THE DEVIL’S BATH (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Regardless of how familiar you might be with Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s filmography, Nothing can quite prepare you for The Devil’s Bath. Make no mistake: the world of The Devil’s Bath is their most nightmarish yet. If there is a better and more authentic exploration of depression on film, I cannot think of it. Displaying the unspoken sense of disgust and anger that sufferers are so often met with, this is an unapologetically brutal film, but at its essence an extraordinarily truthful one.

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VENI VIDI VICI (Sydney FF 2024) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Amon Maynard (Laurence Rupp) is a billionaire with it all, and yet it is not enough. An influential businessman who has government ministers at his beck and call, a beautiful, adoring wife, and three daughters who idolize him, Maynard still craves satisfaction. This is the context within which the opening scene of Veni Vidi Vici introduces the The Most Dangerous Game ‘human hunt’ that sits at the heart of the movie. Maynard has become a kind of casual, part-time serial killer, a notorious sniper who randomly guns down unfortunate members of his community who have committed no offence greater than simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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