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Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright

AUSTRALIA / USA – 1971 – 114 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISHA FILM BY TED KOTCHEFF

In 60s Australia, John Grant (Gary Bond), is an Education Department bonded teacher at a tiny outback school. Making his way to Sydney for the holidays, John takes the train but stops overnight in Bundayabba.

R100

R100

JAPAN – 2013 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY HITOSHI MATSUMOTO

Nao Ohmori (star of Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer) plays Takafumi Katayama, a mildmannered father who escapes the pressures of daily life by joining a mysterious S&M club, where the so-called Queens visit clients in real-life settings. While at first the rough treatment and humiliation he receives from leather-clad women in cafés and restaurants is enjoyable, Takafumi soon realizes that he's opened a door that cannot be closed. Unable to end his relationship with the club, he finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices, each with a very unique talent. Takafumi must either find a way to turn the tables, or walk even further down this dark yet sexy path.

The FP

The FP

USA – 2011 – 83 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BRANDON TROST & JASON TROST

In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. 

One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing. From the producers of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and featuring narration by James Remar (THE WARRIORS), THE FP is a fury of fierce footwork, triumphant montages and neon street wear that Moviefone calls "a rare ready-made cult hit."

Bullhead

Bullhead

BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS – 2011 – 124 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FLEMISH & FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MICHAEL R. ROSKAM

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards

Perhaps 2011’s most stunning international debut, Michael R. Roskam’s BULLHEAD is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. 

Acclaimed at festivals worldwide including the Berlin Film Festival, AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest, the award-winning BULLHEAD is visceral saga bursting with rage that TwitchFilm calls “a tremendous accomplishment...one of the most original crime films in recent memory.”

Wrong

Wrong

FRANCE / USA – 2012 – 94 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY QUENTIN DUPIEUX

 

The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

JAPAN – 2011 – 118 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY TETSUYA NAKASHIMA

When beautiful straight-A high school student Kanako goes missing, her mother asks ex-husband Fujishima - a drifting, irresponsible former cop - to find their daughter. He embarks on a desperate search in the hope of reuniting his ‘perfect family’ - by any means necessary. But as his investigation progresses, Fujishima starts to discover the darkness that lies behind his daughter’s impeccable façade. Clue by clue, revelation by revelation, he starts his descent into the hellish underworld of Kanako’s secret life… Tetsuya Nakashima follows his internationally-lauded box office hit “Confessions” (multiple Japan Academy Prize winner 2011; Best Asian Film, Hong Kong Film Awards 2011) with an intense, shocking, psychedelic journey into the world of city youngsters insatiably hungry for ever wilder, ever more delirious sensations...

Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Why Don't You Play in Hell?

JAPAN – 2013 – 126 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY SION SONO

Master filmmaker Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE; COLD FISH) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is among Sono’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

The Visitor ("Stridulum")

The Visitor ("Stridulum")

USA / ITALY – 1979 – 108 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GIULIO PARADISI

Wealthy Atlanta basketball team owner Raymond Armstead (Lance Henrikson) is dating widow Barbara Collins (Joanne Nail) and seemingly in love with her, but he is really on assignment for a mysterious syndicate of rich men trying to gain power through the evil manipulation of a genetic alien force that is carried in Barbara's womb. Both Raymond and the smart-mouthed and uncannily talented pre-teen daughter of Collins, Katie (Paige Conner), want marriage and a new baby to be born, with this baby carrying forth the power that Katie is starting to show. An older man appears from another world (John Houston) and intervenes as the force of good that this power potentially has, trying to stop Katie from using her powers for evil and to take her back to a place where the goodness of children can thrive.

The Tribe

The Tribe

UKRAINE / NETHERLANDS – 2013 – 132 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SIGN LANGUAGE WITH NO SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MYROSLAV SLABOSHPITSKIY

Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf.

Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school’s hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of the, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.

Nothing Bad Can Happen

Nothing Bad Can Happen

GERMANY – 2013 – 110 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY KATRIN GEBBE

Young Tore belongs to the Jesus Freaks, a Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion whilst at the same time following Jesus' precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car which has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in Benno’s garden and gradually becomes part of his family. But Benno can’t resist playing cruel game, designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence become more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits.

Miami Connection

Miami Connection

USA – 1987 – 83 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY Y.K. KIM & WOO-SANG PARK

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”...and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

Klown

Klown

DENMARK – 2010 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MIKKEL NØRGAARD

In what critics are hailing as “the funniest movie of the year!” (IFC), KLOWN follows two wildly inappropriate friends — played by celebrated international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen — as they run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. 

Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank “kidnaps” the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, and they join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you'll never be able to unsee.

