Midnight Mov(i)es Programme includes three screenings of twisted films that are perfect late night experiences. The films tell stories of animalistic, wild, cranky and failed escapades of different species, with plenty of humour to boot.
The first screening includes two festival hits: Las Palmas (Sweden 2011) by Johannes Nyholm is a film about a furious toddler in a bar, whereas Nighthawk by Špela Čadež (Slovenia, Croatia 2016) tells a story of a drunken badger wreaking havoc behind the wheel.
Sore Eyes for Infinity by Elli Vuorinen (Finland 2016) is a film about an optician who comes face to face with a collection of curious clients during her workday. 2 Girls 1 Cake by Jens Dahl (2 piger 1 kage, Denmark 2013) tells a story about two girls’ reunion after a traumatic near-death experience.
In the film called Kitchen by Alice Winocour (France 2005) a young woman prepares American-style lobster and tries to kill them as neatly as possible. Nose Nose Nose Eyes! by Jiwon Moon (South Korea 2017) tells about the terrifying day when a ten year old girl witnesses her mother stabbing her father’s eyes to get insurance money. The Absence of Eddy Table (Norway 2016) is a romantic horror short film by Rune Spaans. Lost in a dark forest, protagonist Eddy Table stumbles upon a mysterious girl and dangerous parasites.
The second screening is mainly focused on carnal adventures. Desire, lust and madness collide when people meet in elevators, parks, theatres, off license stores and even during the post-production of a film.
Möbius by Sam Kuhn (France 2017) tells about a teen poet whose beloved lies lifeless in a steam. Superbia by Luca Tóth (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia 2016) is situated in the surrealistic land where men and women form separate societies. In this film the native people of the land face the changes sparked by the first equal couple in their history. Moon in the Liquor by Zeng Yong (China 2017) is a story between a drunk man and a woman which goes from absurd reality to dreamy delusion
The Plumber (Le Plombier) by Xavier Seron and Méryl Fortunat-Rossi (Belgium 2016) is a short film about Tom, a Flemish comedian used to make cartoons character’s voices, replaces offhand a friend doubler. Finally he finds himself in the studio of a pornographic frenchspeaking film playing the plumber. Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire in the film Islands by Yann Gonzalez (Les Îles, Ranska 2017), and Etage X by Francy Fabritz (Germany 2016) is a short film of an accidental meeting in an elevator which leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise by the time the elevator gets stuck.
The third screening mixes horror, comedy and social issues. In the South Korean film Behind the Hole by Shin Seoyoung (2019) a woman gets tired of toilet voyeurs and turns into a vigilante. The phenomenon in question is a weird facet of sexual abuse in South Korea, one that the authorities have only recently recognised. The final film of the screening is the South Korean Me show z gwi by Hyun-Seok Song (2019) that describes the country’s work culture in its own way.
Animated film 1st Day & Next Minute by Sara Koppel is an explicit rush adventure into a she-persons zone of desires where lust and responsibility is constantly dividing and demanding needs. Drive (Pulsion, Argentina, France 2019) by Pedro Casavecchia is a mysterious piece that explores the twisted story of a kid growing up in a dysfunctional family.
The protagonist in Bad Hair by Oskar Lehemaa (Karv, Estonia 2019) is Leo (35) who has closed himself in his apartment to try hair growth liquid for fixing up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses with his skin and hair and as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control the evening quickly turns into chaos. In the film Elephant by Suzanna Zawieja (Elefant, Germany 2016) a hearable silence swells between mother and daughter and becomes tangible, as it takes the form of an actual creature.