As promised, here’s my New Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2. I hope you enjoy. Check back soon for part 3. If you missed part one –CLICK HERE–
Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: The Lighthouse
Robert Eggers, writer/director of The Witch returns for his second feature. The Lighthouse looks to be an atmospheric and eerie horror shot in haunting black and white. Eggers’ second feature stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.
The Lighthouse recently had its premiere @ Cannes Film Festival. All reviews have been really good with multiple critics saying this is both Willem Dafoe’s and Robert Pattinson’s best work to date.
I really don’t know a lot about the plot other than Dafoe plays an ageing and unstable lighthouse keeper called Tom who gets a new assistant called Ephraim (Pattinson). Over time, Tom’s behaviour becomes worrying and Ephraim’s mind begins to break as he endures the loneliness, solitude and isolation of The Lighthouse.
Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: The Nightingale
At long last, we get to see the new film from Jennifer Kent, the director of the fantastic psychological drama/horror The Babadook.
The Babadook stole of the dark hearts of us, horror lovers. It was such a clever film, a film about mental illness disguised as a horror film. And when we figure out what actually goes down in The Babadook, in my opinion, it makes it a much more terrifying film.
So, now we have her new film, The Nightingale. It is set in 1825 and focuses on a young Irish convict who is out for revenge to kill a man who committed horrendous acts of violence on her family. On her path for vengeance, she meets an Aboriginal tracker who is also scarred by his own past and violent demons.
Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: Midsommar
The new film from Ari Aster, the director of the fantastic Toni Collette horror Hereditary. Midsommar stars Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh and William Jackson Harper.
The trailer was released not so long ago and it was perfect. We do know that it is about a pagan cult and a load of young people who, I am guessing are going to end up being sacrificed to some sort of goat-God.
The trailer was fantastic, it looked beautiful but also carried a real sense of uncertainty. Underneath all of that beauty lays an evil ugliness and Aster can go full-throttle with ugliness. I am sure Midsommar is going to another huge hit
Film From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: Wounds
Wounds is the new film from Babak Anvari, the director of the much-loved Iranian horror Under The Shadow.
From what I have read, Wounds is going to be a great mind-fuck of a movie. Set in New Orleans, it follows a bartender (Armie Hammer) who finds a phone during his shift. From the moment he finds the phone strange, disturbing, unexplainable occurrences start to happen to him.
That’s all I know about the plot. I think the less we know about Anvari’s new film, the better. If it is half as good as Under The Shadow then we are in for a treat.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
New Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: The Peanut Butter Falcon
Ok, so something a little bit more light-hearted. The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Dakota Fanning, Shia LeBeouf and Zachary Gottsagen.
The film follows Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who escapes from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, he meets a convict called Tyler who is on-the-run from the law. Tyler becomes Zak’s coach and mentor and helps him pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.
This sounds like a really whacky, yet heartfelt comedy. The Peanut Butter Falcon will hopefully sit proudly among off-beat comedies like Little Miss Sunshine.
BOYZ IN THE WOOD
New Films From Film Festivals You Should Know About Part 2: Boyz In The Wood
This sounds like a lot of fun and all of the reviews so far state the same. Boyz In The Wood is a horror comedy set in the Scottish highlands.
It follows the usual group of teens as they get dropped off in the Scottish Highlands. They to navigate their way back to civilisation as part of The Duke Of Edinburgh award scheme.
The teens are then tracked by two masked killers who target Duke Of Edinburgh participants for fun each year.
The reviews are great, Boyz In The Wood is supposed to be funny AF, gruesome and clever with top performances from the young cast.
That’s it for part two, I really hope you enjoyed the list. Make sure to check back soon for part 3. As always, thanks for reading.
Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker