Crossing a Vintage Porn Style with Giallo Aesthetics: Yann Gonzalez on ‘Knife + Heart’

Fans of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento should take note. While a handful of genre movies at this year’s Fantastic Fest featured queer characters, only Knife + Heart so openly directly dealt with different experiences in an LGBTQ community. The French film is a serial killer story that investigates the tragedy of internalized homophobia with a giallo twist and more than a nod to the movies of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento. Yann Gonzalez’s second film is delightfully campy and sensual yet heartbreaking and terrifying. < p dir="ltr"> Anne (French pop star Continue reading "Crossing a Vintage Porn Style with Giallo Aesthetics: Yann Gonzalez on ‘Knife + Heart’"

Bringing a Dark Fairytale to Life without a Budget: Guilhad Emilio Schenker on ‘Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club’

A film so tasty that the menu could only consist of....people. < p dir="ltr"> This was the year for women-led films at the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, one of the nation’s largest genre film festivals. David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel opened the week-long event, with Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria filling in the highly anticipated secret screening spot. But there were other small budget treasures shining just next to the Hollywood productions, including the Lord of the Flies-influenced Ladyworld, the in-depth dystopian thriller Level 16, and a black-and-white coming-of-age dramedy Slut in a Good Way. Read More