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Series


Cinema Pur


Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse

Lukas Feigelfeld • Germany

Sun. Nov. 5 • 2pm • Cinemapolis

Albrun lives with her mother in a remote village in the Alps. They scratch out a living milking goats in seclusion, shunned by the majority of the village for being a fatherless family. One day, her mother takes ill and Albrun’s world is changed forever.

From Austin’s Fantastic Fest to Sitges and London’s BFI, Feigelfeld’s HAGAZUSSA has blown collective minds. The direction and storytelling are masterfully handled while Baqueiro’s cinematography elevates the film to new levels. Come discover these new voices of German cinema. It will be one of the most talked about films at IF. Believe us!

Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse


Inflame

Ceylan Özgün Özçelik • Turkey

Sat. Nov. 4 • 2pm • Cinemapolis

News network employee Hasret is unsettled by media censorship as anti-government news stories are increasingly kept quiet. On top of troubles at work, she keeps having the same nightmare. Through the recurring dream, a question creeps into her mind: Is it possible that her parents were not killed in a traffic accident twenty years ago?

Özçelik’s sociopolitical film is exactly what we seek for our CINEMA PUR competition: it takes visual and narrative risks to create an unconventional and touching story. Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear while the credits roll.

Inflame


Let The Corpses Tan

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani • France | Belgium

Sun. Nov. 5 • 10pm • Cinemapolis

Ahh, the Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun...and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They think they have discovered the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet occupied by an artist in search of inspiration. Unfortunately, surprise guests—and two cops—compromise their plan.

Cattet and Forzani (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) are at it again and, as usual, they do not disappoint! Visually stunning and narratively challenging, LET THE CORPSES TAN is definitely one of the gems of this competition!

Let The Corpses Tan


November

Rainer Sarnet • Estonia | Netherlands | Poland

Sun. Nov. 5 • 6pm • Cinemapolis

In a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, the villagers' main problem is surviving the cold, dark winter. To that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, from spirits, the devil, and Christ. Based on best-selling Estonian novel "Rehepapp" by Andrus Kivirähk, NOVEMBER addresses longing for and selling your soul—and even living without one.

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Tigers Are Not Afraid

Issa López • Mexico

Sat. Nov. 11 • 4pm • Cinemapolis

Alone and afraid, Estrella makes a wish: that her mother will come home. But her wish-come-true has eerie consequences. Seeking solace, Estrella joins a gang of other children orphaned by the drug war. In a nameless and ruined city, they tell each other stories of princes, faeries, and tigers who never feel fear—and always get revenge.

Fantastik favorite Issa López brings us a dark, violent, and unexpectedly lyrical tale of horror and loss, courage and survival—of what gets left behind and what always returns. Do not miss this beautiful and devastating film

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Top Knot Detective

Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce • Australia | Japan

Sun. Nov. 5 • 4pm • Cinemapolis

How do you feel about masterless samurai who wander the countryside looking for vengeance, solving mysteries, and battling hordes of villains from Amazonian cannibal lesbians to giant robots and kittens? How do you feel about combining all that with public access late night television from the 90s? If the answer is “it’s everything I never knew I always wanted” then this is the mockumentary for you. TOP KNOT DETECTIVE is an action-packed and loving parody for fans of Danger 5 and Lone Wolf and Cub.

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Festival Favorites


Jailbreak

Jimmy Henderson • Cambodia

Sat. Nov. 4 • 4pm • Cinemapolis

A special task force finds themselves trapped when inmates take over a prison. They’ll have to fight their way out. To make matters worse, they also must protect a key witness from falling into the hands of Madame Butterfly…or else.

JAILBREAK is like The Raid with an injection of 1,000cc of pure adrenaline. The action scenes are ALL long takes with few cuts, just like how they did things in Hong Kong in the 80s! And, guess what? It’s refreshing as fuck. Come see some of the most badass action sequences on this year’s big screen—you WILL thank us after!

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Kaleidoscope

Rupert Jones • UK

Fri. Nov. 10 • 10:00pm • Cinemapolis

Fresh out of prison, Carl’s life is calm and quiet—until some online dating provides him with a bubbly, attractive distraction. As he preps for his date, however, Carl’s night takes an unexpected turn and reveals a Hitchcockian puzzle replete with mother, murder, and metaphors.

Rupert Jones’s sophomore film is the perfect companion piece for this year’s retrospective as it is a pitch-perfect blend of Giallo and British murder mysteries. Starring the unnerving and hilarious Toby Jones (Rupert’s brother, star of Berberian Sound Studio), KALEIDOSCOPE is one of the darkest, tightest rides we’ve got this year. You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll shriek.

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Lowlife

Ryan Prows • US

Sun. Nov. 12 • 6pm • Cinemapolis

A sleazy and high-energy organ-harvesting misadventure told through discordant narrative timelines, LOWLIFE follows murderers, addicts, and luchadors as they all spread bloody mayhem throughout Los Angeles.

Racism, sex trafficking, rage issues, and disillusionment abound in director Ryan Prows’s first feature film, proving it to be the surprise of the year in the thriller category! But, is it a thriller? LOWLIFE reshuffles everything we know about how films function: Take equal parts thriller and comedy, then add a pinch of horror. Shake energetically and you have LOWLIFE!

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My Friend Dahmer

Marc Meyers • US

Sun. Nov. 5 • 8pm • Cinemapolis

Based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name by John Backderf (who personally knew Jeffrey Dahmer in high school) MY FRIEND DAHMER paints an honest portrayal of the infamous serial killer’s teenage years. Playing the shy alcoholic teen with a riveting intensity is former Disney star Ross Lynch. Shot in Dahmer’s hometown of Bath, Ohio, MY FRIEND DAHMER is about as close as you can get to seeing the real monster within the man. Its hints of the horror to come will leave you chilled to the core.

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Sequence Break

Graham Skipper • US

Sat. Nov. 11 • 6pm • Cinemapolis

When genius video game repairman Oz finds a mysterious new arcade machine in his shop, he quickly succumbs to the Eldritch-esque psychedelic geometry within the game. Soon, surreal horror and biomechanical evil erupt from the machine, invading his life, spreading mayhem and tearing apart reality itself. From first time writer/director Graham Skipper (actor in Beyond the Gates, The Mind's Eye) and featuring a pulsing synth-heavy soundtrack, this is a vivid, hallucinatory descent into techno-madness!

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Documentaries


Love and Saucers

Brad Abrahams • USA

Sat. Nov. 4 • 2pm • Cinemapolis

Since he was a child, David Huggins has regularly had intimate encounters with alien beings who have utilized him for breeding purposes. In this affectionate documentary, he not only speaks about his sexual experiences with alien beings, he also shares his therapeutic series of paintings that capture moments from his unique life. Complete with interviews from his family, friends, employers, and neighbors, David presents a clear and simple timeline of extraterrestrial copulation—it's up to you to decide whether to believe in his incredible journey or not!

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