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Knife + Heart

Yann Gonzalez

We were lucky enough to preview Knife + Heart at this year’s Dundead Film Festival in May, and it was one of the hits of the festival. If you missed it the first time round, don’t miss your chance to see this singular vision of horror and beauty back on the big screen.

"A sensual, psychedelic brew..."

In the summer of 1979, Parisian filmmaker Anne (Vanessa Paradis) makes third-rate gay porn movies featuring her motley crew of actors. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet. But when Anna’s cast are being targeted by a masked killer, she finds herself drawn into an investigation that turns her life upside-down. Deftly balancing grimy exploitation thrills, uncomfortable moments of real dramatic pathos, mesmerizing visuals and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, a heady dose of pitch-perfect humour, Knife + Heart is a sensual, psychedelic brew where the future of the horror genre meets the past in exhilarating fashion.

Following the acclaimed You and the Night, this latest film by Yann Gonzalez is a delirious, ultrastylish and bloodsoaked riff on the Italian Giallo genre with influences from Brian De Palma (Dressed To Kill) and William Friedkin (Cruising). Beautifully shot on 35mm film and with a chameleonic, utterly beguiling music score by M83, Knife + Heart is a unique cinematic experience, and a sure-fire future cult classic.