Saturday 10.10.20 / 21:15 / Gloria Biograf
The horror genre, with its wide-ranging visual, auditive and metaphorical toolset, is capable of delivering an extremely varied palette of stories. In this block we shine a light on a selection of the last year’s strongest titles and showcase some of the various ways horror stories can unfold.
Here you’ll find political satire, adult fairy tales, dreamlike stories, social commentary, grotesque body-horror, splatstick comedy and classically scary films delivered by some of the genre’s most exciting talents. It’s going to be wild, violent, thought-provoking, scary and fun.
This block caters both to the intellectual horror-fan, looking to take something home and to anyone just looking to see Santa Claus rip a person in half.
All films are screened with English subtitles.
Laura Hasn’t Slept
Parker Finn / 10 min. / USA / 2020
Laura is afraid to sleep. Because if she does, he’ll be there. Always. Maybe she should talk to a psychologist? In a very short amount of time, director Parker Finn manages to build up a solidly unnerving atmosphere, tipping his hat to the classics, all the while giving a taste of a universe all his own.
Felipe Vargas / 14 min / USA / 2020
The World’s of Guillermo Del Toro resonate heavily in Felipe Vargas’ gloomy and macabre fairy tale about the young boy Thomas, who one morning hears a voice coming from the sink in the orphanage. Milk teeth, greed and a splash of social commentary delivered as a fairy tale for adults.
Kristell Chenut & Vincent Lacrocq / 16 min. / France, Belgium / 2020
Unfolding like a nightmarish patchwork, ‘Vortex’ unfolds the story of Dris, who ran away from home at a young age. Older and burdened by guilt, Driss returns to the place where he left his mom with his violent father. The logic of dreams reign in this elegantly ominous tale of guilt, fear and powerlessness.
Hand in hand
Ennio Ruschetti / 4 min / Switzerland / 2019
As the World watches, two politicians sign a historic agreement. All that is left is the formal handshake. But monstrosities lie dormant in wait. Director Ennio Ruschetti skillfully blends political satire and monster movie in a short but memorably package.
The Last Christmas in the Universe (La última navidad del universe)
David Muñoz & Adrián Cardona / 18 min. / Spain / 2020
The classical splatter comedy is a difficult genre to pull off. Yet Spanish duo David Muñoz and Adrián Cardona have managed to deliver on multiple occasions with short films like ‘Brutal Relax’ and ‘Fist of Jesus’. Their newest film keeps the tradition alive with corny humor, original surprises and loads of gore.
John Poliquin / 9 min. / USA / 2020
The horror genre is an obvious match for modern tales about social media and the ways in which we create polished and often deceitful images of ourself. Despite being an oft-ventured avenue, American director John Poliquin manages to attack the material in an original and seriously scary fashion.
Justin Daering / 29 min. / USA / 2019
Humans live side by side with an elevated race of humanoid creatures in a society heavily divided by class. When machine worker Tanner gets invited on a hunting trip by his employer, he learns the hard way how society works. Justin Daering mixes body-horror and social commentary in a strong story set in a deeply original world.
Copenhagen Short Film Festival is following all regulations from Danish health authorities about the spread of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizers will be disposable in all cinemas and the screenings are planned in accordance to the recommendations of social distancing.
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