Rotterdam goes hardcore genre with an eclectic mix of films that brashly bend, blend or respect conventions each in their own distinctive way.
Films in ‘Rotterdämmerung’
NeomanilaMikhail Red IFFR 2018 101′
Welcome to Manila’s slums, now shady hunting grounds thanks to Duterte's bloody war on drugs. Homeless teen Toto is sucked into a vortex of violence in this grim, yet atmospherically acute thriller. Even the protection of an experienced female contract killer is of dubious value.
Satan's SlavesJoko Anwar IFFR 2018 106′
This idiosyncratic remake of the Indonesian horror classic from 1982 by versatile filmmaker Joko Anwar was the 2017 box office smash in his home country (over 4,000,000 tickets sold). After Rini's mother dies, her surviving family members are tormented by mysterious forces at their home adjacent to the cemetery.
The Cannibal ClubGuto Parente IFFR 2018 81′
Baking in the sun with a cocktail, a splash in the pool and the occasional chunk of human flesh. The stinking-rich Gilda and Octavio have a gruesome and kooky hobby. The Cannibal Club is a delightful dark-comic blow-up of the Brazilian super-rich and their ivory towers.
The VillainessJung Byunggil IFFR 2018 129′
Whether with an axe, a pistol or just her bare hands, new mother Sookhee disposes of her enemies in a kamikaze-like frenzy until she has avenged her father’s murder. The story is often reminiscent of Kill Bill, but the highlights mainly lie in the virtuosically-filmed action scenes.