Five under-the-radar picks for the Starz Denver Film Festival
It's that time again -- the Starz Denver Film Fest is here, bringing joy for the cinephile girls and boys. With almost 200 films in every genre, from all over the world, there's a lot to take in. To help navigate the schedule, we asked festival programmer Matt Campbell to steer us toward some of the smaller, less obvious films and events on the festival schedule -- the films that may be under the radar, but are no less impressive for it. Here are Campbell's picks and descriptions, in chronological order.
Go Down Death
"Go Down Death is a bizarre little film all shot on Super 16mm black and white. It has a very David Lynch, old-school Guy Maddin feel to it. It's this guy, a first-time filmmaker, who had a surgery at NYU hospital, and when he was coming out of it he had a morphine-induced fever dream and this film is a result of that. It's really bizarre. It's kind of like a bunch of vignettes of this no-name town and the weird characters who inhabit it. It's been compared to a screenplay written by William Faulkner and shot by David Lynch. That's the best way to describe it. It's definitely off the beaten path, but I really, really enjoyed it."
"We're doing a focus on international cinema, like we do every year, and this year it's Netherlands, so we have a lot of really cool Dutch cinema. Probably the highlight of that is a film called Borgman, which is this bizarre film that got picked up by Drafthouse FIlms. It's really cool. Borgman, the title character, is this other-worldly figure who's really like a criminal, but you don't really know. He's something more than that. He has sort of a gang of criminals that initially are hiding in the forest, underneath the ground. Some townsfolk and a priest come to chase them away and they basically invade a suburban family's home. They don't exactly take it over, but slip in and sort of manipulate them into letting them coexist, then bad things happen as a result."