Genre DNA focuses on contemporary artistic films which look back at classic and antiquated film genres, such as western, horror or slapstick, and renew them in different ways. It can be a stylisation, an homage, a reinterpretation, a remake – everything that aims to recreate an authentically original ambience and cinematic texture of those genres. After all, a true genre film is not merely a story: first of all, it is a style.
Films in ‘Genre DNA’
Fear ItselfCharlie Lyne IFFR 2016 88′
Horror is more than a term, genre or concept. Countless scenes from many films provide proof in an overwhelming montage. A voiceover takes the viewer by the hand and explains these scary moments, meticulously analysing the meaning of fear.
OwSuzuki Yohei IFFR 2016 89′
The most ‘political’ black-comedy noir from Japan since Oshima’s Death By Hanging, Suzuki Yohei’s mind-fuck of a movie runs rings around the genre. What makes one suburban family freeze, physically and mentally? Is there a sci-fi explanation? Or is Japan’s deep-rooted inertia to blame?
SharingShinozaki Makoto IFFR 2016 112′
Shinozaki Makoto’s mystery deals with the fall-out from the 2011 tsunami. A psychology professor and one of her students push their obsessions with personal loss and national trauma to the point where their sanity seems at risk. A noir vision tinged with fantasy-horror.
100 Yen LoveTake Masaharu IFFR 2016 113′
Take Masaharu’s Neo-Noir centres on a stupendous performance by Ando Sakura. She plays a seeming no-hoper whose doomed romance with a failed boxer leads her to take up boxing herself - and gives her an overdue reason to live. Seductively grungy.