Filip Terlecki’s short, ‘Suffer‘, is a psychological thriller inspired by Stephen King’s short story called ‘Suffer the Little Children‘. 

Suffer by Filip Terlecki

What is your film about?

Suffer is a short film inspired by the Stephen King short story called ‘Suffer the Little Children‘. It’s the story of an ageing teacher confined to a hospital for the criminally insane who reveals the sinister plot that provoked her violent actions.

What are the main topics raised by the story?

The theme of duality tends to pop up in my films a lot, probably because I have a Polish-Canadian nationality. And, it pops up in ‘Suffer‘ as well. But the film is really a character study about a woman who is suffering emotionally as a result of something traumatic that happened in her past.

What is your credo as a filmmaker?

As a filmmaker, I want to create an environment and an atmosphere that audiences can get lost in. I believe that film is like a vessel to a parallel universe which for a fraction of time we can get completely lost in. That parallel universe can entertain us, scare us, inspire us etc. That’s up to us as filmmakers to decide; what kind of vessel do you as a filmmaker want to create?

Director Filip Terlecki in the middle

Who is the target audience of your film?

I really like Roman Polanski’s ‘The Tenant‘ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby‘. And ‘Suffer‘ was largely inspired by those two films. So, if you like them you might like ‘Suffer‘.

Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?

One of the creepier scenes involved our lead, Miss Sidley (played brilliantly by Astrida Auza) to eat meal worms, which look, feel and sound absolutely disgusting. When our rock star PA brought them onto the set everyone went bananas; we were all taking mealworm selfies. Focus and professionalism went out the window, but we all got some cool creepy shots with them.

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

It’s an honour to be a part of the Cannes Film Festival, even in a small part. The Short Film Corner provides not only great exposure but it allows filmmakers to connect. I met a lot of great filmmakers and industry people when I was there with my previous short. And it’s just as exciting having ‘Suffer‘ at Cannes this time around.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m developing a sci-fi/mystery web series which has the potential to be a really great TV series. It’s based around the discovery of a strange VHS tape which contains a secretly taped mysterious autopsy. It explores how badly things can go wrong when people try to play God.