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’
Good MannersMarco Dutra, Juliana Rojas IFFR 2018 135′
The nurse Clara gets a job as nanny for the rich and pregnant Ana, who suffers from insomnia. Her delivery at full moon ends fatally and, against her better judgement, Clara decides to care for the child. Sweet, sublimely styled horror film about unconditional love, with an occasional musical intermezzo.
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.
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.
Laissez bronzer les cadavresHélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani IFFR 2018 90′
Scorching sun, art, bullets and a suitcase full of gold create an explosive mix. A Mediterranean paradise becomes a brutal, stylised battlefield where two artists clash with a gang, greed with betrayal and jealousy with eroticism. Hallucinatory police thriller ode to Giallo film, the perfect Italian pulps from the 1960s.