Fantasia International Film Festival 2020

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Sleep Sleep
Sleep and Marygoround
12 Hour Shift (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Brea Grant; Writer: Brea Grant; Stars: Angela Bettis, David Arquette, Chloe Farnworth, Mick Foley, Kit Williamson, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, Dusty Warren, Tom DeTrinis, Thomas Hobson, Julianne Dowler, Briana Lane, Taylor Alden, Scott Dean)
Nurse Mandy is just trying to make it through her double shift alive, but her nasty drug addiction, annoying coworkers, needy patients, and devious cousin are making it pretty tough, not to mention organ-stealing criminals and an injured convict.
Alone (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: John Hyams; Writer: Mattias Olsson; Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald)
A recently widowed traveller is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.
Anne At 13,000 ft (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2019; Director: Kazik Radwanski; Stars: Deragh Campbell, Matt Johnson, Dorothea Paas, Lawrene Denkers)
Even in her job at a children’s day care centre, Anne prefers fun to actual work and often alienates those around her with her erratic behaviour.
Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (Country: Japan; Year: 2009; Director: Hirokazu Koreeda; Writer: Yoshiie Goda, Hirokazu Koreeda; Stars: Du-na Bae, Arata, Itsuji Itao, Jô Odagiri, Sumiko Fuji, Tasuku Emoto, Mari Hoshino, Ryo Iwamatsu, Tomomi Maruyama, Miu Naraki, Masaya Takahashi, Susumu Terajima, Kimiko Yo)
A lifesize blow-up sex doll evelops human feelings.
Baby: The Secret Diary Of A Mom To Be (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2019; Director: Luk Yee Sum; Stars: Chan Dada, Cheung Louis, Yu Candice)
When a young married woman accidentally becomes pregnant, she bitterly resents it.
Kriya Kriya
Kriya and Patrick
Bleed With Me (Country: Canada; Year: 2021; Director: Amelia Moses; Writer: Amelia Moses; Stars: Lauren Beatty, Aris Tyros, Lee Marshall)
During a winter getaway at an isolated cabin, a self-destructive young woman becomes convinced that her best friend is stealing her blood.
The Block Island Sound (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus; Writer: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus; Stars: Michaela McManus, Jim Cummings, Neville Archambault, Ryan O'Flanaghan, Jeremy Holm)
A mysterious force lurks off the coast of Block Island, curiously influencing the surrounding town and wildlife.
Clapboard Jungle (Clapboard Jungle: Surviving The Independent Film Business) (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Justin McConnell; Stars: Guillermo del Toro, George A Romero, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Lloyd Kaufman, Brian Yuzna, Larry Fessenden, Frank Henenlotter, Uwe Boll, Mitch Davis)
Following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?
Class Action Park (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Seth Porges, Chris Charles Scott III; Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Chris Gethard, Jimmy Kimmel)
A documentary that focuses on a famously dangerous water park and its slew of injuries and crimes along with child safety concerns.
Climate Of The Hunter (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Mickey Reese; Writer: Mickey Reese, John Selvidge; Stars: Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss, Ben Hall)
Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette You Cannot Kill David Arquette
You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Bleed With Me
Cocoon (Kokon) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Leonie Krippendorff; Stars: Lena Urzendowsky, Jella Haase, Lena Klenke, Elina Vildanova, Anja Schneider)
Nora grows through observation. Always at her big sister’s side, she drifts around the housing blocks and sees people being in love, being high, spiteful and tender. When Nora meets Romy, she suddenly feels trapped in her own skin, and she starts to recognize her true self.
The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2019; Director: Ivo van Aart; Writer: Daan Windhorst; Stars: Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen)
Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she has enough and decides to take revenge.
Come True (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Anthony Scott Burns; Writer: Anthony Scott Burns, Daniel Weissenberger; Stars: Landon Liboiron, Skylar Radzion, Julia Sarah Stone)
Plagued by disturbing dreams and unable to go home, a teenager is relieved to find help at a university sleep study, but unwittingly becomes the channel to a horrifying new discovery.
Cosmic Candy (Country: France, Greece; Year: 2019; Director: Rinio Dragasaki; Writer: Rinio Dragasaki, Katerina Kaklamani; Stars: Evi Dovelou, Dimitris Drosos, Maria Kitsou)
When a young girl's father suddenly disappears, her weirdo neighbour - an eccentric supermarket cashier - is forced to take care of her.
