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78 CULT Dir-Scr Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman. Prod Claire Jones, Robin Gutch. With Martin Freeman, Andy Nyman, Alex Lawther, Paul Whitehouse. UK 2017. 98min. UK Distribution Lionsgate MON 9 TUE 10 21:15 VUE5 20:50 RICH MIX SUN 8 MON 9 20:45 SOHO 20:45 NFT3 THU 5 FRI 6 SAT 14 18:00 VUE7 15:30 HAYMARKET 20:45 HACKNEY TUE 10 WED 11 SUN 15 20:45 VUE7 20:45 RICH MIX 18:00 CENTRAL Dir-Scr Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Prod Eve Commenge, François Cognard. With Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin. Belgium-France 2017. 92 min. Sales BAC Films Dir-Scr Lukas Feigelfeld. Prod Simon Lubinski, Lukas Feigelfeld. With Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini. Germany-Austria 2017. 102min. Sales Raven Banner Entertainment The directors of neo-giallo classics Amer and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears turn to Jean-Patrick Manchette’s crime novel Laissez Bronzer les Cadavres! for their latest inspiration. Beneath the unforgiving heat of the blazing Mediterranean sun, a woman residing in a remote villa seeks artistic inspiration. Her solitude is shattered when a gang of criminals in possession of 250kg of stolen gold arrive in search of a hideout, with the cops in hot pursuit. Soon a grandiose battle for survival ensues, from which no one will escape unscathed. Famed for their experiential forays into gothic horror, this sun-drenched crime caper marks something of a thematic departure for directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. But while the Western-tinged set-up may be different, their keen eye for visual invention and penchant for playful homage are as apparent as ever. And the results are more beautifully bizarre and sublimely twisted than one could have ever dared imagine. Michael Blyth A haunting meditation on witchcraft and insanity, set in 15th century Austria, which offers a visceral and truly unique horror experience. Young Albrun lives with her mother in an isolated mountain hut. Life is hard enough, but when her mother falls gravely ill, Albrun is left traumatised and alone. 15 years later, Albrun has a child of her own, but with no husband in sight she is ostracised from her small community. As she forms a tentative friendship with a local woman, dark memories and psychotic delusions infiltrate Albrun’s thoughts and the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. Although reminiscent of acclaimed period chiller The Witch in its heady fusion of mounting paranoia against a pagan backdrop, this hypnotic debut is quite a different beast. More abstract in its storytelling and lyrical in its approach, it owes as much to the cinema of Tarkovsky as it does the horror genre. Michael Blyth The team behind the hit London stage play bring their diabolical creation to the big screen, with suitably chilling results. Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Well, settle down kiddies as Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have a trio of humdingers up their sleeves, just waiting to give you sleepless nights. Nyman plays Phillip Goodman, an academic and professional sceptic out to debunk claims of the supernatural. But when an encounter with a former parapsychologist leads him to three unsolved cases of the Occult, his whole belief system – not to mention his sanity – is thrown into question. An affectionate throwback to classic Brit anthology chillers such as Dead of Night and the Amicus productions of the 1970s, this imaginative and playful portmanteau is undoubtedly the product of two horror-obsessed minds. And it’s bloody terrifying too. Hang onto your popcorn – being scared has never been this much fun. Michael Blyth LET THE CORPSES TAN LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES HAGAZUSSA – A HEATHEN’S CURSE HAGAZUSSA GHOST STORIES Dir Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead. Prod David Lawson, Thomas R Burke, Leal Naim, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson. Scr Justin Benson. With Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Tate Ellington. USA 2017. 111min. UK Distribution Arrow Films The directors of acclaimed romance/horror/sci-fi hybrid Spring are back with another disorienting tale of the unexpected. Years after fleeing the New Age cult in which they were raised, brothers Justin and Aaron (played by directors Benson and Moorhead) live a humble existence in the real world, struggling each day to make ends meet. When they receive a strange message from their former ‘family’, the siblings make the tough decision to return home and investigate. Aaron’s initial excitement is tempered by Justin’s reticence and soon the pair witness a series of inexplicable events that lead them to believe all is not as it seems. As with their previous work, Benson and Moorhead expertly fuse ambitious genre storytelling with intricate human insight, keeping the film emotionally grounded even as its increasingly twisted timeframes and tricksy narratives unfold. And boy, do they unfold. What does it all mean? You tell us. The possibilities are endless. Michael Blyth THE ENDLESS BRITISH Buy tickets bfi.org.uk/lff 020 7928 3232 (10:00 – 20:30 daily)


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