GANJA & HESS
1973, Kino Lorber, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bill Gunn

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion and African-American identity. Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality ... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife, Ganja (Marlene Clark), comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership and explore just how much power blood holds.


BLUE MY MIND
2017, Uncork'd Entertainment, 97 min, Switzerland, Dir: Lisa Brühlmann

A shocking debut from first-time director Lisa Brühlmann, BLUE MY MIND makes bold departures from the tired coming-of-age drama. Mia (Luna Wedler) seems like an ordinary 15-year-old girl dealing with school, popularity contests and her own changing hormones. But nothing is ordinary about her startling secret: Her body is slowly adopting fish-like characteristics. As it becomes increasingly apparent that Mia is transforming into a carnivorous mermaid, she must learn to accept that she will never be the same. The film’s poetic metaphor is accompanied by startling body horror, making for an unforgettably visceral experience. “For a student film - director Lisa Brühlmann made BLUE MY MIND as her film-school thesis project - it's quite impressive.” – Katie Rife, AV Club.


BORDER
GRÄNS
2018, 101 min, Sweden/Denmark, Dir: Ali Abbasi

Co-written by LET THE RIGHT ONE IN scribes John Ajvide Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf, this incredible film was selected to play in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes and is sure to explode out of the fall festival circuit. When a border guard (Eva Melander) with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. “An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.” - Alissa Simon, Variety


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