dir. Greg Zglinski
95 min.,Switzerland, Austria, Poland, 2017
A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination.
A young woman called Andrea jumps to her death from the third floor of an apartment block in Vienna. A little earlier: the same apartment block is home to Nick, a chef, and Anna, who writes children‘s books. Anna thinks Nick has been having an affair with Andrea, but despite these suspicions she hopes that she and Nick can rejuvenate their relationship. They travel to Switzerland, where they hope to perform this “reset”. Mischa, an art student, is looking after their apartment in Vienna while they are away. Anna thinks Mischa looks like Andrea, and Anna also has a déjà vu experience in Lausanne. Soon the different levels begin to overlap and blur. Anna starts to wonder if she is going out of her mind. She senses that she has become trapped in a different reality. Is it all a result of the car accident she and Nick had when they arrived here? Is she just imagining everything? The talking cat – which was supposed to feature in her latest children‘s book?
VHS HELL are regular shows of cheap and wonderfully awkward genre films, which we found on the lowest shelves of the video cassette rental and which are so terribly bad that they are good.
Sorority House Massacre II
dir. Jim Wynorski,
80 min, USA, 1989
Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They got it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before. They decide to stay in it for the night so they can meet the movers in the morning, but begin to get the creeps when the weird neighbor Orville Ketchum starts poking around. Shortly after the women take showers and consult a Ouija board they begin experiencing an attrition problem.
The Sun Island
dir. Thomas Elsaesser
89 min., Germany, 2017
The Sun Island (Die Sonneninsel) documents the life and professional career of his grandfather, Martin Elsaesser (1884-1957), who was architect and chief city planner in Frankfurt from 1925 to 1932. The recent and controversial acquisition of the latter’s landmark building, the Frankfurt Central Market, by the European Central Bank as the site of their new headquarters, allows the film to draw attention to the importance of Martin Elsaesser’s place in the city’s architectural history, and to the neglect of his legacy.
But the film also revolves around Martin’s private life, and notably his wife Liesel’s long-standing liaison with landscape architect Leberecht Migge. Home movies and photographs are combined with personal letters and contemporary interviews to create an intimate portrait of these relationships, and of the protagonists’ collective attempt to create a self-sufficient utopia on Sun Island during the crucial years between the Weimar Republic and World War Two.
(before the screening, a meeting with the director of the film – 14.15 – 15.15)
reż. Wojciech Solarz
61min., Polska, 2018
Wojtek spends all days in the deer blind tower in the forest and hunts with the forester, plundering the nearby villages and towns of the capercaillie. One evening he comes back from work and encounters a strange phenomenon.