Just after We Are Still Heres opening weekend, star Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color) has joined Ayla, the new feature from Guts Elias Ganster. The resurrected sibling horror will also see turns from Jennifer Lynn Warren, Tristan Risk and Nicholas Wilder.
In Ayla, currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, a man haunted by the death of his 4-year-old sister brings her back to life 30 years later as an adult woman, with dire consequences. Ganster, who helmed the well-received indie Gut, writes, Ayla is a film inspired by the loss of my sister and the life as siblings that we never got to share. It’s about what happens when you can’t let go, how far into the dark you might reach to bring back someone you lost, and the ramifications that follow.
The synopsis expands: Taking inspiration from the Tibetan myth of Tulpa creation, the story of Ayla brings Elton to a place where what lived on only in the mind can once again become flesh and blood. Born out of Eltons obsession and desire for the life that should have been, his sister Ayla returns, still a child, but now with the body of a woman, a thought-form manifested in flesh. As their bond strengthens, Ayla thrives even as Elton grows weaker, but now that he’s found her, he’s not letting go… even if it kills him.
Risk and Wilder will play Ayla and Elton in the film, expected to head into production this fall in Seattle.
Below, find the poster and concept art from Mike Pappa.