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Watch on Cineuropa: Thrillers worth your time

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- Ten new thrillers for you to watch and enjoy on our pages, from the comforts – and safety – of home!

Watch on Cineuropa: Thrillers worth your time
Borgman by Alex Van Warmerdam

Our October spotlight on goosebumps-inducing indies continues with ten new thrillers hailing from all corners of the world, a selection of breath-taking gems for you to enjoy on Cineuropa, from the comforts – and safety - of home!

These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!

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Sweet Country

Warwick Thorton’s masterpiece adds an intriguing spin to the western genre. Impeccably shot and directed, it’s a brutal and gruesome tale set in Northern Australia, where an Aboriginal man’s struggle for justice exposes all the violence and brutality of British colonial rule. Winner of the Special Jury Prize in Venice in 2017.

Borgman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alex van Varmerdam
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile
]

Think of it as a companion piece to Haneke’s Funny Games: a rollicking and nail-biting look at an affluent family destroyed by a mysterious evil visitor. Except in Borgman, Alex van Warmedam’s best work to date, the motives of the bearded stranger tormenting his hosts are far less obvious, turning the film into a dreadful, claustrophobic journey of its own kind.

Julieta [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]

Only a director as attuned to the human condition as Pedro Almodóvar could give us a character as riveting and complex as Julieta, a woman who decides to start anew, leaving everything and everyone she knows behind. The director’s ability to patch together melodrama, suspense, and film noir tropes makes this thriller an unforgettable experience.

Why Me? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tudor Giurgiu
film profile
]

Based on a true story, this gorgeously crafted thriller by Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu follows a young attorney struggling to do the right thing in a world mired in corruption and vendettas of all sorts. A case the lawyer is working on may bring the whole system down – or shatter everything he’s built for himself.

Blue Ruin

Fans of the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino will find plenty to marvel at in this gripping revenge tale of a beach bum seeking justice for an unspeakable tragedy. Shipped to Locarno after a prize-winning first bow in Cannes, here’s a brilliant, suspense-drenched film you may have missed (and won’t forget).

Refugiado [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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Eight-year-old Matias and his newly pregnant mother Laura find themselves forced to flee the house they live in to escape another outburst of violence from Fabian. Straight from Cannes, where it screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014, comes this harrowing take on domestic abuse, graced with soul-crushing performances.

I Am Guilty

What’s wrong with Armin? In this suspenseful and original tale of guilt, fame and loneliness from writer-director Christoph Hochhäusler, a teenage boy keeps assuming responsibility for crimes he hasn’t committed. Between casual sex and self-destructive choices, will he ever find the solace he’s after?

Mr Kaplan [+see also:
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film profile
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A Holocaust tale - or rather, a tale of the Holocaust’s legacy on its survivors - set in Latin America, Mr Kaplan follows a Uruguayan Jew in his mid-70s on his hunt for a Nazi war criminal who’s supposedly hiding in the country’s interior. A quest for revenge that doubles as a fight to against the ghosts of an unspeakable atrocity.

Demonlover [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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More sex, lies and secrets come from a criminally overlooked work by Olivier Assayas: Demonlover, a paranoid thriller about a corporation dealing with 3-D manga porn, a gripping and must-see take on the artificial intimacies of our digital world.

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

Mexico’s claustrophobic bureaucracy gets an unflinching and nail-biting study in this singular thriller by Rodrigo Plá, who here follows Sofía, a woman caught in a David vs Goliath struggle against a system that seems impossible to defeat. Brace yourself for oodles of suspense and tension in this Latin American gem.

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