Ohh la la – Fornacis

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Fornacis is the debut feature length of French director Aurelia Mengin and looks to be a thing of artistic beauty and perfectly suited to fans of the work of Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani (Amer; The Strange Colour Of Your Bodies Tears; Let The Corpses Tan).

Ominous and strange the trailer (see below) gives little away but possesses the tone and aesthetic of the French New Wave of Horror and the more recent independent arthouse horrors as exemplified by the previously mentioned Belgian duo.

I know little of the plot itself only that it see’s Anya (played by director Aurelia Mengin), a mourning woman, drive to the unknown in her vintage car, a 1961 Facel Vega, with only a mysterious urn as her traveling companion. Consumed by sadness and loneliness, Anya falls into a confused world, where her memories and her fantasies are merged in a strikingly visual yet almost silent film.

Fornacis also features Philllipe Nahon (Seul Contre Tous, Irreversible) and Anna D’Annunzio (The Strange Color Of Your Bodies Tears).

Check the trailer below. Also if you are in the UK the film will be showing at the Paracinema film festival in Derby on Sunday 5 May.

RAGE OF FIRE 2 (2018) BY MATHIEU CAILLIERE

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Director: Mathieu Cailliere
Writer: Mathieu Cailliere, Sebastien Petitjean, Jeremy Vazzoli
Year: 2018
Starring: Sebastien Petitjean, Mathieu Cailliere, Lorelei Meunier, Kevin Duragrin

One of my fondest memories as a child was waking up on a Christmas morning and discovering that Santa Claus had left me a brand new Sega Mega-Drive. I loved that console (and its rival the SNES which I also would later own) and the whole range of games available in particular the sideways scrolling beat-em-up’s that I would play constantly both at home and in the local arcade while on a seaside holiday. The Final Fight and Streets of Rage series were my equal favourites if you must know.

So over the last few years it has been nice from both a nostalgic and cinematic point of view that there has been a few short grindhouse-style film releases (KUNG FURY and JUST JUSTICE III being the best of the crop) that played into my love of 16-bit entertainment and action.

Courtesy of the Mase Brothers I can add another title to this ever-growing list;
RAGE OF FIRE 2!

Throwing in references to Streets of Rage, Street Fighter and Doom amongst others RAGE OF FIRE 2 follows cop Axel return from his self-imposed exile to vanquish the evil Mr Gun who has returned from the dead and taken Axel’s sister, Gina, hostage within an armoured warehouse.

Cue skateboarding gun-toting smart-ass action that really commits to the 16-bit video game style. All of the dialogue is delivered on-screen adding to the authenticity meanwhile the action is delivered through a combination of live action and in-game style action (and both, with a first person shoot-em’up style) with some neat touches like the eating of a digitalised apple to visibly boost a health bar thrown in for good measure.

RAGE OF FIRE 2 is a short film that perfectly recreates the 16-bit action game feeling and manages to do so along with some well judged humour, well lit cinematic shots (director Mathieu Cailliere knows his stuff) and a storming soundtrack.

Stay cool! Stay retro!

Oh and keep an eye out for the Stay Puft Marshmallow man in the background. You can watch the film on the Mase Brothers YouTube channel or below: