Walk This Way to live dangerously with Men on the Edge
After a successful first edition in 2015 – which saw some 280 multi-territorial releases involving the creation of 180 sets of subtitles – Walk This Way is back, bringing 50 European films to many of the continent's Video-on-Demand platforms, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sony, XboX, and key local platforms like Filmin, Filmmit and Universcinéand. The initiative returns with a new instalment of the very first collection it released. The thriller and noir film selection Men on the Edge, which last year featured titles by Rachid Bouchareb (Two Men in Town) and Pierre Jolivet (Armed Hands), will unleash fury, rampage and suspense through eight of the most acclaimed genre films of recent years.
Nobody from Nowhere (Un illustre inconnu), by French filmmaker Mathieu Delaporte, leads the pack with the gripping story of Sébastien Nicolas, a realtor who, in order to escape his dull life, takes to disguising himself as the people he meets – risking stumbling into a lot of danger. Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Marie-Josée Croze and Eric Caravaca, the film will be available in Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Italy.
A tale of crime and corruption, Icelandic title Brave Men’s Blood (Borgríki 2) by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson puts the spotlight on the Reykjavik P.D., where the ambitious head of the internal affairs unit tries to get closer to taking down a major criminal organisation by investigating a corrupt police lieutenant. A box-office hit in Iceland, the film was screened at several festivals and will be available in Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
The selection will also feature women on the edge: Gold, by German director Thomas Arslan, follows a small group of Germans, led by Emily Meyer, as they head into the hostile northern territory of British Columbia in the summer of 1898, in search of gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Ravishing German actress Nina Hoss stars in the film, which competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and will be available in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Relations between women and men are taken to the extreme by unclassifiable French brothers Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu in their film Love is the Perfect Crime (L’amour est un crime parfait). Starring Mathieu Amalric, Karin Viard, Maïwenn, Sara Forestier and Denis Podalydès, the film follows Marc, a college professor who has a chain of affairs with his female students – until one of them suddenly disappears and her stepmother shows up on campus determined to find out what happened... Viewers from Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Sweden will be able to watch the film.
Having recently competed for the Golden Bear in Berlin, Stratos by Greek filmmaker Yannis Economides takes a fiery look at the Greek crisis and how men are pushed to their limits in unbearable living conditions. Stratos works in a bread factory by night, but by day, he’s a professional hitman – he’s stuck in the middle of a dangerous triangle, between a friend in prison he must free and the 8-year-old neighbour he looks after. Issues of honour, wrongdoing and danger give the film its dark nature. It will be shown in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
A personal crisis in a marginalised community is also the driving force behind Cracks in Concrete (Risse im Beton). The film, by Austrian filmmaker Umut Dag, follows a tough, aggressive young man who is sentenced to jail for second-degree murder and released a broken man, and his difficult relationship with his younger son, who he has to look after without revealing his true identity. Audiences in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be able to see it.
Rat King, by Finnish filmmaker Petri Kotwica, follows two 18-year-old Internet gaming buddies who come across a game with real-life tasks and end up being led into serious trouble, going so far as to blur the line between the gaming world and reality. A radical story that will be shown in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Another story about a dark chase with a nightmarish atmosphere is Gone, by Swedish filmmaking duo Mattias Olsson and Henrik JP Åkesson. A SUV follows a middle-aged woman who, after a recent family tragedy, has started a new life in a new location – embarking on a paranoid voyage into the unknown. The thriller will be available in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Upcoming collections soon to be revealed!
01 April 2016, by Cineuropa