Who knew a historical epic about potato farming in Denmark in the mid-18th century would be packed with so much blood, determination, and greed?
Screening in Toronto this week as part of the Inside Out Film Festival, Icelandic film Heartstone packs an emotional punch.
The Commune represents a kinder and gentler film by the standards of director Thomas Vinterberg, but the comedy still gets pretty dark.
As one might expect, the flashy UK remake of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher ends up being a mostly pointless exercise, adding a tonne of shallow style but very little substance to the proceedings. Director Luis Prieto pushes the source material through that Guy Ritchie gangster movie filter, and in the process robs his remake of the gritty naturalism that made the rough around the edges original work.