Minor disclaimer: Please note that there were some blocks and titles shown on the festival that we could not cover due time restrictions, and in no way means that the titles not mentioned are bad or should be skipped, and while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.
As mentioned before, this block was called “Escape” and some of the shorts included were:
Emergency Stop (dir. Diane Jessie Miller, Ireland, 2016)
A woman driving on a lonely country road, apparently finds a victim of a violent attack. A prudent person would try to call the police for help, but what can you do when there is no signal?
…Simple, to the point and twisted, can’t ask for more!
Again a minor disclaimer: Please note that there were some blocks and titles that we could not cover due time restrictions, and in no way it means that the shorts not mentioned are bad or anything like that, they could be very good, so take a chance and seek them out. Also, while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.
From the block “Sweet Revenge”
Rites of Vengeance (dir. Izzy Lee, US, 2017)
The house of the Lord can’t keep a bad man safe from someone determined to right the wrongs.
I am sure that there could be some controversy and division in the audiences due the main theme, but I would focus more on the way the story is delivered, there is no almost dialogue, and in this case, there is no need for it.
The “Final Girls Berlin Film Fest” is currently running its second year from June 9th-11th with the main focus of presenting films and shorts written, directed and/or produced by women.
We have been honored with the chance to do remote coverage of some of the features and shorts playing there, and while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.
The shorts are being presented in several curated blocks: “Mommy Issues”,”Phantasmagoria”, “Is it dead?” “Body Horror”, “Dying Of Laughter”, “All In The Family” and “Escape”, please note that there were some blocks and titles that I couldn’t cover due time, and in no way means that they are bad or anything like that, so if you get the chance to see them, check them out.
Starting today, Yeon Sang-ho’s film “Seoul Station” is available in Itunes, and if you were a fan of last year’s “Train To Busan”, this will be a fine addition to your collection.
In a evening like any other, we see an old man walking aimlessly on the streets of Seoul. In his neck there are signs of a bite made maybe by a large animal, and several blood stains on his clothes. Some people on the street try to approach the old man to see if he needs medical attention, but soon they walk away due a horrible stench that makes them realize he is a homeless person, what they might not guess however, is that this same man in a couple of hours will change everybody’s life forever.
Somewhere near them, we met Hye-sun, a young runaway that is about to break up with her slacker boyfriend Ki-woong after finding out that he is offering her for sexual services in the Internet. After a heated discussion, the couple part ways and Hye-sun finds herself with no home to go back to, therefore she goes seeking shelter in a nearby subway station. In a bizarre twist of fate, the online ad has been noted by Suk-gyu, the girl’s father. Seeing this as a chance to bring her daughter home, Suk-gyu decides to hit the streets of Seoul and look for Hye-sun, without knowing that a zombie apocalypse has just begun.
How far would you go to get the chance to talk again to a loved one that passed away? That is the question that Sophia, a grieving mother that can’t move on from the loss of her son will have to answer, and thru a black magic ritual taken from the book of Abramelin, with the help of a very cynical occultist, she starts a journey that will test not only her faith, but also her mental and physical endurance.
In “A Dark Song”, the debut film from Liam Gavin, we get a very interesting drama with a touch of horror, skillfully carried by the performances of Catherine Walker (Bitter Sweet, Critical) and Steve Oran (Sightseers) as Sophia and Solomon, who develop a complicated teacher and student relationship, enclosing themselves in a country house for months in order to preform the ritual. As the story unfolds we see the tension rising when it becomes clear that one of them is keeping a secret that can destroy the whole process and put their lives (and souls) and risk.
Believing they have the perfect plan for the crime that will solve all their problems, Hazel and a group of criminals decide to kidnap a millionaire’s daughter with the intentions of collecting a big ransom. At first it seems that the hit was a success when they manage to take the girl from her house, however, the crooks note that there is something off with her, and that the whole thing was a little bit too easy…
Feeling that they are running out of time, Hazel and her accomplices try to intimidate Katherine, their victim, in order to create a video for the ransom, but the girl clearly is not afraid of her captors, instead she tells them that they made a fatal mistake by kidnapping her. At first the criminals think the girl is bluffing, but when their calls for the ransom get no answer, they start to suspect that something is amiss and when they go to the girl’s house to investigate, they realize that they are in fact the victims of something way more evil than them.