First selection of debut films announced
The Imagine Film Festival, which will take place from 12 to 22 April in EYE, Amsterdam, pays close attention to up-and-coming film talent. The selection for 2017 currently includes no less than fourteen feature film debuts from five different countries.
Prior editions of the festival have confirmed that Imagine has a keen eye for new talent: three of the four audience award winners were debut films. That offers bright prospects to the fourteen debut films that Imagine has selected to date.
There are two animation films in the selection: the hand-drawn Nova Seed, in which humanity has to rescue the world from Mad Doctor Mindskull, and the exuberant coming-of-age fantasy My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, in which a high school slowly disappears into the sea after an earthquake (with voices by Lena Dunham and Jason Schwartzman, amongst others). Another coming-of-age fantasy is the Australian Girl Asleep, about Greta, who is hurled into a parallel world on her 15th birthday. Also from Australia is The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, about a man who experiences time backwards and only remembers the future.
There are also three American indie dramas with a fantastic edge. In Man Underground, a lonely man makes a film about himself. The Transfiguration is about a boy in an impoverished neighbourhood who turns out to be a vampire. And in Always Shine, two actresses provide their rivalry with a new twist. In addition, there are the festival favourites: Are We Not Cats, with outsiders who eat their own hair, The Eyes of My Mother, about a girl who processes the death of her mother in her very own way, and The Greasy Strangler, the most disgusting film of Imagine 2017 for the time being.
Strong debut films can be found elsewhere in the world as well: the Hungarian Loop combines time travel with a critical view on our society. The Irish-British K-Shop wraps its criticism on society in a fascinating cannibal film. We also show that other cannibal film and the horror sensation: Raw. Things are significantly calmer in the absurdist Aloys, in which a lonely detective becomes embroiled in a phone game.