Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2018 Lineup

If their is one thing we all want, it's more representation of women in the genre. (Little secret, if you don't want that, this might not be the site for you.) Luckily as time marches on, the horror community is seeing increasing strides in this area and we have some really fun news for you all.

Returning the first weekend of February, the 1st through the 3rd, the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is back for its second round and it has one hell of an itinerary. The festival will consist of five feature films, six curated short blocks, a storyboarding workshop and a discussion on the relationship between women and vampires. The real awesome kicker? All the films are written, directed or produced by women or non-binary creators. 

This is exactly what the world needs more of and these films look absolutely killer.  This writer is fortunate enough to have seen both Prevenge and Most Beautiful Island and if the other films are even half as good as this couple of movies, any festival goers are in for a true surprise.

Below is a list of the movies and shorts being screened:

The Book of Birdie

The opening night feature is Anami Tara Shucart and Elizabeth E. Schuch’s offering The Book of Birdie. When a fragile, imaginative teenager is placed in a remote convent, will her unusual obsessions and hallucinations become a mark of sainthood or dark heresy? Reserved teen Birdie is sequestered to a life of religious servitude by her grandmother, in the hope that it will suppress the young girl‘s dark thoughts. Now far from home, her interests remain far from pious, as she develops a fascination with blood and sparks a romance with the groundkeeper's daughter. This haunting and aesthetically arresting directorial debut of Elizabeth E. Schuch features an all-woman cast. UK, dir. Elizabeth E. Schuch

Lyle

mother’s grief turns to paranoia when she begins to suspect her eccentric neighbors are involved in a satanic pact. Starring Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent, Girls) and Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill), and paying homage to Rosemary's Baby, this queer psychological horror brings the viewer through a nightmarish journey of gaslighting, loss, loneliness, and mistrust. USA, dir. Stewart Thorndike

Pin Cushion

ona and her mother are new in town and excited about starting a new chapter in their lives, but things don’t go as they hoped in this off-kilter, heart-wrenching film about two generations of outcasts. This ‘social horror’ film world premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. UK, dir. Deborah Haywood

Prevenge

pitch black, wryly British comedy, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. UK, dir. Alice Lowe

Most Beautiful Island

Most Beautiful Island is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, Most Beautiful Island chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana's day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. USA, Dir. Ana Asensio

SHORTS

 

Obsession

Please Love Me Forever (Dir. Holy Fatma, France, 2016)

Fry Day (Dir. Laura Moss, USA, 2017)

Nothing A Little Soap and Water Can't Fix (Dir. Jennifer Proctor, USA, 2017)

:(  (Dir. Sydney Clara Brafman, USA, 2017)

Waste (Dir. Justine Raczkiewicz, USA, 2016)

Don't Ever Change (Dir. Don Swaynos, US, 2017)

Dead. Tissue. Love. (Dir. Tasha Austin-Green, UK, 2017)

 

Mind Games

Bbrown Wreck-Loose (Dir. Tristian Montgomery, USA, 2017)

Liz Drives (Dir. Mia’kate Russell, Australia, 2017)

The Heavy Atoms (Dir. Alice Evermore, Germany, 2017)

The Clip (Dir. Maria Forslin, Sweden, 2016)

Tone Death (Dir. Sinnead Stoddart, UK, 2017)

Highway (Dir. Vanessa Gazy, Australia, 2016)

Black Coat (Dir. Tatiana Vyshegorodseva, Russia, 2017)

Don't Open Your Eyes (Dirs. Adrián García Bogliano & Andrea Quiroz, Sweden, 2017)

 

ark Gatherings

What Metal Girls Are Into (Dir. Laurel Veil, USA, 2017)

Blood Sisters (Dir. Caitlin Koller, Australia, 2017)

Spotlight (Dir. Joe Savage, UK, 2017)

Madder Isle (Dir. Laura Spark, UK, 2017)

The Penny Dropped (Dir. A D Cooper, UK, 2016)

Mab (Dir. Katie Bonham, UK, 2017)

Prayers (Dir. Edda Manriquez, USA, 2016)

The Contest (Dir. Aimee Morgan, USA, 2017)

Devil Is On His Way (Dir. Ophelie Neve, Belgium, 2017)

 

etamorphosis

 

Talking Heads (Dir. Alyx Melone, Canada, 2017)

The Day Mum Became A Monster(Dir. Joséphine Hopkins, France, 2017)

Apocalypse Babies (Dir. Anabelle Berkani, Canada, 2017)

Beautiful Injuries Dir. Judith Beauvallet, France, 2017)

Nana (Dir. Yunxuan Wang, China 2017)

Le Peau Savage (Dir. Ariane Louis-Seize, Canada, 2016)

 

Family Dysfunction

Unbearing (Dir. Aidan Weaver, USA, 2016)

Madame Macabre Tells A Terrible Tale About Rongues (Dir. Tracy Rosenblum, USA, 2017)

Metamorphosis (Dir. Elaine Xia, USA/China, 2017)

Home Education (Dir. Andrea Niada, UK, 2017)

Creswick (Dir. Natalie Erika James, Australia, 2016)

 

erial Killers

 

Strange As Angels (Dir. Austin Elston, USA, 2017)

Hobby Shop (Dirs. Stephanie Liquorish & Isabel Stanfield, Australia, 2017)

Marta (Dir. Lucia Forner Segarra, Spain, 2017)

Don't Ever Change (Dir. Don Swaynos, USA, 2017)

Shoes (Dir. Ray Kermani, Belgium, 2017)

Fry Day (Dir. Laura Moss, USA, 2017)