LET THE CORPSES TAN — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

let the corpses tanFiercely independent and untouched by the often-fickle trends of the festival circuit, Belgian-based filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani make movies that few are indifferent to, for better or for worse. Renowned for their so-called neo-gialli – contemporary reworkings of the Italian sex-and-horror genre made famous by filmmakers like Dario Argento, Sergio Martino, and Mario Bava – their earlier features Amer (2009) and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013) make little effort to disguise their affection for the famous earlier category in films drenched with crisp, vibrant jewel colors as much as blood and gore. Continue reading…

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What’s Up Down Under? Queensland Film Festival: 80 Percent Femme-helmed Films — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Queensland Film Festival logoThe Australian state of Queensland in the country’s north-east in many ways typifies all the national clichés so readily identifiable in the international imagination, its iconography saturated with bikini-clad women engaging in myriad ways with sun, sand, and surf. Unlike the larger and supposedly more urban cities of Melbourne and Sydney, however, Queensland’s capital city Brisbane boasts one of the most unique treasures in the country’s yearly film calendar. The Queensland Film Festival is an annual event that has run for the last four years which showcases some of the most innovative and daring programming in the country. Continue reading…

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