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Six of the Fest: Thrillers!

In the first of an ongoing series, we highlight the best new genre movies showing at the EIFF. Kicking things off is a selection of suspenseful thrillers from around the globe, each one bringing somet...

In the first of an ongoing series, we highlight the best new genre movies showing at the EIFF. Kicking things off is a selection of suspenseful thrillers from around the globe, each one bringing something new to the genre. These are tense, stylish originals that will keep you perched on the edge of your seat.

The Right of the Weakest is the latest from the acclaimed director of Le Trilogie, Lucas Belvaux. This story of a trio of unemployed men driven to crime is a blue-collar thriller, shot in a social realist style without sacrificing tension. Gritty, compelling and morally complex, this ranks as one of the most original in the genre. Not to be missed.

The Prodigy is a gripping and, at times, ultra-violent chase thriller in which a small-time mob enforcer attempts to hunt down a masked hitman who is always one step ahead of the game. Director William Kaufman has worked wonders with a modest budget, in a film so slick and tight that it puts many a studio production to shame.

The Page Turner of this film supplants herself into the life of the concert pianist who destroyed her childhood dream of a career in music. This slow-burning revenge drama is skilfully constructed, the cuckoo of this piece nestling comfortably before wreaking havoc.   

The Aura sees Argentinian director Bieleinsky fulfill the promise of his 2000 debut Nine Queens, with a taut crime thriller. This story of an epileptic taxidermist who dreams of executing the perfect crime, carefully builds angst to a perfectly pitched crescendo.

The Uncertain Guest deserves the favourable comparisons to Hitchcock it has garnered, sustaining a level of suspense that the master himself would have been proud of. The simple narrative concerns an architect who lets a stranger into his vast house to make use of the telephone. The stranger disappears and the tension climbs to near unbearable levels.

Next Door is a Norwegian psychological thriller in which a recently separated thirty-something gets involved with the neighbouring femmes fatale. The demented sexual encounters between the threesome are reminiscent of Lynch at his most extreme but don’t just serve as shock tactics. Kristoffer Joner is outstanding as the tortured soul in a tale of intrigue that is visually stunning.

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