Festivals

Imagine 2022 Review: EXHIBIT #8 Displays Dutch Found Footage Fun

This year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam featured no less than two Dutch genre world premières: the dystopic science fiction drama Sputum (reviewed here) and Rotterdam-based director Ruben Broekhuis' found footage thriller Exhibit #8. What? Yes, found footage. No, don't run...

International Genre Focused Hub 'Fantastic Pavilion' to Launch at Marche du Film at Cannes

Variety had the exclusive yesterday, an announcement of the creation of Fantastic Pavilion, "... a significant booth and exhibition space located at the Cannes Marché du Film in the Palais des Festivals".    Announced this week during Ventana Sur in...

Blood Window 2022: LatAm Genre Co-Pro Launches NFT Awards in Partnership With Film.io

We’ve been apologetically quiet about Blood Window for no other reason than the stress of regular life during the holiday season this year in particular pretty much took up all available time and energy. Terrible because a couple of my...

Los Cabos 2022 Review: THE BEASTS, A Potent and Complex Exploration of Mundane Violence

The Spanish-French production The Beasts (As bestas), directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, takes place in a Galician village, although its central characters are a couple of French farmers, who have been living there for a couple of years, Olga and Antoine,...

Imagine 2022 Review: SPUTUM Gobs At Class Differences

It isn't often that we see a science fiction film made in the Netherlands, especially an English-language one, but lo-and-behold: at this year's Imagine Film Festival there was a world première for just such a film: director Dan Geesin's dystopic...

Los Cabos 2022 Review: THE WHALE, One of Darren Aronofsky's Most Empathetic Films

Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale was the opening film of the eleventh edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which took place from November 9 to 13. Since its world premiere at the latest edition of the Venice Film Festival,...

American Film Market 2022: A Dozen Cool Flicks in the Pipeline

The 2022 edition of the American Film Market -- its first in-person event in three years -- came to an end last week, giving us film enthusiasts a sneak peek at certain titles of interest circling just around the bend....

Review: LA EXORCISTA, Heroine Nun Races Against Evil in Adrian Garcia Bogliano's Latest

Sister Ophelia arrives at the village of San Ramon, on time for a spell of trouble. Father Victor has been trying to protect one of the villagers, Sandra and her baby from a demon intent on possessing the unborn child....

Jihlava 2022 Review: SPARTA, Austrian Provocateur Ulrich Seidl Sparks More Controversy

The controversial veteran Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl delivers a brooding, contemplative film about a pedophile.

MONSTERS AND MOVIES: Horror Contemporaries to Screen And Talk About Horror Classics in Manchester

Our first mention of BFI's program In Dreams Are Monsters came back in August when we announced part of the program for another film festival in England. It is Grimmfest's turn as they prepare for Monsters and Movies, two days...

Morbido 2022: LA EXORCISTA Kicks Off This Year's Festival

With or without us Morbido soldiers on. For the third year in a row we find ourselves very much missing our friends and family at Morbido. It is for the best as safety is one of the festival's priorities. Barring...

Camera Japan Rotterdam 2022: THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME Is A Stunning Masterpiece

Apparently, there was some discord between the programmers of Camera Japan this year about Joe Odagiri's drama They Say Nothing Stays the Same. All liked the film but some thought it was too old, having seen its International première way...

DOC NYC 2022 Exclusive ELLIS Clip: Choosing Piano

Soon to premiere at DOC NYC, Sascha Just's Ellis tells the story of "a towering figure in the history of jazz." As the official synopsis informs, Ellis Marsalis "composed and performed major works of modern jazz infused with a uniquely...

New York 2022 Review: R.M.N., Skillful But Heavy-Handed Xenophobia Drama

Cristian Mungiu uses a cudgel to examine xenophobia in Eastern Europe when a scalpel might have sufficed.

SISU, HUESERA, IRATI, and Quentin Dupieux Win Big at Sitges 2022

The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia wrapped up this past weekend. The festival was fully back in person, and it was wonderful to experience the energy of this wonderful place once more. And to see so many amazing...

New York 2022 Review: WILL-O'-THE-WISP, Exuberant Gay Fantasia

João Pedro Rodrigues' Portuguese musical delivers the dance numbers along with a side of environmentalism.

New York 2022 Review: TRENQUE LAUQUEN, Binge-worthy South American Mystery Box

Director Laura Citarella's superb new opus, clocking in over four hours, strikes the balance between a Nicholas Sparks romance and a creature feature.

Lund Fantastic 2022: Full Lineup of 28th Edition Revealed

In exactly ten days the 28th edition of Lund Fantastic kicks off in the picturesque town in the south of Sweden (October 27 - November 5). As previously announced, the festival opens on October 27 with Carlota Pereda’s sensational Sundance...

Sitges 2022 Review: STORIES TO KEEP YOU AWAKE Season 2 Delights, Terrifies, Intensifies the Fears

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's series Historias para no dormir remains one of the most important and influential in Spanish television history; part Twilight Zone, part horror anthology, it has been revived a few times, in the early 2000s with works by...

Sitges 2022 Review: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS, Close Encounter of the Queer Kind

The road trip movie is tailor-made for the journey of self discovery; more so perhaps in North America, where the distances are long, the population sparse, and the lack of anything to do besides face yourself dominates. This can be...