Presented in the official selection, out of competition, at the second Reims Polar festival, “No Man Of God” features Elijah Wood in the shoes of a profiler, who confronts the serial killer Ted Bundy. The story is based on real events.
No Man of God: Elijah Wood as a profiler
Presented this Wednesday, April 6 at the festival Reims Polar out of competition, No Man of God is based on the true story of profile Bill Hagmeier. Incarnated on-screen by Elijah Wood, the latter is notably famous for having spent long hours questioning the serial killer Ted Bundy between the years 1984 and 1989. The film, directed by Amber Sealey, is adapted from these interrogations.
Filmed almost behind closed doors on death row, the feature film traces the special relationship that developed between Hagmaier and Bundy, while the profession of the profile was only in its infancy. Through the piercing gaze of Elijah Wood, who finds here one of his best roles, we enter the sick brain of Ted Bundy (brilliantly played by Luke Kirby), accused of having violently killed between 20 and 30 people.
The face-to-face between the two men is never as exciting as when he raises this essential question: how can a human be made of the same material as his fellow human beings lose all notion of humanity? It is this answer that Hagmaier absolutely seeks in No Man of God, and who is at the center of the fascination that we can feel for serial killers.
For MINDHUNTER lovers
His winding journey to unravel the Bundy mystery, while confronting himself with his own humanity, leads us into a mental labyrinth. fascinating and scary.
Along the same lines as the series, MINDHUNTER the film also sheds new light on the pioneers of the profession of profile. We also learn that Ted Bundy himself had a great talent for profiling and that he was passionate about this discipline.
If we were lucky enough to be able to discover the film on the big screen at the Reims Polar festival, it does not yet have a French release date. However, there is a good chance that it will be released directly on VOD.