KOKO-DI KOKO-DA: Repeating Trauma, Performing Grief

This Scandinavian psychological horror examines grief with an unsettling plot about two parents attacked by a sideshow trio, over and over.

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[Fantasia 2019] SONS OF DENMARK: The Extremes of Where We Are & Where We’re Headed

Ulaa Salim’s film is a disturbing and shocking look at right-wing extremism— a necessary tale in 2019.

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[Fantasia 2019] Michihito Fujii’s DAY AND NIGHT: Morality Under Capitalism

Michihito Fujii ruminates on how capitalism destroys good people, and whether revenge is just or simply salt in a perpetual wound.

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[Fantasia 2019] Ironclad Women & Bourgeois Criminals in A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND

Sarah Bolger gives a fierce performance that subverts the typically patriarchal revenge tale

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[Fantasia 2019] Enter a Bermuda Love Triangle in HARPOON

Rob Grant’s pitch black horror-comedy is an intelligent evisceration of friendship, betrayal, and the male ego.

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[Fantasia 2019] SATOR’s Hereditary Hauntings

Graham’s horror film is a perfectly dreadful view on the devastating hereditary legacy of mental illness.

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Rural Magic Realism and Perpetual Adolescence in KNIVES AND SKIN

Jennifer Reeder uses magic realism to look at social dynamics and gender in a small town in the wake of tragedy

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[Fantasia 2019] STARE Terrifies via Horror in Postmodern Folklore

Hirotaka Adachi digs in the J-horror claws with the help of modern folklore’s terrifying power

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[Fantasia 2019] Discovering Life Beyond Death in ODE TO NOTHING

Dwein Baltazar tells a tale of life, of death, and how the two become terribly tangled when we’re unable to deal with the latter.

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[Fantasia 2019] “No girl is exempt”: Biblical and Societal Misogyny in DARLIN’

Pollyanna McIntosh tears into the misogyny and sexism of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as society in general.

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[Fantasia 2019] Women and Nature Disrespected in JADE’S ASYLUM

One woman’s struggle becomes the struggle of Mother Nature

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