Two young entrepreneurs in Cleveland hit the jackpot with a web company which runs scary videos made by users. As someone shoots a documentary about them, a suicide snuff video goes viral on their platform but the video seems to hide something truly disturbing. A mockumentary-come-horror movie, with an original use of found footage, perfects actors and mounting tension.
After living serenely in the city with humans, a cow has an identity crisis and goes into the desert to find herself. Where she encounters the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, among other things. A very original and imaginative reflection on identity and isolation in modern times, hilarious but ultimately moving. An unpredictable UFO, ready to become a cult object.
In a brightly colored room where she lives and works, a young artist-author stages her dream to become a porn actress, following a precise but mysterious script. Sion Sono – the 2011 TFF featured a complete retrospective of his works - rereads pinku eiga (Japanese soft-core porn), giving free rein to his visionary ability to provoke, with parodies and ironic intellectual challenges.
A mysterious French woman sells a director an unpublished photo of Arthur Rimbaud which might reveal revolutionary information about the life and works of the poet. The director plunges into a passionate investigation and consults technicians and critics. Will he publish his discoveries? An irresistible mockumentary by Bruno Bigoni about image and memory: love for research, poetry and a hint of intelligent irony against the institutions of knowledge.
Na Hong-jin (The Chaser, The Yellow Sea) is one of Korea’s best and most surprising new directors, as he shows once again in this wrong-footing and very dark horror film. A mountain village, a mysterious stranger, an illness which suddenly spreads, a policeman who investigates and finds his own family in danger: nothing is as it seems because Evil is lurking where you least expect it.
Brent Corrigan (real name: Sean Paul Lockhart) is one of today’s most famous gay porn stars and the now defunct Cobra Video, specialized in twink hardcore, is where he got his big break. This is their story, a plunge without inhibitions into a world without scruples, where illusions are excessive and money is king. The cast includes James Franco, Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.
A witch who had been burned at the stake two centuries earlier is brought back to life by chance: she tries to enter the body of her great-granddaughter, who is her spitting image. Debut director Mario Bava invents Italian-style goth, working with morbid atmospheres and objects, as well as the disquieting face of Barbara Steele. Inspired by Il vij by Gogol, it owes part of its lure to the sophisticated black and white photography by Bava himself.
A photographer who loves to take pictures of abandoned houses awakens after a car accident with partial amnesia and begins to retrace her life with the help of a psychologist. An old house she discovers she owns and a few innocuous yet mysterious objects she begins to receive take her to the center of a scary labyrinth. Mounting tension and a disturbing atmosphere for a gothic thriller directed by Gass-Donnelly (FIPRESCI award at the 28th TFF 28, with Small Town Murder Songs) and starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney.
Two young CIA agents searching for a Russian spy go to NASA pretending to be documentary filmmakers. The year is 1967, the cold war and the race to conquer space are in full spate and the two agents uncover a disturbing secret: the United States is behind with its Apollo program. What else is there to do but take inspiration from Kubrick and shoot a fake moon landing? About the famous “conspiracy theory,” a mockumentary in found footage, in which comedy is tinged with paranoia.
By the director of Insomnia (on which Christopher Nolan based his same-titled remake), a nightmarish journey into the coils of a sick mind, that of a young pyromaniac who creates chaos in a tranquil Norwegian town. The compulsion to do evil, a general inability to acknowledge, the difficulty to forgives: a drama but also a thriller, almost a horror movie lacerated by the flames.