Genre: Thriller

  • Monster

    Monster

    An incident involving a troubled schoolboy has ramifications for the wider community. Shape-shifting mystery drama from distinguished Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters), featuring a score by the late great Ryuichi Sakamoto.  Winner Cannes Best Screenplay Award.

  • Rififi

    Rififi

    Enormously influential French crime classic: Jules Dassin depicts the perfect heist in more ways than one, telling his story so effectively that he provided the template for the entire heist movie genre.  Best Director Award, Cannes. 

  • Cairo Conspiracy

    Cairo Conspiracy

    A gripping, compelling political thriller: a fisherman’s son becomes embroiled in the power games of contemporary Cairo.

  • Holy Spider

    Holy Spider

    Zar Amir Ebrahimi won Best Actress at Cannes for her role as an investigative journalist going undercover to track down a killer.

  • Pamfir

    Pamfir

    A family man returned from working abroad is dragged back into crime for one last job. Thrilling and compelling Ukrainian drama set deep in the Carpathians during carnival season, drawing on local folklore to great visual and dramatic effect. "Savagely cinematic, charged with feral energy" (Guardian)."Bold and brave, like its protagonist, PAMFIR gorges on its…

  • Riders of Justice

    Riders of Justice

    A revenge thriller that combines deadpan humour and violence will inevitably evoke the Coen brothers, while the dynamic of a scarred older man and a young girl on a revenge mission has its precursors in films such as Kiss-Ass and Léon (that the young girl is also called Mathilde is surely no coincidence in a…

  • Wild Men

    Wild Men

    Danish cinema is having a moment. The last two years have seen the release of award-winning films like Another Round, Riders of Justice, Flee and The Guilty. Wild Men co-writer and director Thomas Deneskov credits the Danish Film Institute and public support: “The funding system allows us to really play, and not worry about making…

  • The Harder They Come

    The Harder They Come

    The subsequent role of the film in the popularisation of reggae has detracted from the fact that it’s actually an entertaining crime thriller whose appeal owed much to its social authenticity, notably the use of patois, which gave the film the sense of a national conversation about poverty and opportunity a decade after the early…

  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    Police Sergeant Bannion is investigating the apparent suicide of a policeman, when he is suddenly ordered to stop. Bent coppers and systemic corruption drive this classic Hollywood noir, incisively directed by emigré Fritz Lang, visionary creator of the dystopian Metropolis and disturbing M. Essentially a 1950s B movie, The Big Heat has since attained enduring…

  • Drive

    Drive

    Accounts differ over how they came to collaborate on Drive, but Refn and Gosling both describe their close relationship as “telekinetic.” Their greatest difference is that Refn can’t drive. Most of the film is shot with wide-angle lenses. “I want you to see what’s behind the actor, what’s going on behind the character action,” says…

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