• THE SUMMER HOUSE

      "The Summer House is an intense look at the unraveling of a man...impossible to turn away from." - DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

      The architect and head of the family Markus Larsen secretly lives out his bisexual tendencies while his wife Christine and their 11-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unbearable loneliness. When Markus gets to know the 12-year-old son of a colleague, he feels an immediate affection for the boy. Slowly, Markus begins to approach Johannes and creates an intimacy of which he increasingly loses control. While his wife and daughter are damagingly affected by their symbiotic relationship, Johannes is playing his own secret game which, in the end, leads to disaster for every family member.

      2014 / 95 minutes / Germany / German with English subtitles

      Director: Curtis Burz
      Producer: Curtis Burz
      Screenwriters: Curtis Burz
      Cast: Sten Jacobs, Anna Altmann, Jaspar Fuld, Nina Splettstösser

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • Cub

      “Kinetic and brutal, gory and graphic with comedic beats in-between.”
      – Bloody-Disgusting.com

      This dark, bloody, imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Flies, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.

      “A brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.” – Dread Central

      “CUB is a rock solid piece of genre entertainment presented bluntly and without irony.”
      – Fangoria

    • RECKLESS

      Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

      2014 / 90 minutes / Netherlands / Dutch with English subtitles

      Director: Joram Lürsen
      Producer: Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel
      Screenwriters: J Blakeson; based on The Disappearance of Alice Creed written by Frank Ketelaar
      Cast: Marwan Kenzari, Tygo Gernandt, Sarah Chronis

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • DER SAMURAI

      “DER SAMURAI is the type of film I live for: well made and weird.” – TwitchFilm.com

      Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, DER SAMURAI is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch. Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf…only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, DER SAMURAI is a horror must-see for the adventurous!

      2014 / 79 minutes / Germany / German w/ English subtitles

      Director: Till Kleinert
      Producer: Anna de Paoli, Linus de Paoli
      Screenwriters: Till Kleinert
      Cast: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Kaja Blachnik, Ulrike Hanke-Haensch, Christopher Kane

      “A lot of different interpretations are going to be reached about the film, which is one of the reasons it’s so damn exciting.” – Bloody-Disgusting.com

      “DER SAMURAI will burn in your brain long after the heads, and the credits, have rolled.” – DreadCentral.com

      “The opening scenes of DER SAMURAI carry that pleasurable feeling that can be hard to come by on the current horror scene: The sense of not knowing at all where the story’s going, but that the filmmaker knows just what he’s doing.” – Fangoria

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

      It’s Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap in the gory mockumentary THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable. Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned. Filmed entirely through the perspective of Ed’s many cameras, and labeled “one of the greatest horror films of the century” by Film Radar, this film is as shocking as it is slyly satirical about violence and media exploitation. For mature audiences only.

      2014 / 80 minutes / USA

      Director: Jay Lee, Jim Roof
      Producer: Brian Bellinkoff, Jim Roof
      Screenwriters: Jim Roof
      Cast: Jim Roof, Shannon Malone, Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf, Andrew Hopper

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • HORSEHEAD

      Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond‘s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

      Director: Romain Basset
      Producer: Arnaud Grunberg, Jean-Michel Montanary
      Screenwriters: Romain Basset, Karim Chériguène
      Cast: Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Gala Besson, Fu’ad Aït Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Philippe Nahon
      Cinematography: Vincent Vieillard-Baron

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • MEMORY OF THE DEAD

      A stylish supernatural shocker that has been a hit at film festivals around the world. Argentina’s Memory of the Dead boasts some terrifying FX setpieces bathed in a candy-colored visual palette that makes Mario Bava’s gothic classics look monochromatic by comparison. Following the sudden death of her husband, Alicia assembles all his friends at a vast country manor for a reading of his final letter. But Alicia also has other plans in mind – helping her husband return from the grave with a spell that will put all of the gathered guests in mortal danger. Scary, hysterical and packed with mind-boggling visuals, Memory of the Dead is the cinematic equivalent of a funhouse ride.

