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Calgary Underground Film Festival’s Feature Fascinations

Monday 22nd, April 2019 / 17:09
By Philip Clarke

Three weird features that will shock and delight

Freaks
Weds., April 24 @ 6:00 pm
Globe Cinema

It’s one thing to be a young girl growing up with no friends, raised by a single father. It’s a whole other thing when said single father refuses to ever let you out of the house to make any such friends. How exactly does he do this? By boarding up the windows and locking the doors of course, while simultaneously stashing a bunch of money and guns in a safe for later use. You know, typical dad stuff.

Chloe (Lexy Kolker) and her father (Emile Hirsch) live a simple life of isolation and constant communication with each other. All her father wants for her is to be safe in a world she doesn’t understand, and one that he unfortunately only knows too well. Their world of comfort, safety and stability comes crashing down when the equally kind and menacing ice cream man (Bruce Dern) known only as Mr. Snowcone attempts to persuade her outside with refreshing frozen treats.

Freaks is a refreshing spin on a classic tale with top-notch performances, beautiful visuals and many fairy tale parallels that work tremendously in its favour. It will leave you breathless and stressed out in all the best possible ways.

 

Fuck You: The Uwe Ball Story
Sat. April 27 @ 9:15 pm
Globe Cinema

There’s not a director out there that was as prolific during his career as Uwe Boll was in his prime. Nor is there a director out there who was as critically and culturally reviled in the same breath. The man’s reputation has preceded him on many occasions, by often being known as “the worst filmmaker of all time.”

Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story is a deep-dive retrospective on the infamous German director’s career from an early age, to his current cinematic retirement. The documentary tells the story from all sides of the spectrum — we get intimate interviews with both his fondest friends and harshest critics. More importantly though, we’re also granted great insight into his unfiltered mind from the outspoken man himself. Shocking, unadulterated and a pure delight from beginning to end.

 

The Dead Center
Weds. April 24 @ 9:45 pm
Fri. April 26 @ 4:00 pm
Globe Cinema

Working in a psych ward is always a hard day’s work, especially when it indirectly becomes The Dead Center. Just ask Daniel Forester (played by indie darling Shane Carruth), and he’d most certainly agree to the aforementioned statement.  When a previously dead man (Jeremy Childs) unwittingly awakens off the cold morgue slab, he finds his way into the titular ward, bearing with him a mysterious and insidious purpose.

Who is this man? Where does he come from? How far is Daniel willing to go to find out what it all means? The film is both a balancing act of creepy atmospherics and moral dilemmas throughout. The Dead Center is edgy, dark and full of complexity that’s not to be casually watched alone, but rather experienced communally together with much passionate discourse long after the end credits roll.