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 inside ‘Genre DNA’
OwSuzuki Yohei 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?
NewsKitano Takeshi 5′
Sardonic short by ‘Beat’ Takeshi (aka Kitano Takeshi), made for his latest TV show. Two cops in a car mull over some evidence.
Aaaaaaaah!Steve Oram 80′
How might the world look if people lived like apes? Then the mating call makes an entrance and people urinate in all corners of the house to leave their scent behind. In this dry and humorous film, it’s scarily apparent that as humans we don’t really differ that much from apes.
High-RiseBen Wheatley 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.