      2011 / 89 minutes / Argentina / Spanish w/ English subtitles

      Director: Valentín Javier Diment
      Running time: 89 minutes
      Country: Argentina
      Language: Spanish
      Screenwriters: Martín Blousson, Valentín Javier Diment, Nicanor Loreti, Germán Val
      Cast: Gabriel Guity, Lola Berthet, Matias Marmorato
      Producer: Valentín Javier Diment

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • HARD ROMANTICKER

      Based on director Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel, Hard Romanticker is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone “accidentally” kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn’t help that the police are on his tail as well. What’s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, Hard Romanticker is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange — yakuza style!

      2011 / 109 minutes / Japan / Japanese w/ English subtitles

      Director: Su-yeon Gu
      Running time: 108 minutes
      Country: Japan
      Language: Japanese
      Screenwriters: Su-yeon Gu, Mitsunori Gu
      Cast: Shôta Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsurô Watabe, Tokio Emoto, Sei Ashina, Shidô Nakamura, Keiko Awaji, Kaname Endô, Yûya Endô, Hakuryu, Yûma Ishigaki, Nobuaki Kaneko, Naoki Kawano, Claude Maki, Yôko Maki, Motoki Ochiai, Gôta Watabe, Dai Watanabe
      Producer: Masahiro Harada, Kimio Kataoka
      Cinematography: Hideyuki Mushû

    • GANDU

      As much of an anti-Bollywood film as one could imagine, revolutionary filmmaker Q’s Gandu (Hindi slang for asshole) is a deliriously frantic, music-infused look at one poor young man and his dreams of becoming a rap star. Excitable Gandu lives in Kolkata. Poor, he survives by stealing spare change from his mother’s sleazy lover. Gandu’s lives to a rapper, and finds a comrade-in-song with another young man, the Bruce Lee-loving Rickshaw. Together they sing, drink, do drugs, wander the city and collectively dream of success. When Gandu wins big in the lottery all his dreams seem to come true. Or do they? Told in fragmented scenes with pulsating music, the film is surreal, wild, weird, unpredictable, and sexually graphic, Gandu is a startlingly bold and wildly entertaining example of new Indian filmmaking, and which ironically is banned in India.

      2010 / 86 minutes / India / Bengali w/ English subtitles

      Director: Q
      Running time: 85 minutes
      Country: India
      Language: Bengali
      Screenwriters: Q
      Cast: Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rii
      Producer: Q
      Cinematography:Q

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • BULLET COLLECTOR

      An intense drama of an adolescent adrift in an uncaring world, Bullet Collector is the powerful debut of Russian director Alexander Vartanov. A unique and visually striking work, the film examines the traumas of a wide-eyed 14-year-old boy, struggling to cope with a terrible home life dominated by an angry mother and a stepfather who can’t stand the sight of him. His school routine is plagued by brutal attacks from bullies, and his life becomes even more nightmarish after he is sent to a hellish reform school. Losing himself in an elaborate fantasy world where he is loved by a beautiful girlfriend and able to defeat his oppressors, the boy finds the reality of his situation continually shocking him back to a very different life. But is he actually just a timid teen destined for abuse, or will he gain the strength to fight off his attackers? Recalling the world of Antoine Doinel in Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, this unsettling, moody masterwork updates that classic by giving it a distinctly Russian flavor, proving that Vartanov is an international filmmaking talent to watch.

      2011 / 120 minutes / Russia / Russian w/ English subtitles

      Director: Alexander Vartanov
      Screenwriters: Alexander Vartanov, Yuriy Klavdiev
      Cast: Yuliya Aug, Ivan Basov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Vitaliy Gerasimov, Aleksandr Gubin, Pyotr Ivanov, Alisa Khazanova, Yuriy Klavdiev, Olesya Kulinich, Anastasiya Lagosha, Ruslan Malikov, Rashid Mamaev, Nikolay Matyunin, Ruslan Nazarenko, Alina Olshanskaya
      Producer: Elena Stepanischeva, Alexander Vartanov

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • ANIMALS

      An unconventional coming-of-age tale, Animals is an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality. Seventeen-year-old high-schooler Pol has stubbornly extended his childhood, aided in no small measure by his opinionated, drums-playing, English-speaking pet teddy bear, Deerhoof. But when he meets alluring new student Icari, the safety of Pol’s innocent imagination crumbles as he experiences his first pangs of love and sexual longing. But what will happen to Deerhoof in this new world and can Pol accept his new-found feelings? Co-starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) as his perceptive teacher, this fresh, inventive take on first love is funny, often bizarre and tragically intense.

