Ana, Jonathan and Axel have survived the zombie apocalypse in a house they’ve fortified into a bunker. Jonathan and Ana are lovers, which leaves Axel stewing in his own unrequited juices. He keeps busy by tattooing flies on his body, Ana records video of herself talking about her past and the present, and Jonathan dares Axel into suicidal acts that may get them all to killed.
Returning from a scavenging expedition, Axel and Jonathan bring home a muzzled zombie, dubbed Pythagoras, who becomes in turn, a punching bag, an art piece, and a catalyst for the mental and emotional breakdown of the bunker’s once tight-knit population.
Simultaneously touching and disturbing, THE DESERT takes everything we know about the zombie genre and throws it out of the window, presenting instead a thought-provoking character study on the frailty of imposed intimacy.
"The Desert is one of the best [Zombie films] I've seen in years."
Grolsch Film Works
"Showing just why the horror genre is such a powerful storytelling medium, The Desert is one of the best “zombie” movies I’ve seen in a very, very, long time."
"The Desert is a superb example of what filmmakers can do within the confines of the horror genre. Writer/director Christoph Behl ignores all the tropes and cliches of the zombie movie and crafts a film with makes the horror much more human."
"The Desert stand[s] out as a welcome oasis amidst the arid uniformity of so many other zombie films."
"The decline of both the physical and mental is meticulously picked apart and gnawed on in this tense, claustrophobic and sweaty dramatic Argentinian horror. All the cast are excellent but it’s Victoria Almeida’s committed performance that makes this a sincerely touching and disturbing look at the corrosion of the human spirit."
"The Desert looks dirty, smelly and nasty. Just watching it made me feel like taking a shower."
Fright Fest 2013
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2013
Fantasy Film Fest 2013
Razorreel Fantastic Film Festival 2013
Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 2013