GERMAN ANGST Finds a Happy Home with Artsploitation Films
North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films continues its focus on provocative international genre movies with the North American acquisition of this 3-film anthology which premiered at the 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival.
The films – all of which deal with love, sex and death in a decidedly unconventional way – were written and directed by three equally controversial underground filmmakers: the legendary Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik (1987), The Death King (1990)), Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali(2004), and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed (2014). As can be expected from these directors, these tales are less romantic and much more mystical and disturbing.
German Angst includes:
“Final Girl” (Jörg Buttgereit)
The first episode, tells the story of a young girl who lives with her guinea pig in a dirty apartment in Berlin. Seemingly a little lonely except for that bound and gagged man tied to her bed.
“Make a Wish” (Michal Kosakowski)
This gut-wrenching tale involves a young deaf-mute couple who are attacked by a group of skinhead hooligans. However, they are in possession of a mysterious talisman that could help them.
“Alraune” (Andreas Marschall)
The finale follows a man who stumbles upon a secret sex club that promises the ultimate sexual experience by using a drug made from the roots of the legendary Mandragora plant. But the ecstatic experiences have horrific side-effects.
Artsploitation’s president Ray Murray said, “German Angst is a singularly memorable film experience. It is infused with amazingly dark, violent, and disturbing ruminations on love and sex. And if this is German romance, let’s just say I won’t be dating a German any time soon.” He commented, “Actually, in a time when so many horror films are familiarly formulaic, it is amazing that this “romantic” threesome is seismically more horrific.”
Matteo Lovadina, CEO of Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects, said, “We are very happy to work again with Artsploitation. They are the perfect fit for this film that has proved to be a double player both on the art house and horror fields. Raymond Murray and his team will surely release German Angst with all the attention required by an already cult feature."
The triptych, which is having its North American Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 18th and will continue its festival run. A DVD/Blu-ray and VOD release is scheduled for the 1stquarter of 2016.