Knocking

A traumatized woman looks for answers in the tense horror-thriller Knocking. Molly (Cecilia Miloccco) has spent the past year dealing with trauma. She's being discharged from the hospital's psychiatric ward and is trying to start her life again, but the loss of her partner Judith (Charlotta Åkerblom) puts a dark cloud over everything she does.... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Earwig

Image Courtesy of TIFF Lucile Hadžihalilović’s latest film Earwig is a bleak tableau of strange, artistic nihilism. Albert (Paul Hilton) is tasked with looking after a little girl Mia (Romaine Hemelaers). He must change an intricate headgear that collects what looks like her saliva, freeze those drippings in a cast for teeth, and fit her with previously... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Mlungu Wam (Good Madam)

In Mlungu Wam (Good Madam), archaic ideals take on a nightmarish role for a woman and her family. Tsidi (Chumisa Cosa) is estranged from her extended family after her grandmother dies. She leaves the family home to stay with her mother, Mavis (Nosipho Mtebe), a maid for an ailing, rich white woman named Diane (Jennifer... Continue Reading →

The Women of Hounds of Love (Spoilers Ahead)

In Hounds of Love, Ben Young’s first feature-length film, a murderous couple in the city of Perth, Australia, stalks teenage girls to fulfil their sexual fantasies. The acts are orchestrated by John (Stephen Curry), a sexual predator who is cold, mean and conniving. His character is riveting because Young gives you just enough to wonder... Continue Reading →

The Tokoloshe: Mythology and Modern Trauma

With the South African film industry making new strides to create opportunities for local and foreign filmmakers, director Jerome Pikwane tackles the horror genre with his first feature film The Tokoloshe. Busi (Petronella Tsuma) is a desperate young woman who finds work at a derelict hospital as a night-shift cleaner. She must deal with a predatory... Continue Reading →

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