A Costume For Nicholas (Un Disfraz Para Nicolas) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Eduardo Rivera; Writer: Miguel Ángel Uriegas)
Nicholas, a ten-year-old with Down Syndrome, has a grand collection of costumes his mother made him, but as he and his resentful and troubled cousin David find out, just because it’s make-believe doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Minor Premise Minor Premise
Minor Premise and La Dosis
Crazy Samurai Musashi (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Yûji Shimomura; Writer: Sion Sono; Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Akihiko Sai)
A 77-minute, one-scene, no-cut action sequence in which samurai Miyamoto defeats 588 enemies, one after the other.
The Curse Of Audrey Earnshaw (The Ballad Of Audrey Earnshaw) (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Thomas Robert Lee; Writer: Thomas Robert Lee; Stars: Jared Abrahamson, Hannah Emily Anderson, Catherine Walker, Don McKellar)
A mother and daughter are suspected of witchcraft by their devout rural community.
The Day Of The Beast (Country: Spain; Year: 1995; Director: Álex de la Iglesia; Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia; Stars: Álex Angulo, Santiago Segura, Armando de Razza, Terele Pávez, Nathalie Seseña, Maria Grazia Cucinotta )
A Basque priest discovers that the Antichrist is due to be born in Madrid on Christmas Day and sets out to avert the apocalypse with the help of a heavy metal fan and a television psychic.
The Dark And The Wicked (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Bryan Bertino; Writer: Bryan Bertino; Stars: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Tom Nowicki, Ella Ballentine, Mel Cowan, Mindy Raymond, Chris Doubek, Michael Zagst, Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews)
On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.
Death Of Nintendo (Country: Philippines, US; Year: 2020; Director: Raya Martin; Writer: Valerie Castillo Martinez; Stars: Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, John Vincent Servilla, Jiggerfelip Sementilla, Elijah Alejo)
Hunting ghosts to impress girls. Undergoing circumcision in order to finally become a man. A pop homage to puberty and adolescence.
Morgana Morgana
Morgana and The Oak Room
Detention (Fanxiao) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2019; Director: John Hsu; Writer: Shih-Keng Chien, Lyra Fu; Stars: Gingle Wang, Meng-Po Fu, Jing-Hua Tseng, Cecilia Choi, Hung Chang Chu)
A high school student falls in love with the teacher who organises a secret book club in contravention of the White Terror martial law.
Dinner In America (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Adam Rehmeier; Writer: Adam Rehmeier; Stars: Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Lea Thompson, Hannah Marks, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Griffin Gluck, Nick Chinlund, Ryan Malgarini, Pat Healy, Nico Greetham, David Yow, Brittany Sheets, Brian Andrus, Robert Laenen, Ricky Wayne)
An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman he meets by chance embark on an offbeat romance.
La Dosis (The Dose) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Martin Kraut; Writer: Martin Kraut; Stars: Carlos Portaluppi, Ignacio Rogers, Lorena Vega)
Marcos is an experienced nurse. He works in the night shift of a provincial private clinic. He is applied and professional but has a secret: in some extreme cases he applies euthanasia. Then he meets a handsome young nurse who kills patients on a whim.
Feels Good Man (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Arthur Jones; Writer: Giorgio Angelini, Matt Furie, Arthur Jones, Aaron Wickenden)
When indie comic character Pepe the Frog becomes an unwitting icon of hate, his creator, artist Matt Furie, fights to bring Pepe back from the darkness and navigate America's cultural divide.
The Five Rules Of Success (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Orson Oblowitz; Writer: Orson Oblowitz; Stars: Santiago Segura, Isidora Goreshter, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jonathan Howard)
An enterprising ex-convict overcomes tragedy by designing his own path to success within a society that failed him.
The Dark And The Wicked The Dark And The Wicked
The Dark And The Wicked and Monster Seafood Wars
Fly Me To The Saitama (Tonde Saitama) (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Hideki Takeuchi; Writer: Tomokazu Tokunaga, based on the manga by Mineo Maya; Stars: Kumiko Asô, Gackt, Yûsuke Iseya)
In a world where people are discriminated against based on their birthplace, a resident of the much-reviled Saitama Prefecture embarks on a revolutionary campaign to improve things for his home.
