We’ve heard lots of good things about RABIES, which is evidently Israel’s first horror film, a claim I still find somewhat hard to believe but(I’ll take the marketing department’s word for it). The film played to good notices at the Tribeca 2011 Film Festival and the Fantasia 2011 Film Fest, and now it’s getting ready to squirm its way onto DVD; the Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado-directed thriller will be released upon the world this coming February.
The lowdown: When a psychotic serial killer is on the loose, his path of rampage crosses paths with Ofer and Tali, a brother and sister combo who have run away from home. But when Tali becomes ensnared in the killer’s trap, it is up to Ofer to find help. Left alone, Tali soon becomes mixed up with an unlikely group of characters, ranging from a set of tennis players to a squad of policemen. All the while, they continue to be stalked by the murderer – and when this assassin’s identity is finally revealed, it turns out to be the biggest shock of all!
RABIES stars Lior Ashenazi, Ania Bukstein and Ran Danker; it hits on FEBRUARY 28th. No additional details are yet available, but you can check out the trailer below.
Indiewire has an article on new Kenyan superhero movie Leo:
Directed by Jinna Mutune, Leo, as Bunmi at A Bombastic Element succinctly puts it, is “a film about a Kenyan boy dreaming of becoming a comic book superhero… Though the boy ends up realizing he is a different kind hero.”
The film’s website has this as an official synopsis:
… a charming and beguiling adult fairy-tale set in Nairobi, a Metropolitan City in Kenya that is a melting pot of East African culture, art, politics and commerce. It is a story about Maasai boy, raised in a low-income home, achieving his dream against all odds.
LEO film is a simple story that captures the essence of a child’s heart still open to all the posssibilities of achieving his dream in “Kenya” Africa.
This looks absolutely brilliant! Here’s the trailer:
The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog has posted an interview with Luca Cerlini, director of the Italian steampunk movie The Technician.
How did you come up with the idea for The Technician, is there a particular work or works that inspired you?
The idea for The Technician wasn’t mine, at least not the core idea, which came from Nicola Zurlo, the screenwriter. Nearly all the professional operators involved in the making of the short, like me, were students attending the last year of cinema school in Milan. The screenplay that started the project was the final exam paper for the screenwriting class.
Once the first draft was complete, it was submitted to me along with other scripts and, although it was very different from the one we shot in the end, I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere it suggested. It was deeply changed over time but its coldness, its air of nostalgia, its gloominess were in the first draft to stay (the original script was called Blue Overall and was about a society where feelings were forbidden and the Technician’s job was to mend people deemed to be too emotional!!).
Is The Technician intentionally steampunk?
When I started to work on the screenplay I immediately realized that, in order to bring some of the screenwriter’s intentions to the surface and to make some situations visually plausible, I would have to chose a well-defined aesthetic; at the same time I had to work it out on a very low budget (a little more than 3.000 (three thousand) euros). Steampunk was just right because it is based on the alteration of objects, clothes and technologies of the past, and with a little research and imagination it’s easy to recreate the right atmosphere.
How did you first hear of steampunk and why did you choose to make a movie about it?
I’ve been a steampunk fan for a long time now, but I had never tried to make something like this before, so we took a massive risk! – read the full interview.
And here’s the trailer!
On the eve of her coronation as China’s first female ruler, Wu Zetian’s colossal Buddha statue is nearing completion when a series of mysterious events threaten to derail the empress’ rise to power. Two high-ranking officials burst into flames after inspecting the statue, leading to suspicions of foul play targeted toward the empress. On the counsel of her spiritual advisor (who takes the form of a talking deer), the empress summons legendary sleuth and martial arts expert Detective Dee out of exile in prison to solve the case. With the help of the beautiful and deadly Jing’er and albino imperial guard Pei, Dee sets out to crack the case… and crack a few skulls along the way.
Here’s the trailer – what do you think?
Thought we’d take off early this week, and what better way than with some very astute commentary – which is also a hell of a lot of fun! – on some the problems of producing genre works in places where they are not, traditionally, appreciated…
From the BBC:
Blood-spattered, flesh-eating monsters have been roaming the Cuban capital, Havana, in recent months – all part of filming for the country’s first zombie movie.
Bearing a similar title to Britain’s 2004 comedy horror Shaun Of The Dead, Juan Of The Dead’s plot is actually closer to the 1984 ghoul classic Ghostbusters.
In the film, an entire city is overrun by zombies while Cuba’s Communist leaders insist it is just a plot by US-backed dissidents to bring down the government.
So it is left to hero Juan – played by Cuban actor Alexis Diaz de Villegas – to rid the island of the undead for money.
But as the zombie outbreak begins to spread, he is left with no choice but to fight for his own survival. – continue reading!
Let’s start the week with a movie!
And what better than Africa’s latest SF offering, the Nigerian movie Kajola?
Kajola is the Yoruba word for commonwealth. In the year 2059, Nigeria becomes a totalitarian state. After a second civil war, the rich relocate to the Island areas of Lagos state and turn it into an ultra modern city. The war torn mainland of lagos state is disconnected and abandoned.
A rebel leader, Allen learns of a plot codenamed Kajola to build cities on the mainland and eliminate the remaining survivors. He leads a rebellion against the govt. And must be stopped by Yetunde, the police chief. Though mortal enemies, both discover that everything they thought they knew were nothing but lies.Its a story of love and lust and it heightens the fact that if we don’t deal with the segregation and negligence issues facing the country today, then our future is quite predictable because TOMORROW IS TODAY.
The film stars Adonijah Owiriwa, Keira Hewatch, Desmond Elliot, Cassandra Odita and TJ Morgan.
Well, we’ve come to the end of Movie Week – did you enjoy it? Is it something you’d like to see again? As always, comments welcome!
We’re closing the week with the charmingly surreal Russian aninmated film, Switchcraft, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.
Today’s feature is the science fiction film Oasis, written and directed by Colombian Ruben Fernandez.
ETA: And here’s part two!
Today on MOVIE WEEK we have a Bunker, short film by French director Paul Douchet. French, with English subtitles.