The intense and atmospheric UK thriller Red by Branko Tomovic is set in the underground world of illegal organ smuggling, the so-called red market. It tells the story of Niklas, a surgeon who lives a life of solitude and is tormented by self hatred. He performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market and works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them. Niklas is looking for a way out of this dark world, but owes his life to their violent crime boss Ed, who would rather kill him then let him go.
It's the directing debut of Branko Tomovic who is probably best known in the US for playing Jack Bauer's sidekick in the recent "24: Live Another Day" series and stars British actress Francesca Fowler (Doctor Who, Rome, Closure) with the acclaimed Irish actress Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Ballykissangel, The Silence, Doctor Who) as the sadistic and cruel crime boss.
Red has just started the festival circuit and will screen at the San Diego International Film Festival as the West Coast Premiere in their Crossroads Short Track on Oct 1st and Oct 2nd.
"We are all very thrilled and excited about screening at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival. Their lineup of films is just amazing! Red is very dark and gloomy, shot in London in cold and awful weather, it's the opposite of what you get in sunny San Diego and California!". says director Branko Tomovic.
Red has also been selected for the Tangier International Film Festival, the European Film Award qualifying International Short Film Festival in Drama, just won Best Short at Kraljevski Filmski Festival and nominated for Best Short at the Naperville Independent Film Festival and picked up 8 nominations at the Maverick Movie Awards.
The exclusive preview clip shows the brutality of the violent and sadistic crime boss Ed (Dervla Kirwan) where she forces Niklas (Branko Tomovic) to perform an operation on an innocent victim.