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’
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.
Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler IFFR 2016 132′
A bloody horror Western with Kurt Russell as a dauntless sheriff. He and his three sidekicks head out into the desert looking for kidnapped villagers and come across the breeding ground of a cannibalistic Indian tribe. A very wayward debut and a loving ode to exploitation films of yore.
NewsKitano Takeshi IFFR 2016 5′
Sardonic short by ‘Beat’ Takeshi (aka Kitano Takeshi), made for his latest TV show. Two cops in a car mull over some evidence.
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.