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’
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 Love WitchAnna Biller IFFR 2016 120′
Elaine enchants men with her charms, consuming them by the net full. Yet this narcissistic witch reverses the traditional roles of the sexes. A sophisticated feminist message in a fantastic 1960s setting.
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.
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.