NEW RELIGION (Slamdance 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

It takes mere moments for Keishi Kondo’s feature debut New Religion to pull you in and drag you under. An unrelenting, drone-heavy soundtrack throbs, amplifying the already fever-pitch intensity of the red-drenched onslaught of abstract imagery that cluster and cling together, rendering the film’s pre-credit sequence an experience all on its own. New Religion is an aggressive slow burn of a movie – it knows where it’s going and it confidently takes its time to get there, knowing the journey is as crucial here as the destination.

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