– More films for you to enjoy on our pages! This week, new goosebumps-inducing festival hits
Knife + Heart by Yann Gonzalez
All through October, we will be offering you a few of the very best titles from three genres guaranteed to give you goosebumps and set your pulse racing: horrors, thrillers and fantasy tales hailing from all corners of the world.
This week, we’re proud to showcase a few recent entries in those genres, directed by new and daring voices for you to keep on your radars.
These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years – titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!
M83’s Yann Gonzalez stages a rollicking horror in Knife + Heart, starring Vanessa Paradis as a producer, director, and screenwriter of a gay porn studio haunted by a killer wielding a knife-cum-dildo. An Italian-style horror that tips its hat to Brian de Palma and thrums to the beats of M83.
An alchemist captures a small group of deserters fleeing the Civil War in 17th-Century England, and recruits them in his search to find a hidden treasure buried in a field. Daring, subversive, and all-around intoxicating, A Field in England is a trippy horror that will shake you back and forth.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
“A Skateboarding vampire preys on men who disrespect women.” Do we have your attention? Then enjoy this instant-classic by Iranian Ana Lili Aminpour, which breathes new life in the vampire genre like no other film has in recent years. A tale impossible to forget, and an extraordinary feature debut.
Straight out of TIFF comes this thriller by Govinda Van Maele, a striking feature debut following a German drifter who settles in a deceptively bucolic town in rural Luxembourg – only to find out the town isn’t the idyllic place it seems. Featuring Vicky Krieps, who starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread.
A private investigator embarks on a quest to avenge a murder in Dennis Hauck’s first feature, an impeccably shot journey into the L.A. underworld that tips its hat to some of Tarantino’s finest. Fans of Pulp Fiction, rejoice: here’s another structurally flamboyant crime tale that will give you plenty to marvel at.
Looking for jump scares and laughs? Here’s an anthology body horror film that will do the trick. A nightmarish vision set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in LA, Kuso follows the city’s mutated inhabitants as they broadcast their stories on discarded TVs… a hysterical work and a terrific feat of animation.
A college student seeks help after a brutal assault, but when she reveals that her perpetrators are police officers, her struggle for justice will turn into a bureaucratic nightmare. Kaouther Ben Hania’s Cannes entry is an unflinching, suspenseful rollercoaster – a film so striking it’s impossible not to root for and fight along with its resolute heroine.
Apartment 1303 3D
A strained mother-daughter relationship turns into a tale of horror in Michael Taverna’s modern ghost story. A quaint flat hides a history of violence – will the new tenant become another victim?
A haunting adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella, The Double is a wonderful testament to the versatility of lead actor Jesse Eisenberg, and the directing bravado of its director, Richard Ayoade, who here confirms himself as one of the finest filmmakers working in Britain today.
One of the most violent films of the last few years is also one of the most ferocious studies of colonial horrors and racism. From the director of The Babadook comes The Nightingale, a nightmarish revenge tale set in 1820s Tasmania, where a young Irishwoman and an Aboriginal tracker seek justice for the unspeakable atrocities the British have committed against their families.