american independents
In 2018, you can once again expect to enjoy both established Hollywood stars and newcomers in our longestrunning festival section. In David Robert Mitchell’s madcap adventure film UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (featured in the competition section at Cannes 2018), former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield encounters an apparent conspiracy and dog killers to boot. In the horror comedy PIERCING by Nicolas Pesce, a businessman gives in to strange inclinations. BOMB CITY by Jameson Brooks and MONSTERS AND MEN by Reinaldo Marcus Green couldn’t be timelier if they wanted to. The former paints an emotionally unsettling nightmare portrait of the USA of the 1990s, while MONSTERS AND MEN shows the murder of a black man by a white police officer from three different perspectives. WE THE COYOTES by Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via and LA BARRACUDA by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin treat the American Dream from today’s vantage point. Whereas the couple in WE THE COYOTES desperately hopes to finally get lucky in Los Angeles, in LA BARRACUDA a young Brit travels to deepest Texas to meet up with her half-sister – both the daughters of a merely semi-successful country musician. All six films – including three German premieres and four debuts – are politically incorrect in their own ways and deal with bad news from Trumpland.

BOMB CITY

LA BARRACUDA

MONSTERS AND MEN

PIERCING

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

WE THE COYOTES [NOUS, LES COYOTES]

Shorts as openers