      2013 / 94 minutes / Spain / English and Catalan w/ English subtitles

      Director: Marçal Forés
      Cast: Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew, Dimitri Leonidas, Roser Tapias, Javier Beltrán, Martin Freeman
      Producers: Sergi Casamitjana, Lita Roig, Aintza Serra

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • COMBAT GIRLS

      This searing coming-of-age teen drama follows two suburban girls – from vastly different backgrounds – who both become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty-year-old Marisa is a hardcore believer, a semi-skinhead whose body is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen-year-old Svenja is a sheltered, spoiled, straight-A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They begin as adversaries, but soon become best friends, though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Like American History X and Romper Stomper, Combat Girls is extremely dynamic, powerful filmmaking.

      2012 / 100 minutes / Germany / German w/ English subtitles

      Director: David Wnendt
      Running time: 100 minutes
      Country: Germany
      Language: German with English subtitles
      Screenwriter: David Wnendt
      Cast: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat, Gerdy Zint, Lukas Steltner, Sven Splettstößer
      Producer: René Frotscher, Eva-Marie Martens

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • LAPLAND ODYSSEY

      Quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and totally unpredictable, this action-packed Finnish road movie is an absolute charmer. Set in the dark, snow covered and frozen landscape of northern Finland, the story starts in a completely normal fashion: a young woman named Inari get frustrated that her good-for-nothing boyfriend Janne won’t even get off his ass to buy the only thing she wants: a TV cable box. So she makes an ultimatum: either a converter box by morning or she’s moving out. This propels Janne, along with his two hapless and equally lazy friends, out of the house and into a series of increasingly crazy misadventures, all in the quest of getting that elusive cable box. They soon encounter gun-shooting Russians, some very mean reindeer, Inari’s vengeful former boyfriend, a watery oasis filled with topless water polo-playing beauties, and a naked run through the snow. All the while the police are on their heels. Reminiscent of the wacky characters that seem to inhabit Aki Kaurismäki films, this comedy, filmed at breakneck speed, is an absolute delight.

      2010 / 96 minutes / Finland / Finnish w/ English subtitles

      Director: Dome Karukoski
      Producer: Aleksi Bardy
      Screenwriters: Pekko Pesonen
      Cast: Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola, Kari Ketonen, Miia Nuutila, Moa Gammel, Konsta Mäkelä, Andrei Tsumak

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • THE TREATMENT

      THE TREATMENT is an unsettling Belgian murder mystery that gets under your skin and stays there. A nail-biting suspense yarn based on one of a series of best-selling novels by British crime writer Mo Hayder, the film is not an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-type whodunit, but its gritty themes of sexual violence and pedophilia give it a raw, contemporary intensity that places it in the same company as the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” book and film series. Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer is investigating a case where a mother and father have been bound and beaten, and their young son is missing. An obsessive loner, Cafmeyer discovers that there are other similar cases – tragedies where the parents were forced by a psychopath to harm their own children, who then vanish. For the inspector, this triggers memories of his own brother’s abduction as a child, and the possibility that he may still be alive somewhere. Grim and wholly engrossing, THE TREATMENT is a thriller with an edge.

      2014 / 125 minutes / Belgium / Flemish with English subtitles

      Director: Hans Herbots
      Producer: Peter Bouckaert
      Screenwriters: Carol Joos; based on the novel THE TREATMENT by Mo Hayder
      Cast: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan van Assche, Laura Verlinden, Dominique Van Malder, Roel Swanenberg

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • WITHER

      This Swedish homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead (1982) is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes and the kind of gore one does associate with Swedish cinema!

      2012 / 95 minutes / Sweden / Swedish with English subtitles

      Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
      Producer: David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
      Screenwriters: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
      Cast: Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Amanda Renberg, Max Wallmo, Jessica Blomkvist, Anna Henriksson, Johannes Brost, Fredrik Dolk, A.R Hellquist, Ingar Sigvardsdotter, Ralf Beck, Sanna Ekman, Julia Knutson

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    Browse our full selection of fine international genre films. Roll over the selections below to learn more about each title and watch a trailer. All titles available with Instant Streaming and HD Downloads!

