Mrs. Fairytale and Mrs. Emerald: two friends who share secrets, recipes and dissatisfactions with each other inside a model 1950s American home. Windows and sunsets which recall Douglas Sirk (and Todd Haynes), Grace Kelly-style clothes, hairstyles and ambiguity, in the film version of the 2015 comedy by Filippo Timi, who also stars (in drag), alongside Lucia Mascino. A tour de force by director Sebastiano Mauri, humor tinged with drama (and vice versa), the strength to live your own life.
The alpha male role of an arrogant intellectual is shattered when, after a sidewalk quarrel, a motorcyclist molests his wife and he is unable to react. Revenge becomes an obsession but it’s also the beginning of an even worse nightmare. By the director of The Man with the Orange Jacket, presented at TFF32, a taut psychological thriller which delves into male fears with intelligence and disorients the spectator.
A board game, the Game of Death, has just one rule: if you don’t kill someone, your head will explode in 20 minutes. Seven unsuspecting young people participate, at their own expense. Imagine Jumanji played Battle Royale- and Natural Born Killers-style, with frequent and abundant splashes of blood which are straight out of the ‘80s: a very fast-paced, violent and cynical horror movie, a tour de force for fans in the mood for rabid splatter.
Flying Lotus, a California musician and rapper, debuts with a film which is sure to cause a stir. In a post-Big One Los Angeles, we follow the parallel lives of a few survivors, amid gigantic nightmarish insects, organic decomposition, scatological obsessions and genital mutilations. A body horror movie obsessed with pop art, which it references, it subsumes, digests and expels the cinema of Cronenberg, Tsukamoto, Korine, Švankmajer, and the Quay Brothers.
A group of survivors has to deal with a zombie apocalypse in the outlands of Quebec, amid forests, meadows and isolated houses. Canada’s Robin Aubert, at his fifth film, makes one of the most successful, intelligent and scary zombie movies in recent years, mixing together new ideas and fundamental rules, playing with suspension, sounds, gore, humor and almost Antonioni-like metaphysics. A cross between The Walking Dead and The Wicker Man.
Young, beautiful and penniless in New York, the Spaniard Luciana accepts a strange job: she has to show up at a mysterious party wearing an evening gown and can only be looked at. Things turn disturbing and dangerous once she gets there. Debut filmmaker Ana Asensio wrote, directed and acts in this psychological thriller labeled Glass Eye Pix, or rather, Larry Fessenden. Halfway between Polanski’s Repulsion and Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, with an added touch of sociological naturalism.
A girl, Jen: young, sexy and Lolita-like. Her lover, Richard: rich, married and macho. A very modern villa all mirrors and glitter, in the middle of the desert. When two hunter friends of Richard’s arrive, the romantic weekend turns into an unwanted – and brutal - party. An unbridled and ironical female revenge movie, directed by Coralie Fargeat, which follows in the footsteps of French Grand Guignol horror and features the “mutant” Matilda Lutz. To redeem the weaker sex.
The powerful Mancini family runs the shady dealings in a suburb of Rome. When Riccardo returns home after being “cured” at the psychiatric clinic where he lived for years, a bloody struggle for power erupts. The fearful Queen Mother reigns supreme. Massimo Ranieri and Sonia Bergamasco in a psychedelic, musical version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s most gothic and violent tragedy. Roberta Torre directs with a dark and enthralling touch.
Almost contemporaneously, a solitary aficionado of vintage videogames comes across the girl he’s crazy about and a mysterious and hypnotic arcade which might take his life. Nostalgia for the 8-bit videogames of the 1980s combines with regret for the techno-carnal cinema of the Cronenberg who made Videodrome and eXistenZ, in this debut indie film which mixes love and nightmares, as organic as it is inorganic.