterbauer
Ute Schall
Jammin\' Unit, The PSI-Project
Cast Inga Busch, René Hofschneider, Armin Dallapiccola
Producer Michael Busch
Production Company LUXUS FILM/Berlin
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 1999, San José 2000

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