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    • THE SUMMER HOUSE

      THE SUMMER HOUSE

      "The Summer House is an intense look at the unraveling of a man...impossible to turn away from." - DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

      The architect and head of the family Markus Larsen secretly lives out his bisexual tendencies while his wife Christine and their 11-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unbearable loneliness. When Markus gets to know the 12-year-old son of a colleague, he feels an immediate affection for the boy. Slowly, Markus begins to approach Johannes and creates an intimacy of which he increasingly loses control. While his wife and daughter are damagingly affected by their symbiotic relationship, Johannes is playing his own secret game which, in the end, leads to disaster for every family member.

      2014 / 95 minutes / Germany / German with English subtitles

      Director: Curtis Burz
      Producer: Curtis Burz
      Screenwriters: Curtis Burz
      Cast: Sten Jacobs, Anna Altmann, Jaspar Fuld, Nina Splettstösser

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • Cub

      Cub

      “Kinetic and brutal, gory and graphic with comedic beats in-between.”
      – Bloody-Disgusting.com

      This dark, bloody, imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Flies, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.

      “A brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.” – Dread Central

      “CUB is a rock solid piece of genre entertainment presented bluntly and without irony.”
      – Fangoria

    • RECKLESS

      RECKLESS

      Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

      2014 / 90 minutes / Netherlands / Dutch with English subtitles

      Director: Joram Lürsen
      Producer: Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel
      Screenwriters: J Blakeson; based on The Disappearance of Alice Creed written by Frank Ketelaar
      Cast: Marwan Kenzari, Tygo Gernandt, Sarah Chronis

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • DER SAMURAI

      DER SAMURAI

      “DER SAMURAI is the type of film I live for: well made and weird.” – TwitchFilm.com

      Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, DER SAMURAI is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch. Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf…only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, DER SAMURAI is a horror must-see for the adventurous!

      2014 / 79 minutes / Germany / German w/ English subtitles

      Director: Till Kleinert
      Producer: Anna de Paoli, Linus de Paoli
      Screenwriters: Till Kleinert
      Cast: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Kaja Blachnik, Ulrike Hanke-Haensch, Christopher Kane

      “A lot of different interpretations are going to be reached about the film, which is one of the reasons it’s so damn exciting.” – Bloody-Disgusting.com

      “DER SAMURAI will burn in your brain long after the heads, and the credits, have rolled.” – DreadCentral.com

      “The opening scenes of DER SAMURAI carry that pleasurable feeling that can be hard to come by on the current horror scene: The sense of not knowing at all where the story’s going, but that the filmmaker knows just what he’s doing.” – Fangoria

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

      THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

      It’s Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap in the gory mockumentary THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable. Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned. Filmed entirely through the perspective of Ed’s many cameras, and labeled “one of the greatest horror films of the century” by Film Radar, this film is as shocking as it is slyly satirical about violence and media exploitation. For mature audiences only.

      2014 / 80 minutes / USA

      Director: Jay Lee, Jim Roof
      Producer: Brian Bellinkoff, Jim Roof
      Screenwriters: Jim Roof
      Cast: Jim Roof, Shannon Malone, Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf, Andrew Hopper

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • HORSEHEAD

      HORSEHEAD

      Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond‘s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

      Director: Romain Basset
      Producer: Arnaud Grunberg, Jean-Michel Montanary
      Screenwriters: Romain Basset, Karim Chériguène
      Cast: Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Gala Besson, Fu’ad Aït Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Philippe Nahon
      Cinematography: Vincent Vieillard-Baron

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • MEMORY OF THE DEAD

      MEMORY OF THE DEAD

      A stylish supernatural shocker that has been a hit at film festivals around the world. Argentina’s Memory of the Dead boasts some terrifying FX setpieces bathed in a candy-colored visual palette that makes Mario Bava’s gothic classics look monochromatic by comparison. Following the sudden death of her husband, Alicia assembles all his friends at a vast country manor for a reading of his final letter. But Alicia also has other plans in mind – helping her husband return from the grave with a spell that will put all of the gathered guests in mortal danger. Scary, hysterical and packed with mind-boggling visuals, Memory of the Dead is the cinematic equivalent of a funhouse ride.

