MANDY
2018, RLJE Films, 121 min, USA, Dir: Panos Cosmatos

After a couple’s quiet, reclusive life in the mountainous region of the Mojave Desert is brutally upended by a heinous cult, lumberjack Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) is left with one thing to live for: revenge. Embarking on a blood-spattered journey of carnage and destruction with his trusty chainsaw, Red will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Directed by Panos Cosmatos (BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW), MANDY is unforgettable horror odyssey, featuring one of Cage’s most gleefully insane performances. “[A] hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionist exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire.


HELLO DESTROYER
2016, 110 min, Canada, Dir: Kevan Funk

Kevan Funk’s startling debut feature is an elegant film about the inelegant realities of being a hockey enforcer and literally fighting one’s way to the big leagues. Tyson Burr (Jared Abrahamson, TIFF Rising Star 2016) plays for the minor league Prince George Warriors; in his role as the team’s tough guy, Tyson is expected to protect the more skilled players. Although thoughtful and somewhat shy off the ice, he is told constantly by the team’s coaches that his only route to the professional ranks is by being aggressive on it. When his violent play leads to the serious injury of an opposing player, Tyson suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the team, the league, the community and even his family. An astute critique of the culture of violence inherent in Canada’s national sport, HELLO DESTROYER is also a fascinating drama of identity, masculinity and isolation - if Ingmar Bergman had made a film about hockey, this would be it. Winner of five Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards, including Best Canadian Film.


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