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’
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?
The Whispering StarSono Sion IFFR 2016 100′
A humanoid robot travels in her rickety, rented spaceship from planet to planet, delivering parcels. Meditative, minimalist and absurdist anti-sci-fi by all-rounder Sono Sion (Tokyo Tribe). The stunning, apocalyptic black-and-white images were shot near Fukushima's devastated nuclear power station.
High-RiseBen Wheatley IFFR 2016 119′
Stylised, virtuoso drama by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers). A doctor moves into a luxury apartment building, an autonomous community where everyone knows their proper place. Then a class rebellion develops and the residents unite in murderous gangs - with surrealist, hysterical and post-apocalyptic consequences.
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.