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’
Green RoomJeremy Saulnier IFFR 2016 95′
A touring punk band finds itself facing a very unpleasant surprise in a shady club in Oregon. Their last-minute performance turns into a bloodbath and they have to pull out all the stops to arm themselves against extremely violent neo-Nazis. Nail-bitingly tense, nerve-wracking thriller.
Gonin SagaIshii Takashi IFFR 2016 130′
If the original Gonin was the Titanic of Yakuza movies, Ishii Takashi’s twenty-years-later sequel brings the tangle of reckless attacks, jealousies and resentments bang up to date. A stylish, all-star, ultra-hard-boiled vision of 'Yakuza DNA'.
The Childhood of a LeaderBrady Corbet IFFR 2016 116′
Impressive debut by young American director (and actor) Brady Corbet - with a small yet striking (double) role by Robert Pattinson - sketches the rise of fascism based on the childhood of a boy. The probing and ominous soundtrack by Scott Walker is performed live by the Codarts Symphony Orchestra. Closing film IFFR 2016.
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?