Plan on being in Berlin around February? You may want to attend the female-driven Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, which has revealed it's full lineup for 2020...
...In its fifth year now, the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival will take place in Berlin, DE on February 6 - 9, 2020 at City Kino Wedding. A showcase of horror written, directed and or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers, festival co-director Eli Lewy calls this year's festival edition the "most expansive and international yet, presenting a wide array of films by visionary filmmakers that represent the diversity and originality that can be found in the current horror landscape."
This year's program features eight curated short blocks and nine feature films, a horror-inspired self-defense workshop, an exhibition, a festival party with multimedia drag performances, and specialist talks on horror martyrs, made-for-TV horror, 'female monsters,' and 'bad mothers' in Mexican horror cinema.
Check out the lineup of feature films which will play at the fest below, and read more about the festival here.
Directed by Mary Harron (USA, 2019)
Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murders case. Their sentences became life imprisonment when the death penalty was lifted in California. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them. Through her, we witness their transformation as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.
The Father's Shadow
Directed by Gabriela Amaral Almeida (Brazil, 2018)
Having lost her mother, a girl turns to a dubious form of magic to make her wishes come true. In the meantime, her depressed father fights to keep his job as things take a strange turn in this unique, spiritual drama with a touch of horror.
The Deeper You Dig
Directed by Toby Poster & John Adams (USA, 2019)
Fourteen-year-old Echo and her mother Ivy, a tarot card reader, live a quiet life in a rural area. When reclusive Kurt moves down the road to restore an abandoned farmhouse, an accident leads to Echo's murder, and suddenly three lives collide in wicked ways. Kurt assumes he can hide his secret under the ground, but Echo burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond,Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won't stay buried.
(Read our review from Fantasia 2019 here)
Various directors (Australia, 2019)
When Clara discovers her deceased mother's revered Book of Dark Whispers, she can't stop reading the strange stories within its mystical pages. Each weird tale reveals a new facet of the twisted human psyche...or, in this case, the not-so-human. From the horror of grief to roommate living disasters, from existential dread to right-swiping vampires, there's something for all tastes. The horror anthology is brought to you by eleven female directors from across Australia.
Directed by Carlo Mirabel (USA, 2019)
Hunter (Haley Bennett) is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband (Austin Stowell) and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession. From the producers of 'The Rider' and 'The Tale', and executive producer Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), 'Swallow' plays like a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women, women's control over their own bodies, and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture.
Directed by Grace Glowicki (Canada, 2019)
Tito is trapped. With lank black hair, curlicue sideburns, and an emergency whistle dangling from his neck, he is so stricken with fear that he's developed a hunch in his back. Any attempt to venture into the outside world is met with the threat of elusive predators who hunt him relentlessly. Starved for food and security, Tito's terrorized existence threatens to overwhelm him--until the sudden arrival of a cheerful intruder, offering breakfast and protection. 'Tito' is a story about predation, friendship, and fear told through a wildly expressive new lens.
Rock Paper Scissors
Directed by Macarena García Lenzi & Martín Blousson (Argentina, 2019)
The routine of eccentric, maladjusted siblings is disrupted when their half-sister arrives looking for her share of the inheritance, resulting in a series of sick games to see who is the rock, who is the paper, and who is the scissor.
(Read our review out of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019 here)
Directed by Penny Lane (USA, 2019)
When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, 'Hail Satan?' offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
Check out more details on the festival here, including special seminars and shorts blocks, and see the festival trailer below!
By Matt Konopka