RKS Films: Greek International Film Festival of Toronto: “Highway 13”: Spooky Canadian Short

Welcome to the inaugural Greek International Film of Festival running virtually and in theatre from October 1-3.

The first release I saw was “Highway 13” a short written, directed and produced by former Rogers senior executive Stanley Papulkas. Highway 13 is a highway in Alberta referred to as a Canadian Bermuda Triangle where strange things happen.

Indeed strange and spooky things happen as in 1962 we see Alex (Chris Pereira) and Glenda (Emma Houghton) driving along Highway 13 late at night. They are brought to a screeching halt by a ghoulish figure, Desdemona who Alex refers to smelling like a “rotten hamburger”. Well that so very Canadian innocent Glenda listens to this ghoulish figure who says she is looking for her husband Mollie who went looking for wood but has not been seen for some time. Alex goes into the woods….regrettably in search of Mollie. As he foams at the mouth and his eyeballs turn white he tells Glenda to run.  Then in 2021 Ruby (Tess Spentzos) and Frankie (George Scandalis) are travelling the same highway and who appears but Glenda claiming to be looking for Alex. History repeats itself.

Truly a Canadian production where trusting Canadians meet a fate you can decide on. Marvellous cinematography and a delightful offbeat soundtrack. I am steering clear of Highway 13 Canada’s Bermuda Triangle.

Offbeat, thoughtful and genuine. Motto of the story is do not go into the woods at dark.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgId_0X7Qs4

Part of the Greek International Film Festival of Toronto. You can access the films available virtually and online at https://gifft.ca

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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