Graceland

Graceland

PHILIPPINES – 2012 – 84 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN TAGALOG WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY RON MORALES

Family man Marlon Villar is the long-time driver of Manuel Chango, a corrupt Filipino congressman. One afternoon, while driving his and Chango’s preteen daughters home from school, the three are violently ambushed in a kidnapping attempt. When the attempt goes horribly awry, the wrong girl is taken, and the driver's life takes a sudden, terrifying turn. Left as the only witness to the crime, Marlon’s loyalty is called into question. As events unravel further, he, Chango, and their families become ensnared in a downward spiral of betrayal and deceit that will ultimately leave no one innocent.

A Field in England

A Field in England

UNITED KINGDOM – 2013 – 90 MIN – BLACK & WHITE - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BEN WHEATLEY

A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley, award-winning director of DOWN TERRACE, KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS. 

In the war-torn England countryside in 1648, a small group of deserters flee the raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured and forced to help one of their captors in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. 

The group defends into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they gradually become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

Borgman

Borgman

NETHERLANDS – 2013 – 113 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ALEX VAN WARMERDAM

Modern day Europe: A priest and his companion hunt silently through the fields, accompanied by a braying dog. They are armed and deadly. Their quarry is Camiel Borgman, living in military sparseness in an underground den, near companions Ludwig and Pascal. Camiel scrapes out with some difficulty, hitching a ride with a doomed truck driver on a relentless trip to the heart of suburbia. 

He passes by two odd women, Brenda and Ilonka, with whom he seems to share a history. When a dirty Camiel arrives at the door of artist Marina and media executive Richard’s expansive, designer-chic home, the shifting perceptions of Van Warmerdam’s screenplay begin to displace and disorient the audience. Hallucinogenic elements dot the consciousness as Camiel shifts between the roles of victim and aggressor. He asks for a bath. He toys with Richard’s jealousy. He is viciously beaten up by his cruelly intolerant host and left wounded on the floor. 

Marina seeks to assuage her guilt by allowing him a space for the night. She treats his wounds. She makes him some food. She begins to deceive her husband. And Camiel Borgman insistently starts to install himself in the house as his dark advances ebb and flow, push and pull. Marina is self-obsessed; Richard a casual racist; they employ a nanny Magot to look after their three small children, the youngest of whom, Isolde, sees Camiel early on and is responsive to his presence. “There is something that surrounds us,” says Marina, fearfully, but she is no longer in control. 

Large dogs roam casually through the house. There are flashes of something sinister in the garden as Camiel waits, and watches. Soon he is inhabiting Marina’s dreams. “Couldn’t you come back in another capacity?,” she asks him. “I could,” he says, “...but it will have consequences.”

 

“BORGMAN is an original and grim (not Grimm) fairy tale that’s as darkly comical as it is bizarrely sinister.”
THE TORONTO STAR

"BORGMAN is a perfectly crafted but airless allegory of contemporary European class warfare…”
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Van Warmerdam uses the elusive Borgman (creepily embodied by the nimble Jan Bijvoet) as the catalyst in his allegorical indictment of the Dutch ruling class.”
- NOW MAGAZINE

"Van Warmerdam highlights the potential chaos that a confined, comfortable, suburban life can hold."
EXCLAIM!

"BORGMAN is a demented fairy tale. While you may not understand everything, it’s a completely engrossing experience from start to finish, continuing to work on you for days after.”
TORONTO FILM SCENE

“...an interesting twist on the home invasion thriller…"
SEAN KELLY ON MOVIES

"BORGMAN, a Rumpelstilskin of a tale"
THE NATIONAL POST

"...security is an illusion"
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Deftly moving from cutting-edge black humour to blatant evil"
NOW MAGAZINE

" Think Lynch meets Haneke in an absurdist flick that maintains its state of dread without fully tipping its hand. There’s humour, too, as twisted as a graveyard chuckle."
THE TORONTO STAR

“… wonderfully creepy.”
- THE NATIONAL POST

"BORGMAN is a film that operates on a higher psychological level than your average horror film..."
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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

UNITED KINGDOM / 2014 / 95 MINUTES / IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY IAIN FORSYTH & JANE POLLARD
FEATURING NICK CAVE

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH weaves drama and reality in a fictionalized 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave.

The Overnighters

The Overnighters

USA – 2013 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JESSE MOSS

Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment.

The Final Member

The Final Member

CANADA – 2012 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JONAH BEKHOR & ZACH MATH

Thirty Miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stand the Icelandic Phallological Museum — The world's only Penis museum.

Over the 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for the one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen. 

THE FINAL MEMBER follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two interpid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.

The Dog

The Dog

USA – 2013 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ALLISON BERG & FRANK KERAUDREN

Official selection — Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

A BAND CALLED DEATH

A BAND CALLED DEATH

DENMARK – 2011 – 93 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JEFF HOWLETT & MARK COVINO

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.