Seth A. Smith • Canada
Sat. Nov. 11 • 2pm • Cinemapolis
A mother and son move to a beachfront summer home to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. Sam, just past toddler age, starts to experience some strange phenomena that his mother, Beth, can hardly deal with because of her own grief. What began as a seaside getaway proves to be something wholly different.
Seth Smith’s (Lowlife, 2012) second feature film has solidified his important Canadian voice in filmmaking. With his own unmistakable visual obsessions and themes, Smith creates with THE CRESCENT an eerie work of cinema dealing with memory, family and grief in ways rarely seen in today’s film landscape.
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead • USA
Sun. Nov. 12 • 2pm • Cinemapolis
After escaping a cult years ago, a mysterious invitation prompts brothers Justin & Aaron to return as adults. Despite Justin’s hesitation, the brothers decide to go—but the duo, à la Laurel and Hardy—will have a difficult time facing some hard truths.
The real-life Aaron and Justin are back on the film scene! Their followup to their 2011 Ithaca Fantastik Audience Award-winner, THE ENDLESS is another successful effort from the duo, which is sure to blow people's minds.
Tini Tüllmann • Germany
Sun. Nov. 12 • 4pm • Cinemapolis
Accused of beating his wife to death, Freddy’s life turns upside down. When his childhood imaginary friend, Eddy—who happens to look exactly like him—then reappears, what begins as comfort and support quickly turns into something more threatening. Now it’s up to Freddy to uncover just how real Eddy is, and how he can be stopped... if at all.
Tini Tüllmann surprises with this fantastic tale about doubling and doppelgangers and the implications of identity. Her first feature film definitely puts Tüllmann on the map as a director to follow! Don’t miss this moving story—you will be drawn in from the first second of the movie and surprised by the original treatment given to it by this new voice in filmmaking!
Gabriela Amaral • Brazil
Sat. Nov. 4 • 6pm • Cinemapolis
When a botched late-night robbery at a Brazilian restaurant turns messy, the owner and staff’s inner demons suddenly arise and turn the rest of the night into a tense, deadly hostage situation. Both robbers and diners alike are tormented and interrogated as loyalties are tested in this tight, thrilling, and savage commentary on Brazilian culture and politics.
Gabriela Amaral tackles the revenge horror trope in an unexpected way, with subtle storytelling married to brutal visuals. This film doesn’t compromise. It’s bleak; it’s on point; it will take you hostage 10 minutes in and won’t release you until the credits starts rolling.
I Remember You
Óskar Thór Axelsson • Iceland
Sat. Nov. 4 • 8pm • Cinemapolis
A young couple moves from the city to renovate their home on a remote island off the coast of Iceland. The small village’s secrets start to affect and invade the couple’s life, leading to an eerie, unfortunate, and catastrophic series of events.
Adapted from the Icelandic book of the same name, I REMEMBER YOU will suck you into an atmospheric whodunit as only the Nordic can execute (think: Stieg Larsson). Exploring ghost-horror from a totally new perspective, and laced with subtle traces of noir, this film will frighten you...to death!
I Remember You
Robin Aubert • Canada
Sat. Nov. 11 • 10pm • Cinemapolis
Les Affamés (“The Hungry”) is the story of a remote village in Quebec that is ravaged by zombies and the assorted survivors who have to band together in order face their new reality. A quiet, subtle take on the zombie genre, this film will first draw you in with a dream-like rhythm and then let bloody chaos quickly take the reins.
Aubert definitely anchors his zombie film in the Romero camp of social commentary, but whereas George the Master doesn’t skimp on gory entertainment, Aubert employs a light touch to reveal a more arthouse take, via a refreshing path. One of the Fantastik discoveries of this year’s lineup!
Deborah Haywood • UK
Sat. Nov. 11 • 8pm • Cinemapolis
Ioana and her mother, Lyn, are excited to move to a new neighborhood and finally start a new life. As they try to cultivate new friendships with neighbors and school friends, they face a wall of incomprehension and judgment that drags them down into a spiral of events they can’t control and don’t understand.
Haywood’s PIN CUSHION is her feature film debut and a home run in every possible way. Dealing with the hard topic of intergenerational bullying, it is one of the most touching and heart-crushing films we’ve seen this year. Remember her name, as Deborah Haywood is sure to be a filmmaker to follow for years to come!
Adolfo J. Kolmerer & William James • Germany
Fri. Nov. 10 • 7:30pm • Cinemapolis
In a crime-ridden Berlin of the near future, an orphan (Xenia Assenza) and her bodyguard seek out the most violent killers possible for a mission of hired vengeance. What they don’t count on, however, is their targets discovering a mystical screenplay that dictates their past, present, and future. As the bounty hunters close in and the outlaws scramble to rewrite their fates, the concepts of vengeance, innocence, God, and family are all met with bloody consequences. Inventive and surreal, this passion project from Germany combines action with religion, life with fiction, and angels with dentists.
Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland • Norway
Sat. Nov. 4 • 10pm • Cinemapolis
Simple Norwegian farmhand Vidar lives a dull and oppressive life on his mother's farm—until, that is, Jesus Christ himself visits and turns Vidar into a vampire. Against a backdrop of dry and practical humor, Vidar attempts to simultaneously find himself and fit in with his new way of life, only to have his therapist confront him with fears he'd rather not face.
Berg’s low budget film is steeped in sarcasm, and definitely one of our favorite oddballs from this year’s IF! It’s erotic, disgusting, politically incorrect, and always crossing the line of what’s acceptable only to get back on track with its snappy and universal humour.