June on World Movies is chock-full of provocative films. We’re showing bold and uncompromising works from film makers who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Here are our top films you must watch this month:
#1: Dark and Downright Dangerous
Wednesdays in June, we dare you to test your limits with provocative tales from the dark side of horror with these 5 films:
The Ardennes – Wednesday 7 June 8.30pm
As adults, we quickly realise that maintaining healthy, mutually trustworthy relationships with family and significant others is by no means a walk in the park.
Directed by Robin Pront, this dark Belgian drama explores the deteriorating relationship that transpires between two brothers after a botched robbery forces one to leave the other behind. Once reunited, their strained relationship is put to the test by conflicting interests and a complicated love triangle that manifests itself on screen through unsettling violent outbursts and tense dialogue.
Evolution – Wednesday 14 June 8.30pm
Childhood is a period where we’re vulnerable, easily impressionable and taught exactly what is right and wrong. But what if the teachers are wrong, what if your gut instinct is gnawing away at you, whispering that the environment you’re being held in, is off?
Ten year-old Nicholas (Max Brebant) brilliantly encapsulates a boy trying to understand what is going on around him. After a grim discovery on an innocent swim, Nicholasa starts to question why his isolated community of only women and children is so tight lipped about what medical procedures are being conducted on his peers.
Having aired at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Evolution offers an intriguing and unsettling experience not to be missed.
Black – Wednesday 28 June 8.30pm
It’s a grim reality that discrimination still exists in the world today. It’s even more disheartening to realise that it remains a barrier in pursuing one’s true love.
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Black is a gritty, Romeo and Juliet-esque film that depicts a young couples struggle to stay together despite being caught up in opposing sides of a violent gang war in Brussels.
It’s dark, sexy and downright riveting to see the two factions try and turn the lovers against each other by any means possible, in a modern setting that could apply to anyone.
#2: Premiere: Virgin Mountain– Wednesday 21 June 8.30pm
Taking away prizes for best narrative feature, actor and screenplay at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Virgin Mountain is a heartrending romantic comedy with unexpected heroes.
Fúsi (Gunnar Jónsson), a 43 year old man, still lives with his mother and her boyfriend. With very few friends and childish hobbies, Fúsi is a social outcast. Even when he makes friends with his eight-year-old neighbour Hera (Franziska Una Dagsdóttir), people suspect him of being a child molester. Battered by decades of rejection and low self-esteem, he is painfully shy, and still a virgin.
When his mother pressures him into exploring new social avenues, Fúsi grudgingly agrees to attend line-dancing classes, where he meets fellow lost soul Sjöfn (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir). An eccentric garbage worker with fantasies of running her own flower shop, Sjöfn soon takes a shine to her new dance partner, slowly teasing him out of his protective shell with the life-changing promise of sex and romance.
#3: Leading Men: Kim Ki-duk – Every Sunday in May
In a career spanning nearly two decades, one of the most controversial film directors, Kim Ki-duk is coming to World Movies. The film legend has directed close to twenty feature films and has evolved from enfant terrible into arthouse darling, courting controversy and collecting accolades at every turn.
Four provocative films of Kim Ki-duk are showing this month on World Movies, including:
Pieta – Sunday 4 June 6.45pm
Made quickly and on a small budget, Pieta is an often disturbing revenge tale, moody and morally challenging, where redemption for one of recent cinema’s most dark-hearted anti-heroes seems just out of grasp. It tells the story of a pitiless and anger-fuelled debt collector and an equally brutal moneylender.
Bag Guy – Sunday 11 June 6.50pm
In Bad Guy, Kim asks audiences, Why is it that though everyone is born the same, with equal rights and equal qualities, we are divided and categorized as we grow older? Why are we judged according to our looks and appearances?
Kim explores if it really is impossible for these classes to get along and for their worlds to merge.
Moebius – Sunday 18 June 6.55pm
In Moebius, Kim tries to convey the real pain and suffering of people. It tells the story of a father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father’s, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.
Time – Sunday 25 Junne 6.45pm
In an effort to save a failing relationship, a woman undergoes extreme plastic surgery.
Time has been described as a comedy about the hollowness of relationships in a global consumerist culture. The film’s three lead performances, by Mr. Ha as Ji-woo and by Ms. Seong and Ms. Park as the two incarnations of his lover, are fearlessly honest, so attuned to contemporary anxieties about sex, love and social status that the characters’ unhappiness is as squirm-inducing as the movie’s close-ups of sliced flesh.