A Pigeon Sat On A Branch

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (2014)

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence first published by FilmDivider Roy Andersson‘s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) opens, appropriately enough, in a reflective hall of mirrors. A shabby-looking man moves about the displays in a natural history museum, looking at an…

Dead Snow 2

Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (2014)

Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead first published by Film Divider “The Sequel You Did Nazi Coming,” reads the poster tagline for Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (Død Snø 2) – and it is absolutely true. For while sequels hardly come as a surprise in the horror genre, Tommy Wirkola’s follow-up to Dead Snow (2009), though…

Den

The Den (aka Hacked) (2014)

The Den (aka Hacked) first published by FilmDivider Restricting its point of view to the numerous minicams installed in an isolated house serving as a set for a reality show, Marc Evans‘ My Little Eye (2002) used an innovative narrative frame borrowed wholesale from contemporary programmes like Big Brother in order to expose the undercurrent of sadistic voyeurism…

R100

R100 (2013)

R100 first published by FilmDivider “Will you make waves in the fountain of ecstasy? Are you a chosen one? Can you enter the realm of the senses and experience unparalleled euphoria? Wouldn’t you like to open that forbidden door? The wheels are already in motion. The key to the door of uncharted pleasure is already…

Interview: Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet

First published by FilmDivider Interviewer: Anton Bitel It is a strange irony that the closer a filmmaker cleaves to genre, the more likely she or he is to transcend it, creating a quintessence that approaches a total, pure cinema. So it is with Belgian couple Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet, whose dizzying 2009 feature debut…

Birth

Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Birth of the Living Dead first published by FilmDivider “The only reason to do a fantasy film or a horror film is to uproot the order, to upset the balance of things.” The speaker is George A. Romero, specifically explaining why, rather than stick to the received formula in his debut feature Night of the Living…

Borderlands

The Borderlands (2013)

The Borderlands first published by FilmDivider “Have a cracking day, mate”, says cocky audiovisual technican Gray (Robin Hill), after his request to a local villager for directions to the parish church has been met with only a gormless silence.  “Good luck with Edward Woodward!” It is an early, self-conscious hint that The Borderlands is conjuring…