For The Sake Of Vicious (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen; Writer: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen; Stars: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine, TJ Kennedy, James Fler, Erin Stuart)
An innocent nurse, a tortured maniac and a suspicious hostage face off against a wave of violent intruders as they descend upon their place of refuge on Halloween night.
Free Country (Freies Land) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Christian Alvart; Stars: Trystan Pütter, Nurit Hirschfeld, Felix Kramer, Oleksandr Pecherytsia, Uwe Dag Berlin, Leonard Kunz)
Two detectives investigate the disappearance of two teenage sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide - including the bodies.
Fried Barry (Country: South Africa; Year: 2020; Director: Ryan Kruger; Writer: Ryan Kruger; Stars: Gary Green, Brett Williams, Joey Cramer, Sean Cameron Michael, Steve Wall)
Barry is a drug-addled, abusive bastard who - after yet another bender - is abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as an alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town.
Fugitive Dreams (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Jason Neulander; Writer: Jason Neulander, based on the play by Caridad Svich; Stars: April Matthis, Robbie Tann, Scott Shepherd, O-Lan Jones)
In this allegorical road movie touching on issues of homelessness, mental health, and addiction, two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love.
The Day Of The Beast The Day Of The Beast
The Day Of The Beast and Feels Good Man
Fukuchan Of Fukufuku Flats (Fukufukusou No Fukuchan) (Country: Japan; Year: 2014; Director: Yosuke Fujita; Writer: Yosuke Fujita; Stars: Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Kanji Furutachi, Kami Hiraiwa)
A painter is unexpectedly reunited with his lost love.
Goddess Of The Fireflies (La Déesse Des Mouches à Feu) (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette; Stars: Kelly Depeault, Éléonore Loiselle, Caroline Néron, Normand D'Amour, Robin L’Houmeau)
Sex, drugs, love and death – for Cat it’s a year of first times and radical experimentation. With her parents in the midst of a nasty divorce, the 16-year-old seeks solace and liberation in ecstatic states.
Gunda (Country: Norway, US; Year: 2020; Director: Victor Kossakovsky)
Pigs, cows and chickens. Intimate portraits of living beings who wind up dead on a plate every day.
Hail To The Deadites (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Steve Villeneuve; Writer: Steve Villeneuve; Stars: Patricia Tallman, Ellen Sandweiss, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Dan Hicks, Betsy Baker)
A documentary about fans of the Evil Dead films.
Hunted (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2020; Director: Vincent Paronnaud; Writer: Vincent Paronnaud, Léa Pernollet; Stars: Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, Ciaran O'Brien)
A woman who trusted the wrong man must use all her resources to survive - but the forest is on her side.
Gunda Gunda
Gunda and Me And Me
H Is For Happiness (Country: Australia; Year: 2019; Director: John Sheedy; Stars: Daisy Axon, Wesley Patten, Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Joel Jackson)
Candice Phee has no end of enthusiasm when it comes to making other people happy.
I WeirDo (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2020; Director: Ming-Yi Liao; Writer: Ming-Yi Liao; Stars: Nikki Hsieh, Austin Lin)
Two OCD lovebirds, both obsessed with perpetual cleanliness, experience the trials of first love and the harsh reality of leaving their safety bubbles.
Jesters: The Game Changers (Country: South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Kim Joo-ho; Writer: Kim Joo-ho; Stars: Cho Jin-woong, Kim Seul-gi, Park Hee-soon)
Deok Ho and his gang make ends meet by racketeering around the country. Han Myeong Hoe, King Sejo's right-hand man, thinks highly of their talents and encourages them to work for the country.
Jumbo (Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Zoé Wittock; Writer: Zoé Wittock; Stars: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck)
Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. That’s when Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park’s new flagship attraction...
Kakegurui (Elga: Kakegurui, Kakegurui The Movie) (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa; Writer: Tsutomu Hanabusa, based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto; Stars: Minami Hamabe, Mahiro Takasugi, Aoi Morikawa)
At an elite school where everything is based around gambling, a dispute between factions creates an opportunity for an ambitious student to try and outsmart all the others.
Legally Declared Dead Legally Declared Dead
Legally Declared Dead and The Mortuary Collection
Kriya (Country: India; Year: 2020; Director: Sidharth Srinivasan; Writer: Sidharth Srinivasan; Stars: Navjot Randhawa, Noble Luke, Avantika Akerkar)
A DJ encounters a beautiful woman at a club, goes back to her home, and finds himself thrust into a nightmare odyssey of ritual magic, patriarchal death customs and unusual family conflict.
