The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar (Le Calendrier) (2021)

The Advent Calendar had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 Writer/director Patrick Ridremont’s The Advent Calendar (Le Calendrier) comes frontloaded with a sense of doom. It is not just the direct-to-webcam address made by paraplegic protagonist Eva Roussel (Eugénie Derouand) at the start – but also clearly near the chronological end – of the film,…

Confession

Confession (2020)

Daniel C. Nyiri’s Confession opens with the introduction of two separate characters. Dean McCallum (Gavin Lyall) is a good-natured, generous, well-liked man about town, and a literature professor with a drily ironic wit. And depressive 26-year-old Heather Kadar (Jo Kuzelka) is seeing a therapist about her sense of guilt, trauma and confusion over having miraculously…

Fire Lily (Tuliliilia) (2018)

Fire Lily (Tuliliilia) first published by EyeforFilm The fire lily from which Estonian writer/director Maria Avdjushko’s feature debut derives its title – and which appears at several junctures within the film – is, significantly, a hermaphroditic plant, both male and female, and capable of fertilising itself. This is one key (from a whole bunch) to…