      2011 / 89 minutes / Argentina / Spanish w/ English subtitles

      Director: Valentín Javier Diment
      Running time: 89 minutes
      Country: Argentina
      Language: Spanish
      Screenwriters: Martín Blousson, Valentín Javier Diment, Nicanor Loreti, Germán Val
      Cast: Gabriel Guity, Lola Berthet, Matias Marmorato
      Producer: Valentín Javier Diment

      http://www.artsploitation.com

    • HARD ROMANTICKER

      HARD ROMANTICKER

      Based on director Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel, Hard Romanticker is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone “accidentally” kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn’t help that the police are on his tail as well. What’s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, Hard Romanticker is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange — yakuza style!

      2011 / 109 minutes / Japan / Japanese w/ English subtitles

      Director: Su-yeon Gu
      Running time: 108 minutes
      Country: Japan
      Language: Japanese
      Screenwriters: Su-yeon Gu, Mitsunori Gu
      Cast: Shôta Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsurô Watabe, Tokio Emoto, Sei Ashina, Shidô Nakamura, Keiko Awaji, Kaname Endô, Yûya Endô, Hakuryu, Yûma Ishigaki, Nobuaki Kaneko, Naoki Kawano, Claude Maki, Yôko Maki, Motoki Ochiai, Gôta Watabe, Dai Watanabe
      Producer: Masahiro Harada, Kimio Kataoka
      Cinematography: Hideyuki Mushû

    • GANDU

      GANDU

      As much of an anti-Bollywood film as one could imagine, revolutionary filmmaker Q’s Gandu (Hindi slang for asshole) is a deliriously frantic, music-infused look at one poor young man and his dreams of becoming a rap star. Excitable Gandu lives in Kolkata. Poor, he survives by stealing spare change from his mother’s sleazy lover. Gandu’s lives to a rapper, and finds a comrade-in-song with another young man, the Bruce Lee-loving Rickshaw. Together they sing, drink, do drugs, wander the city and collectively dream of success. When Gandu wins big in the lottery all his dreams seem to come true. Or do they? Told in fragmented scenes with pulsating music, the film is surreal, wild, weird, unpredictable, and sexually graphic, Gandu is a startlingly bold and wildly entertaining example of new Indian filmmaking, and which ironically is banned in India.

      2010 / 86 minutes / India / Bengali w/ English subtitles

      Director: Q
      Running time: 85 minutes
      Country: India
      Language: Bengali
      Screenwriters: Q
      Cast: Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rii
      Producer: Q
      Cinematography:Q

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    • BULLET COLLECTOR

      BULLET COLLECTOR

      An intense drama of an adolescent adrift in an uncaring world, Bullet Collector is the powerful debut of Russian director Alexander Vartanov. A unique and visually striking work, the film examines the traumas of a wide-eyed 14-year-old boy, struggling to cope with a terrible home life dominated by an angry mother and a stepfather who can’t stand the sight of him. His school routine is plagued by brutal attacks from bullies, and his life becomes even more nightmarish after he is sent to a hellish reform school. Losing himself in an elaborate fantasy world where he is loved by a beautiful girlfriend and able to defeat his oppressors, the boy finds the reality of his situation continually shocking him back to a very different life. But is he actually just a timid teen destined for abuse, or will he gain the strength to fight off his attackers? Recalling the world of Antoine Doinel in Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, this unsettling, moody masterwork updates that classic by giving it a distinctly Russian flavor, proving that Vartanov is an international filmmaking talent to watch.

      2011 / 120 minutes / Russia / Russian w/ English subtitles

      Director: Alexander Vartanov
      Screenwriters: Alexander Vartanov, Yuriy Klavdiev
      Cast: Yuliya Aug, Ivan Basov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Vitaliy Gerasimov, Aleksandr Gubin, Pyotr Ivanov, Alisa Khazanova, Yuriy Klavdiev, Olesya Kulinich, Anastasiya Lagosha, Ruslan Malikov, Rashid Mamaev, Nikolay Matyunin, Ruslan Nazarenko, Alina Olshanskaya
      Producer: Elena Stepanischeva, Alexander Vartanov

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    • ANIMALS

      ANIMALS

      An unconventional coming-of-age tale, Animals is an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality. Seventeen-year-old high-schooler Pol has stubbornly extended his childhood, aided in no small measure by his opinionated, drums-playing, English-speaking pet teddy bear, Deerhoof. But when he meets alluring new student Icari, the safety of Pol’s innocent imagination crumbles as he experiences his first pangs of love and sexual longing. But what will happen to Deerhoof in this new world and can Pol accept his new-found feelings? Co-starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) as his perceptive teacher, this fresh, inventive take on first love is funny, often bizarre and tragically intense.