Labyrinth Of Cinema (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi; Writer: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi; Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Takuro Atsuki, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Takahito Hosoyomada)
A group of young people travel back in time when they are in a cinema just before closing time. They witness deaths during the closing days of Japan's feudal times and on the battlefront in China before they are sent to Hiroshima just before the atomic bombing of the city.
Lapsis (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Noah Hutton; Writer: Noah Hutton; Stars: Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard, Dora Madison, Ivory Aquino, James McDaniel, Frank Wood, Arliss Howard, Pooya Mohseni, Portia)
After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market.
Legally Declared Dead (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2019; Director: Yuen Kim-wai; Writer: Yuen Kim-wai, based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi; Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Kar Yan Lam, Carlos Chan)
When an insurance agent discovers the corpse of a young boy, he becomes convinced that the child's stepdad must have murdered him for the insurance money.
The Legend Of Baron To'a (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2020; Director: Kiel McNaughton; Writer: John Argall; Stars: Uli Latukefu, Nathaniel Lees, Jay Laga'aia)
A young Tongan man grapples with his wrestling superstar father Baron To'a's legacy, both metaphorically and literally following in his deceased father's footsteps by fighting for the return of his dad's stolen championship belt.
Woman Of The Photographs Woman Of The Photographs
Woman Of The Photographs and A Costume For Nicholas
Life: Untitled (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Kana Yamada; Writer: Kana Yamada; Stars: Sairi Ito, Reiko Kataoka, Aimi Satsukawa, Yuri Tsunematsu)
A closed-room drama about the hardships and resilience of a group of young women working in the escort industry.
Los Conductos (Country: France, Colombia, Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Camilo Restrepo; Writer: Camilo Restrepo; Stars: Fernando Úsaga Higuíta, Luis Felipe Lozano, Fernando Úsaga Higuíta, Luis Felipe Lozano)
Pinky is on the run. Ghosts are chasing him through an empty, apocalyptic city.
Los Lobos (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: Samuel Kishi Leopo; Stars: Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Martha Reyes Arias, Cici Lau, Johnson T Lau)
Young brothers Max and Leo dream of going to Disneyland, but having just emigrated from Mexico to the USA they first have to settle in their new homeland. And they have to stick to the seven rules their mother has set down for them.
Lucky (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Natasha Kermani; Writer: Brea Grant; Stars: Brea Grant, Hunter C Smith, Kristina Klebe, Kausar Mohammed, Dhruv Uday Singh)
A suburban woman fights to be believed as she finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night.
Marygoround (Maryjki) (Country: Poland; Year: 2020; Director: Daria Woszek; Writer: Sylwester Piechura, Aleksandra Swierk; Stars: Grazyna Misiorowska, Janusz Chabior, Barbara Kurzaj, Magdalena Kolesnik)
When a small town grocery workers gets hormone replacement therapy, she undergoes a sexual awakening - but with something darker lurking just under the surface.
Yummy Yummy
Yummy and A Mermaid In Paris
A Mermaid In Paris (Une Sirene A Paris) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Mathias Malzieu; Writer: Stéphane Landowski, Mathias Malzieu; Stars: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Marilyn Lima, Rossy de Palma, Romane Bohringer, Alexis Michalik)
A man rescues a mermaid and gradually falls in love with her.
Me And Me (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Jung Jin-young; Writer: Jung Jin-young; Stars: Bae Soo-bin, Cha Su-yeon, Cho Jin-woong, Jung Hae-Kyun)
A police detective investigating a tragedy in a small town wakes up one morning to find he’s no longer who he thought he was – or so the locals lead him to believe.
Milocrorze: A Love Story (Mirokurôze) (Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi; Writer: Yoshimasa Ishibashi; Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Anna Ishibashi, Sayaka Fukita)
A mish-mash of past and present; A childlike man, a counsellor, and a one-eyed ronin are all connected.
Minor Premise (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Eric Schultz; Writer: Justin Moretto, Eric Schultz; Stars: Sathya Sridharan, Paton Ashbrook, Purva Bedi, Nikolas Kontomanolis)
Attempting to surpass his father's legacy, a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own experiment, pitting ten fragments of his consciousness against each other.
