Finally back into the festival circuit for 2020 and here at Mother of Movies, that’s what we love. Final-Girls Berlin Film Festival has just dropped in with the program and the 5th edition is looking amazing. If you’ve never heard of this festival, it’s all about women filmmakers in horror. Whether it’s horror written by, directed by, and/or produced by women and non-binary makers of films.
February 6 – 9, 2020 at City Kino Wedding
For 2020 the festival co-director Eli Lewy was quoted saying the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is the;
“most expansive and international yet, presenting a wide array of films by visionary filmmakers that represent the diversity and originality that can be found in the current horror landscape.”
8 short blocks and 9 feature films. A horror-inspired self-defense workshop, an exhibition, a festival party with multimedia drag performances, and specialist talks on horror martyrs, made-for-TV horror, ‘female monsters,’ and ‘bad mothers’ in Mexican horror cinema.
“Horror is a very elastic term,” adds fellow co-director Sara Neidorf, “and we’re excited to discover films that make us question and expand our conceptions of what horror can be, both in ways that are distant from and uncannily near our own realities.”
Here’s the Festival Trailer for those wanting some visuals. Or keep reading for a rundown of highlights including some Mother of Movies has already reviewed.
WHAT’S ON FOR 2020
Are you an avid collector of films about notorious killers? Charlie Says is another film about Charlie Manson. Yes I know what you’re thinking, there are so many! Mother of Movies has seen all the movies about this Helter Skelter maniac but Charlie Says is not like the others. This film featured in my Top 25 Dark Cinema 2019 list at position 19. Inspired by the novel ‘The Family’ and told through the eyes of three of the women that fell under his spell. Directed by Mary Harron, don’s miss this one.
The Deeper You Dig
Echo and Ivy are your average mother and daughter. Except for the fact Echo’s mother, Ivy is a fortune teller. When her daughter mysteriously disappears, Ivy discovers the depths of a mother’s love can be a powerful force. Directed by Toby Poster and John Adams and husband and wife team, this is a film that proves families that make films together do it well.
Read More: Mother of Movies was lucky enough to get an advanced screening of The Deeper You Dig in 2019 and you can see the trailer and find out more about it.
The Father’s Shadow
A Portuguese language film, The Father’s Shadow. Written and directed by Gabriela Amaral. A child, Dalva, has the tables turned on her life. She learns to cope with a heavy burden. Parenting over her ailing father after her mother dies. A somber drama that promises a story encompassing children with terrible disadvantages.
Clara finds her mother’s book, the Book of Dark Whispers. Dark Whispers serves an anthology. Stories about the human condition or lack thereof. Eleven Australian female directors want to give you a glimpse into grief, the supernatural and other tales horror.
I’ve been wanting to see this since it hit the festival circuit in 2019. The story is simple and one many will think is a made-up condition. Pica is a real thing, and Swallow tells the story of a pregnant woman obsessed with a compulsion to eat foreign objects. Swallow isn’t just a film about impulse control, but also about the loss of control for many women who bare children. Directed by Carlo Mirabel.
Produced by Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton and, Frederic Fiore.
A Canadian production directed and starred in by Grace Glowicki. Grace plays Tito, a tormented cisgender recluse who forms an unexpected friendship with a neighbor next door. Tito promises originality and a unique insight into dealing with sexual predators.
Rock Paper Scissors
Directed by Macarena García Lenzi & Martín Blousson, Rock Paper Scissors is a Spanish language thriller. After the recent release of Ready or Not, a horror movie which also features a child’s game as the backdrop for sick and twisted ways to sort out family drama, Rock Paper Scissors decide splitting the family fortune might be easier with a game or two.
Hail Satan is becoming quite the buzz word for not being what you expect it to be. Directed by Penny Lane, Hail Satan is a documentary conversing about a group called The Satanic Temple. If you’ve ever wanted to dispell your ideas surrounding this religious take on life, Hail Satan is romping in, to rave reviews. Don’t miss your chance to see this one and if I’m lucky enough to see it, I’ll be back with my thoughts on Hail Satan soon.
- Amanda Reyes
- Valeria Villegas Lindvall
- Andrea Subissati
- Orla Smith
Slashers and Serial Killer Flashbacks
Have you been dying to see I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Slumber Party Massacre on the big screen? Now is your chance! Both are playing at Final Girls Berlin Film Festival. I Was a Teenage Serial Killer is a 27-minute short film from Sarah Jacobsen (1993.) Slumber Party Massacre will give you a dose of death by various power tools. Directed by Amy Holden Jones and, Written by Rita Mae Brown (1982.)
Short Film Programs
Mother of Movies has selected the Bad Romance set because that seems to be my theme for 2019. Let’s hope this section of short films centered on the love or lack of, helps me get some angst out my system through my eyeballs.
- SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING (Dir. Stephanie Abel Horowitz, USA, 2019)
- ATTACHMENT (Dir. Katarzyna Babicz, Poland, 2019)
- CRUST (Dir. Isabella Avery, UK, 2019)
- SPORTS DAY (Dir. Lin Tu, China, 2019)
- IT’S EASIER TO RAISE CATTLE (Dir. Amanda Nell Eu, Malaysia, 2017)
- FOYER (Dir. Sophie B. Jacques, Canada, 2019)
- DEEP TISSUE (Dir. Meredith Alloway, USA, 2019)
Set II: Social Ills
- RE-HOME (Dir. Izzy Lee, USA, 2019)
- WHITE GIRL (Dir. Nadia Latif, UK, 2019)
- EXAM (Dir. Sonia K. Hadad, Iran, 2019)
- SNOWFLAKES (Dir. Faye Jackson, UK, 2019)
- TORCHING THE DUSTIES (Dir. Marlene Goldman, Canada, 2019)
- REFORMED (Dir. Samantha Timms, Australia, 2019)
- TINGLE MONSTERS (Dir. Alexandra Serio, USA, 2019).
Set III: Graveyard Shift
- NEUROTICA EPISODE 1: EURIKA! (Dir. Laura Moss, USA, 2019)
- PLAYTIME’S OVER (Dir. Tony Reames, Written by Haley Reams, USA, 2019)
- THE VAMPIRE OF SOHO (Dir. Andy Edwards, Produced by Patricia Rybarczyk & Tansi Inayat, UK, 2019)
- ALTITUDE (Dir. Nicole Scherer, Austria, 2019)
- PEPPER (Dir. Kate Felix, Canada, 2019)
- ZOMBIOSIS (Dir. Cris Gambín, Spain, 2018)
- SEVEN LEVELS DEEP (Dir. Pina Brutal, Germany, 2019)
- INFERNAL REQUIEM (Dir. Barbara Como, Italy, 2019)
- GIRL IN THE SHED (Dir. Sophie Ansell, UK, 2019)
- REVENGE ANGELS (Dir. Maren Moreno, USA, 2019)
- MOTHER’S GUT (Dir. Matty Mancey, UK, 2019)
Set IV: #MeToo
- WOMAN IN STALL (Dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinell, Canada/UK, 2018)
- LILI (Dir. Yfke van Berckelaer, The Netherlands, 2019)
- THE RAT (Dir. Carlen May-Mann, USA, 2019)
- SAFE SPACE (Dir. Annabelle Attanasio, USA, 2019)
- THE FOLLOWER (Dir. Stepahnie Szerlip, USA, 2019)
- GASLIGHT (Dir. Louisa Weichmann, Australia, 2019)
- RAPE CARD (Dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Nathan Hughes-Berry, USA, 2017)
Set V: Queer Horror
- SKIN (Dir. Audrey Rosenberg, USA, 2019)
- TEA PARTIES FOR BABIES (Dir. Teja LoBreglio, USA, 2019)
- LABRYS (Dir. BJ Colangelo, USA, 2019)
- BLOOD ORANGE (Dir. Aliya Haq, USA, 2018)
- LOVE LETTER (Dir. Zeddy Chevron, Canada, 2019)
- DESTRUCTION MAKES THE WORLD BURN BRIGHTER (Dir. Kalen Artinian, Produced by Claire Allore, Brendon Whelton & Alexandria Benoit, Canada, 2019)
- LONE WOLF (Dir. January Jones, Australia, 2019)
Set VI: True Crime
- LAST SEEN (Dir. Drew Van Steenburgen, Written by Annie Powers & Drew Van Steenburgen, USA, 2019)
- SOUTH SHORE (Dir. Xavier Hamel, Produced by Nellie Carrier, Audrey D. Laroche & Xavier Hamel, Canada, 2018)
- PHOTOTAXIS (Dir. Melissa Ferrari, USA, 2017)
- WATCHING KARLA HOMOLKA (Dir. Jordan Steinhauer, Canada, 2019)
- KAYA (Dir. Catherine Fordham, USA, 2019)
- CHILDREN OF SATAN (Dir. Thea Hvistendahl, Sweden, 2019)
Set VII: Blood Ties
- NOT A BABY (Dir. Shannon Hanmer, Canada, 2019)
- FIRE GIRLS (Dir. Chell Stephen, USA, 2019)
- MAKR (Dir. Hana Kazim, UAE, 2019)
- WATER HORSE (Dir. Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple, USA, 2019)
- ELIXIR (Dir. Virginia Powers Hendry, USA, 2018)
- MAGGIE MAY (Dir. Mia’Kate Russell, Australia, 2018)
- CHANGELING (Dir. Faye Jackson, UK, 2019)
Set VIII: Folk Tales
- DRUM WAVE (Dir. Natalie Erika James, Australia, 2018)
- BOOGEYWOMAN (Dir. Erica Scoggins, USA, 2019)
- THE DOULA (Dir. Sarah Elliot, USA, 2019)
- ALWAYS GOING NEVER GONE (Wanda Nolan, Canada, 2019)
- HUNTING SEASON (Dir. Shannon Kohli, USA, 2019)
- XIOMARA (Dir. Loelle Monsanto, Suriname, 2019)
- VINEGAR BATHS (Dir. Amanda Nell Eu, Malaysia, 2018)
final girls berlin 2020
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Read More: Brooklyn Horror Film Festival featured some of the short films listed here. Check out my highlights from 2019.