The Programming Group’s Picks – Martin Memet Könick: H.

The apocalypse as a whimper and not a bang, if it’s arrived at all, mixed with beautiful pictures that at times make think about Theo Angelopoulos is some of the thoughts occupying my brain while watching H.’s two Helenas and their relationship to motherhood. Some kind of thing from outer space lands in the vicinity of New York and lures people into the woods, gravity is behaving wonky and the ghost of greek mythology is asserting it’s presence in numerous... Read More

The Programming Group’s Picks – Maritte Sørensen: DARK BELOW

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The Programming Group’s Picks – Kajsa Albertsdóttir: COOTIES

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The Film Group’s Picks 2014 – Rasmus Östlund: Predestination

I’ll try to keep this spoiler free. Time travel is pretty awesome. It also makes no sense. The paradoxes involved are often too complex to understand, you sort of just go with it. But that’s why it’s awesome. Time travel makes a movie fantastic no matter what the setting is. Whenever time travel is part of a story, the limitations are different. I’ve been a time travel fan since I was very young (because of Time Bandits) and I love seeing the different takes on time travel,... Read More

The Film Group’s Picks 2014 – Kajsa Albertsdóttir: High Kick Angels

WOWZA! I was not expecting this. High Kick Angels is filled with surprisingly entertaining and well-choreographed action scenes. I was not able to stop smiling throughout the film. In High Kick Angels a young gang with film- and action hero ambitions gets a chance to live up to their potential when a super boss and her henchmen break into the gang’s school. Inspired by stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan the gang refuses to surrender. This is a film that does not ridicule... Read More

The Film Group’s Picks 2014 – Malin Svensson: Suburban Gothic

Richard Bates Jr. is back at LIFFF after the horror miracle Excision, two years past! In Suburban Gothic Bates retains the same colorful style but adds a large dose of black comedy. His characters are continues to be as delightfully excentric and actor Matthew Gray Gubler portrays an as energic a lead as the one we’ve gotten to know from his Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds. Add to that a pale and darkly clad Kat Dennings as a sidekick and the storys absolute negative pole… What... Read More

The Film Group’s Picks 2014 – Martin Memet Könick: Allelulia

There are different kinds of horrors, both on screen and off. As far as film’s concerned, you get something different from each kind. Sometimes you laugh at tropes, sometimes you shiver at graphic violence, sometimes you’re at the edge of your seat, dying to find out if the protagonists can escape their masked persuers. There are many more examples but the horrors we most keep with us, long after the film is over, is those that get beneath our skin and moves through... Read More

The Film Group’s Picks – Kajsa Albertsdóttir: Amnesia

Out on a secluded island we meet author couple Kathrine and Thomas. They are in love and all seems well, but pretty soon we get to witness Thomas violent character and control need. Thomas loses consciousness after a violent confrontation and when he awakes he’s lost all of his memories. This makes Katrine wonder who it is that has awoken. Nini Bull Robhsam creates a claustrophobic psychological thriller with relatively simple means. Staged in a stunningly beautiful but harsh... Read More

A word from the short film coordinator

You’ve seen the names in the catalogue, more or less cryptic titles with more or less cryptic subtitles. Yes, after all these years of having put short film packages together by numbers and lenght we decided to try something different this year. Every package has a theme, or a common thread, if you will. The same package may contain a lot or a few films, live action as well as animated, horrifying films as well as comedies but the thread is there to keep it together. The... Read More

The Film Group’s Picks – Malin Svensson: Stereo

Out of Germany director Maximillian Erlenwein gives us a heavy weight story portrayed by, among others, Germanys most beloved: Jörgen Vogel and Mortiz Bleibtreu, a dynamic duo who are allowed to show their darkest sides this time. It’s a film charged with a fast pace, violence and suspense with a few well placed gags and bright moments that makes it even more intense. Stereo is not the kind of stuff that’ll have you dozing off. If the story shouldn’t grab your... Read More