Monster Seafood Wars (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Minoru Kawasaki; Writer: Minoru Kawasaki, Masakazu Migita; Stars: Yûya Asato, Ayano Yoshida Christie, Hide Fukumoto, Kei Grant, Hikomaro)
A young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the water.
Hunted Hunted
Hunted and The Block Island Sound
Morgana (Country: Australia; Year: 2019; Director: Josie Hess, Isabel Peppard; Writer: Josie Hess, Isabel Peppard; Stars: Morgana Muses, Scarlet Blissand, Anna Brownfield, Kim Cums)
A lonely housewife's plan to end it all takes an unexpected turn when her last hurrah begins a radical journey of sexual exploration and personal re-invention.
The Mortuary Collection (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Ryan Spindell; Writer: Ryan Spindell; Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer)
Sam inquires about a Help Wanted sign outside a funeral home and in her interview with owner Montgomery Dark, four gruesomely disturbing stories are told.
Mum, Mum, Mum (Mamá, Mamá, Mamá) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière; Stars: Agustina Milstein, Chloé Cherchyk, Camila Zolezzi, Matilde Creimer Chiabrando, Siumara Castillo)
Erin has drowned and her sister Cleo has to come to terms with a changed reality. Memories and pain cut into the present – but so, too, do new experiences.
My Name Is Baghdad (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Caru Alves de Souza; Stars: Grace Orsato, Karina Buhr, Marie Maymone, Helena Luz, Nick Batista)
With her hair short, trousers pulled up high and sweater tucked into the waistband, 17-year-old Baghdad from São Paulo spends her days skateboarding with her mates. But her world of swag and freedom is also tainted by sexism and violence.
My Punch-Drunk Boxer (Country: South Korea; Director: Jung Hyuk-ki; Stars: Jun-yong Choi, Tae-goo Eom, Hee-won Kim)
A former professional boxer who has received a devastating diagnosis returns to the ring to pick up what made him famous in the first place: a unique style known as ‘Pansori boxing’ – utilising the flow and rhythms of traditional Korean drumming.
Undergods Undergods
Undergods and Class Action Park
No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku: Dazai Osamu To 3-nin No Onnatachi) (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Mika Ninagawa; Writer: Kaeko Hayafune; Stars: Yûdai Chiba, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kengo Kôra, Rie Miyazawa)
A biopic about the novelist Osamu Dazai.
The Oak Room (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Cody Calahan; Writer: Peter Genoway; Stars: RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge, Ari Millen, Nicholas Campbell, Martin Roach)
During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.
The Old Man Movie (The Old Man: The Movie, Vanamehe Film) (Country: Estonia; Year: 2019; Director: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi; Writer: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi; Stars: Märt Avandi, Jaagup Kreem, Mart Kukk, Jan Uuspõld)
A couple of city kids are dropped off for the summer at the grandfather’s farm for a taste of country living, but when his precious cow escapes, a hair-raising hellride of back-country horrors, gross-out gags, and rural surrealism breaks loose.
Paper Tigers (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Quoc Bao Tran; Writer: Quoc Bao Tran; Stars: Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Raymond Ma, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Matthew Page, Yuji Okumoto, Yoshi Sudarso)
Three kung fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death.
Patrick (De Patrick) (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Tim Mielants; Writer: Tim Mielants, Benjamin Sprengers; Stars: Jemaine Clement, Kevin Janssens, Hannah Hoekstra, Jan Bijvoet, Bouli Lanners, Pierre Bokma, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Frank Vercruyssen, Katelijne Damen, Peter Gorissen, Tine Van den Wyngaert, Josse De Pauw, Janne Desmet, Ariane Van Vliet, Louis van der Waal)
Patrick lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his dad dies and he finds himself in charge he has other things on his mind... namely a quest for his lost hammer.
For The Sake Of Vicious For The Sake Of Vicious
For The Sake Of Vicious and Paper Tigers
Perdida (Country: Argentina, Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Jorge Michel Grau; Writer: Jorge Maestro, based on the book by Florencia Etcheves; Stars: Mara Alberto, Carlos Alcantára, Juan Ignacio Cane)
A policewoman, whose childhood friend disappeared in Patagonia years ago, starts a new search to find answers and soon finds her own life in danger.