      2013 / 94 minutes / Spain / English and Catalan w/ English subtitles

      Director: Marçal Forés
      Cast: Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew, Dimitri Leonidas, Roser Tapias, Javier Beltrán, Martin Freeman
      Producers: Sergi Casamitjana, Lita Roig, Aintza Serra

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    • COMBAT GIRLS

      COMBAT GIRLS

      This searing coming-of-age teen drama follows two suburban girls – from vastly different backgrounds – who both become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty-year-old Marisa is a hardcore believer, a semi-skinhead whose body is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen-year-old Svenja is a sheltered, spoiled, straight-A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They begin as adversaries, but soon become best friends, though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Like American History X and Romper Stomper, Combat Girls is extremely dynamic, powerful filmmaking.

      2012 / 100 minutes / Germany / German w/ English subtitles

      Director: David Wnendt
      Running time: 100 minutes
      Country: Germany
      Language: German with English subtitles
      Screenwriter: David Wnendt
      Cast: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat, Gerdy Zint, Lukas Steltner, Sven Splettstößer
      Producer: René Frotscher, Eva-Marie Martens

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    • LAPLAND ODYSSEY

      LAPLAND ODYSSEY

      Quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and totally unpredictable, this action-packed Finnish road movie is an absolute charmer. Set in the dark, snow covered and frozen landscape of northern Finland, the story starts in a completely normal fashion: a young woman named Inari get frustrated that her good-for-nothing boyfriend Janne won’t even get off his ass to buy the only thing she wants: a TV cable box. So she makes an ultimatum: either a converter box by morning or she’s moving out. This propels Janne, along with his two hapless and equally lazy friends, out of the house and into a series of increasingly crazy misadventures, all in the quest of getting that elusive cable box. They soon encounter gun-shooting Russians, some very mean reindeer, Inari’s vengeful former boyfriend, a watery oasis filled with topless water polo-playing beauties, and a naked run through the snow. All the while the police are on their heels. Reminiscent of the wacky characters that seem to inhabit Aki Kaurismäki films, this comedy, filmed at breakneck speed, is an absolute delight.

      2010 / 96 minutes / Finland / Finnish w/ English subtitles

      Director: Dome Karukoski
      Producer: Aleksi Bardy
      Screenwriters: Pekko Pesonen
      Cast: Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola, Kari Ketonen, Miia Nuutila, Moa Gammel, Konsta Mäkelä, Andrei Tsumak

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    • THE TREATMENT

      THE TREATMENT

      THE TREATMENT is an unsettling Belgian murder mystery that gets under your skin and stays there. A nail-biting suspense yarn based on one of a series of best-selling novels by British crime writer Mo Hayder, the film is not an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-type whodunit, but its gritty themes of sexual violence and pedophilia give it a raw, contemporary intensity that places it in the same company as the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” book and film series. Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer is investigating a case where a mother and father have been bound and beaten, and their young son is missing. An obsessive loner, Cafmeyer discovers that there are other similar cases – tragedies where the parents were forced by a psychopath to harm their own children, who then vanish. For the inspector, this triggers memories of his own brother’s abduction as a child, and the possibility that he may still be alive somewhere. Grim and wholly engrossing, THE TREATMENT is a thriller with an edge.

      2014 / 125 minutes / Belgium / Flemish with English subtitles

      Director: Hans Herbots
      Producer: Peter Bouckaert
      Screenwriters: Carol Joos; based on the novel THE TREATMENT by Mo Hayder
      Cast: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan van Assche, Laura Verlinden, Dominique Van Malder, Roel Swanenberg

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    • WITHER

      WITHER

      This Swedish homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead (1982) is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes and the kind of gore one does associate with Swedish cinema!

      2012 / 95 minutes / Sweden / Swedish with English subtitles

      Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
      Producer: David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
      Screenwriters: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
      Cast: Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Amanda Renberg, Max Wallmo, Jessica Blomkvist, Anna Henriksson, Johannes Brost, Fredrik Dolk, A.R Hellquist, Ingar Sigvardsdotter, Ralf Beck, Sanna Ekman, Julia Knutson

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