By Claire Miglionico
Vagrants, globe-trotting train, zombies, demons and immigrant tales
July 4: Borgman
Borgman is an adventurous Dutch arthouse thriller worth a watch, if you dare take in its unsettling insanity and creepiness. It screened at The Calgary International Film Festival in September and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Camiel Borgman is a vagrant who infiltrates an arrogant upper class family with charm and mystery. The kids, the wife and the nanny slowly fall under Borgman’s “spell,” which in turns unravels the family’s way of life completely. Think Michael Haneke’s sadistic Funny Games…
July 11: The Immigrant
The Immigrant is the story of two immigrant Polish sisters Ewa and Magda (Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan) who, upon arrival on Ellis Island, New York’s immigrant inspection station, are separated. Ewa is released on the streets of Manhattan while Magda is quarantined for illness. Ewa falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who ends up selling Ewa to prostitution. Thankfully, Ewa meets Orlando (Jeremy Renner), a magician and Bruno’s cousin who helps her get out of the nightmare she is caught in and makes her believe a better, brighter future is ahead in her new immigrant life in North America.
July 18: Snowpiercer
In this South Korean/American sci-fi directed by Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Mother), final survivors of a failed global-warming experiment live on board the Snowpiercer, an enormous train powered by a perpetual-motion machine that travels on a globe-spanning track. The film is based on the French graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette called Le Transperceneige, the French equivalent of Snowpiercer. On board the train, a class system has installed itself, much like any other society over time. There’s a prisoner’s car, a car filled with armed men and men in the tail car ready for rebellion… (Click here for the review)
July 25: Doc of the Dead
Zombie fans will love Doc of the Dead, a documentary brought to you by the same people behind The People Vs. George Lucas and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe. The zombie doc premiered at this year’s SXSW. The documentary invites zombie experts and celebrities to discuss all things zombie. Topics range from what were to happen in the event of an actual zombie outbreak, how zombies entertain us and how they have impacted and changed our society as a whole.
July 25, 11:59 p.m.: Demons
There will be a special midnight screening of Demons (directed by Lamberto Bava), a 1985 Italian “slam-bang gorefest,” which will be presented uncut in 35mm. The film’s concept is simple yet sure to be effective in the scare factor as the horror is set in a West Berlin movie theatre. The movie goers in this horror flick are infected by demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one by one which ends up multiplying their numbers. Should be a good fright.
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