Project Dreams - How To Build Mazinger Z's Hangar (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa; Stars: Riki Hona, Yukino Kishii, Keita Machida, Mahiro Takasugi, Yusuke Uechi)
An engineering team from the Maeda Corporation is ordered to draft blueprints for the fictional storage facility for giant robot Mazinger Z.
The Prophet And The Space Aliens (Country: Israel, Austria, South Africa; Year: 2020; Director: Yoav Shamir; Writer: Yoav Shamir; Stars: Claude Vorilhon)
The story of Rael, who established a religion after allegedly being kidnapped by aliens.
PVT Chat (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Ben Hozie; Writer: Ben Hozie; Stars: Julia Fox, Peter Vack, Buddy Duress)
Jack is an internet gambler living in NYC who becomes fixated on Scarlet - a cam girl from San Francisco. His obsession reaches a boiling point when fantasy materialises in reality and Jack sees Scarlet on a rainy Chinatown street.
The Reckoning (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Neil Marshall; Writer: Edward Evers-Swindell, Charlotte Kirk; Stars: Sean Pertwee, Charlotte Kirk, Steven Waddington, Joe Anderson, Ian Whyte)
A period thriller set in 1665 during the Great Plague and subsequent witch hunts.
Clapboard Jungle Clapboard Jungle
Clapboard Jungle and Special Actors
Ròm (Rom) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2019; Director: Tran Thanh Huy; Writer: Tran Thanh Huy; Stars: Jayvee Mai The Hiep, Tran Anh Khoa, Cat Phuong)
Street kids in Ho Chi Minh City make a living selling lottery tickets and divining lucky numbers.
Sanzaru (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Xia Magnus; Writer: Xia Magnus; Stars: Aina Dumlao, Justin Arnold, Matthew Albrecht)
As dementia engulfs her employer, a fragile home health aide begins to question her own sanity.
Savage State (Country: France, Canada, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: David Perrault; Writer: David Perrault; Stars: Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé)
When the American Civil War breaks out, a family of french settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. They're escorted by a former mercenary whose troubled past soon catches up with him.
Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Lloyd Kaufman; Writer: Brandon Bassham, Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel Friedman and Frazer Brown, based on the play by William Shakespeare; Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Patrick Miller, Abraham Sparrow, Kate McGarrigle, Amanda Flowers)
Troma takes on The Tempest, against the backdrop of the US opioid crisis.
Sisters In The End Of The World (Irmã) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes; Stars: Maria Galant, Anaís Grala Wegner, Felipe Kannenberg, Marina Mendo, Nicholas Perlin)
Two sisters travel to southern Brazil in search of their father. On the way, they see mysterious beings, fossils and rare natural events.
Climate Of The Hunter Climate Of The Hunter
Climate Of The Hunter and Fugitive Dreams
Slaxx (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Elza Kephart; Writer: Patricia Gomez, Elza Kephart; Stars: Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong)
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to Libby, an idealistic young salesclerk, to stop its bloody rampage.
Sleep (Schlaf) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Michael Venus; Writer: Thomas Friedrich, Michael Venus; Stars: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer)
Marlene, a woman plagued by horrific dreams, suffers a breakdown in a remote village. As her daughter Mona follows, she comes upon a well-kept family secret and an old curse that ultimately threatens her life - a never-ending nightmare.
Special Actors (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda; Writer: Shin'ichirô Ueda; Stars: Nozomi de Lencquesaing, Aver Hamilton II, Hayate Masao)
An amateur actor with a nervous condition that makes him faint at the slightest sign of stress joins an agency which employs actors to stage real-life situations. Being a stand-in at a wedding or a funeral is one thing, but soon he must infiltrate a cult.
Survival Skills (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Quinn Armstrong; Writer: Quinn Armstrong; Stars: Stacy Keach, Vayu O'Donnell, Spencer Garrett)
Survival Skills is a lost training video from the 1980s. In it, Jim, the perfect policeman, gets in over his head when he tries to resolve a domestic violence case outside the law.
Tezuka's Barbara (Country: Japan, UK, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Makoto Tezuka; Writer: Hisako Kurosawa, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka; Stars: Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaidô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa)
An author develops a near-insane obsession with a mysterious woman.
Hail To The Deadites Hail To The Deadites
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Time Of Moulting (Fellwechselzeit) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Sabrina Mertens; Writer: Sabrina Mertens; Stars: Zelda Espenschied, Miriam Schiweck, Freya Kreutzkam, Bernd Wolf)
Ignored by her mentally ill mother and largely absent father, a young girl retreats into an inner world of barbaric fantasies, with brutal consequences.
