Since its release in 1962, Experiment in Terror has inspired artists from David Lynch to Lana Del Rey. Sometimes considered a neo-noir due to its production several years after the film noirs heyday, the movie represents a bridge between the classic noir period of the 1940s and the glut of serial killer content which started arriving in the wake of The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
David Lynchs Inland Empire (2006) is perhaps the filmmakers most inscrutable film. In a new monograph on the film, Melissa Anderson contextualizes the movie as a simulacrum of the themes both Lynch and actor/star Laura Dern have taken on throughout their careers.
As a careful survey of a filmmaker whose work is not yet finished, Dissident Cinema is a compelling appraisal and appreciation of Bongs body of work. Tackling each of his seven features (and more), Han contextualizes the films and filmmaker through various essays and a series of interviews with some of Bongs frequent collaborators.
A tense suspense story about three soldiers hiding from scavenging locals and desperately searching for water in a forbidden cave, Do Not Hesitate (2021) is an unflinching film with a particularly dark twist that sends the film toward compelling and disturbing territory.
The Cyprus International Film Festival represents an intriguing initiative to bring film culture to the periphery of the European Union and raise awareness of Cypruss complex geopolitical situation.