The Offscreenings program presents a fine selection of special, new and unreleased films, giving a platform to independent, non-conformist filmmakers as well as to movies at the cutting edge of contemporary cinema. These films are noted for their artistic originality, unique vision and inventive approach to the medium and the genre. Come and see the cult films of tomorrow.
The filmmakers behind Amer bring us an exercise in style which takes its cues from 1970’s Italian cult films. The viewer is swept into a highly sensual experience amidst an oppressive atmosphere, punctuated by a rhythm that is as intoxicating as it is enthralling.
A somewhat dorky loner begins an intense romantic relationship with his computer. This highly original sci-fi drama is a striking rendering of modern society, individualist to the point where relationships take place via the seclusion of interposed screens. The latest from the director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Spike Jonze.
An average family man secretly joins an S&M club which promises surprise visits from professional dominatrixes. When they begin showing up at his workplace, at home and on every street corner, he tries every which way to put an end to the madness. The latest comedy from the director of Big Man Japan and Symbol.
An unlikely group decides to flee the civil war in the middle of the English countryside. Hallucinogenic mushrooms will turn their escape into a different kind of trip. A psychedelic pilgrimage directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), the forerunner of a renewal in English cinema.
After accidentally killing a Vietnamese man, a Japanese expat in Saigon goes on the run in a war-ravaged country. This film, shot in 1975, was unfinished and considered lost for many years. Finally completed last year, it is a treat to behold.
Dwight touches rock bottom after his parents’ murder. Homeless, he lives in a rusty car on the side of the road. When he hears the killer has been released from prison, revenge becomes him. This intelligent, ambiguous thriller made a splash during awards season – don’t miss it!