Tiny Tim - King For A Day (Country: Croatia, Norway, Sweden, US; Year: 2020; Director: Johan von Sydow; Writer: Martin Daniel; Stars: Richard Barone, Weird A Yankovic, Wavy Gravy, Tommy James, Konas Mekas, DA Pennabaker)
A documentary portrait of one of the oddest careers in showbiz.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Koichiro Miki; Writer: Emiko Hiramatsu; Stars: Sota Fukushi, Yuko Takeuchi, Mitsuki Takahata)
A young man searches for a new home for his beloved cat.
Undergods (Country: UK, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia, Sweden; Year: 2020; Director: Chino Moya; Writer: Chino Moya; Stars: Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig, Michael Gould, Hayley Carmichael, Ned Dennehy, Khalid Abdalla, Eric Godon, Tanya Reynolds, Tadhg Murphy, Jan Bijvoet, Kate Dickie, Sam Louwyck, Adrian Rawlins, Slavko Labovic, Jonathan Case)
An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline - a collection of darkly humorous, fantasy tales about ill-fated characters and doomed fortune.
The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Mauro Iván Ojeda; Writer: Mauro Iván Ojeda; Stars: Luís Machín, Celeste Gerez, Camila Vaccarini)
An undertaker's dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous but nonviolent ghosts - but then a malevolent entity arrives.
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Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku and Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm
Unearth (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: John C Lyons, Dorota Swies; Writer: Kelsey Goldberg, John C Lyons; Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, Brooke Sorenson, Allison McAtee, PJ Marshall, Rachel McKeon)
The relationship between two neighbouring farm families is strained when one of them chooses to lease land to an oil and gas company - and something long dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth's surface, is released.
Vertigo (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Jeon Gye-soo; Writer: Jeon Gye-soo; Stars: Chun Woo-hee)
A young woman has climbed high up the company ladder, but her life is more precarious than it seems and her anxieties begin manifesting as intense vertigo. Then she meets a window cleaner.
Voices In The Wind (Kaze No Denwa) (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Nobuhiro Suwa; Stars: Serena Motola, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Makiko Watanabe)
Eight years after the devastating tsunami, the wounds it left in Japan have still not healed. In her touching search for answers, Haru sets out on a long, eventful journey to her home town, where she lost her family in the flood.
Wildland (Kød & Blod) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2020; Director: Jeanette Nordahl; Writer: Ingeborg Topsøe; Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Elliott Crosset Hove, Carla Philip Røder, Sofie Torp, Henrik Vestergaard, Besir Zeciri, Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Joachim Fjelstrup, Rikke Bilde, Omar Shargawi, Benjamin Kitter, Maria Esther Lemvigh, Marie Knudsen Fogh, Frida Sejersen, Sidse Babett Knudsen)
After her mother’s death, Ida moves in with her aunt and cousins... whose ethics are dubious.
A Witness Out Of The Blue (Fan Zui Xian Chang) (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2019; Director: Chi Keung Fung; Writer: Chi Keung Fung; Stars: Louis Koo, Jessica Hester Hsuan, Louis Cheung)
A bungling detective investigates a jewel heist.
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Woman Of The Photographs (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Takeshi Kushida; Stars: Hideki Nagai, Itsuki Otaki, Toshiaki Inomata, Toki Koinuma)
A misogynistic photographer discovers for the first time in his life the joys of loving a woman, by helping her in her perceptions of herself with his retouching skills.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku (Wotaku ni koi wa muzukashii) (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Yûichi Fukuda; Writer: Yûichi Fukuda; Stars: Mitsuki Takahata, Kento Yamazaki, Nanao, Takumi Saitoh, Kento Kaku, Maaya Uchida)
When two childhood friends find themselves working in the same office, romance is on the cards, but it's complicated by their various forms of geekery.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: David Darg, Price James; Writer: David Darg, Price James; Stars: David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Courteney Cox, Ric Flair)
Actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career.
Yummy (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Lars Damoiseaux; Writer: Lars Damoiseaux, Eveline Hagenbeek; Stars: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon)
When a young man releases a woman he finds strapped to a gurney in a shade plastic surgery clinic, he doesn't realise that he's unleashing a zombie plague.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

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A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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