This week we bring you a provocative crime drama from Japan, a documentary on a compelling chapter of history from Belgium, an unconventional comedy-drama from Albania and two new horror films from Europe.
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Junk Food (dir. Masashi Yamamoto, Japan)
JUNK FOOD depicts the hitherto unseen world of aberrant sexuality and savage violence that emerges when the sun goes down and clean, orderly Tokyo exposes its sordid underbelly. Cashing in her antiseptic white-collar world for a white powder hell of lethal sex-play and furtive drug abuse, a beautiful young computer programmer unravels her way to the gutter. Clinging to an empty dream of success, a Pakistani immigrant graduates from armed robbery to double homicide. Using the same copycat precision with which they dress and drive, a carbon copy LA style street gang mounts a bloodthirsty coup d’etat of appalling viciousness.
Red Star Line (dir. Daniel Cattier and Fabio Wuytack, Belgium)
The Belgian shipping company Red Star Line carried more than 2 million migrants from Antwerp to New York between 1873 and 1934. Most of them were Eastern Europeans who had left their homes and their families due to war and poverty. After a long and exhausting journey they would reach America. Yet before they could even begin with their new life across the ocean, they first had to be examined at Ellis Island. Only healthy people were allowed to step on American soil.
The documentary series presents a mosaic of human migration stories. The series is based on taped interviews with more than 2000 people who talk about the most important journey of their life. Together with the descendants, we discover the stunning stories of these Red Star Line passengers. We get to know why exactly they left their country, how they survived this difficult journey and how they tried to build a new life in the United States.
Black Man (dir. Gentian Selo, Albania)
A young couple and her brother spend a lot of time together around the city, having a lot of fun but all this happiness ends in the most unimaginable way.
Killbillies (dir. Tomaž Gorkič, Slovenia)
After a night of carousing, the amateur photo model Zina heads for a fashion shoot in the nature, accompanied by the ambitious Mia, apathetic Dragica and snobby photographer Blitcz. On the idyllic location, a supposedly ordinary fashion shoot soon turns into a fierce fight for survival.
Taste of Phobia (dir. Various, UK/Italy)
Did you know that Hipopotomonstro-sesquipedaliofobia is a fear of long words or Geniofobia is a fear of the… chin? There are thousand of fears and phobias that in some cases can become a pathological disorder. This film delves into the horrors of phobias: each segment focuses on one phobia and creates a blood-soaked twist of it.