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Horrorant 2022: Filip Jan Rymsza And Mosquito State Take Home Top Honors

Horrorant 2022: Filip Jan Rymsza And Mosquito State Take Home Top Honors
After a two year absence Horrorant was back in Athens, Greece, ready to feed the needs of its audience.    Over eleven days attendees got to catch up on some of the best offerings from the international genre community these past two years. Favorites like Luz: The Flower of Evil, Post Mortem, The Sadness and Mosquito State came to town.    All four were winners at this year's festival. After careful consideration, the jury of festival- which I was honored to be a part of this year- chose Mosquito State for best picture with best director honors going to Filip Jan Rymsza.    The beauty of Luz: The Flower of Evil is still pretty unmatched two years later which is why we gave the Cinematography...

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Roland Joffe in Talks for World Wars Movie at Apx, Cast Adds Olivier Martinez, Klaus Maria Brandauer (Exclusive)

Roland Joffe in Talks for World Wars Movie at Apx, Cast Adds Olivier Martinez, Klaus Maria Brandauer (Exclusive)
The Killing Fields” and “The Mission” director Roland Joffé is in talks to helm an epic drama spanning the two World Wars in a project set up with international film and media fund Apx Capital Group.

L’Inverno” is the first pic to emerge from Apx’s new Music World Films & TV venture — a new division headed by Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé’s father), who sold his Music World Entertainment Group to Apx last month. As part of the deal, the film and TV division of Knowles’ company has been merged with the studio.

Apx will complete the financing on “L’Inverno,” with the 12-million budgeted movie starting principal photography in Rome, Italy, this fall. (Apx has a 10-year commitment to move productions to Italy.)

Spanning two World Wars, “L’Inverno” tells the story of former childhood friends SS Officer Nikolaus Führich and Jewish violinist Elisabeth Soloveichik, expressed through the eyes of Elizabeth’s brother,
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Paramount Pictures Acquires Rights To John Swab’s Action-Thriller ‘Little Dixie’ Starring Frank Grillo

Paramount Pictures Acquires Rights To John Swab’s Action-Thriller ‘Little Dixie’ Starring Frank Grillo
Paramount Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Little Dixie, an action thriller from writer-director John Swab, which stars Frank Grillo. Deadline hears that the studio will look to release the film in the second half of this year.

In the Roxwell Films title, Grillo portrays Doc, who facilitates a fragile truce between the Governor and a cartel, trading prosecutorial leniency for finance. When this truce dissolves, Doc is left to fend for himself and protect the one untainted thing in his life: his daughter, Little Dixie.

The actioner also stars Eric Dane, Beau Knapp and Annabeth Gish (Midnight Mass). Jeremy M. Rosen cast the project and produced with Swab and Robert Ogden Barnum for Roxwell Films, in association with Three Point Capital.
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Film Review: Mosquito State (2020): Impressive Imagery with a Cryptic Story

Film Review: Mosquito State (2020): Impressive Imagery with a Cryptic Story
Mosquito State Review — Mosquito State (2020) Film Review, a movie directed by Filip Jan Rymsza, and starring Beau Knapp, Charlotte Vega, Jack Kesy, Olivier Martinez, Audrey Wasilewski, Daisy Bishop, Dominika Kachlik, Krystin Goodwin, Kelly Dean Cooper, Carolina Espiro, Mark McKinnon, and Blaise Corrigan. In Mosquito State, director/writer Filip Jan Rymsza offers a gorgeous but [...]

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Review: Mosquito State is a Visually Beautiful Film that Frustratingly Comes Up Short

Review: Mosquito State is a Visually Beautiful Film that Frustratingly Comes Up Short
Now on Shudder, Filip Jan Rymsza’s Mosquito State is an interesting piece that uses body horror to tell a story of madness in the face of impending change. It’s a film as frustrating as it is fascinating, because for every solid moment, it has another that comes up a little short. But the moments that work, really work, and the feeling of doom that the story carries with it is undeniably effective.

The film opens as a lone mosquito finds its way into the posh party of a New York financial firm and lands on the neck of the office genius/weirdo, Richard Boca (Beau Knapp). Richard’s specialty is data trends and modeling. He has designed a program to help understand current market changes and predict how they will resolve. He’s the secret weapon that keeps the firm happy and making money. He is also very rigid,
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New to Streaming: Black Film Archive, No Man of God, Mosquito State & More

New to Streaming: Black Film Archive, No Man of God, Mosquito State & More
Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here.

Black Film Archive

Created by Maya Cade, the newly-launched Black Film Archive is an essential resource featuring every Black film made between 1915 and 1979 that is currently available stream. With over 200 films indexed, if you’re looking for a place to start, check out Cade’s curator picks, ranging from Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl to Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come to Madeline Anderson’s I Am Somebody. Also, if you’re able to help the evolving, self-funded project, consider supporting their PayPal, Cash App, or their monthly Substack here.

Where to Stream: Black Film Archive

The Courier (Dominic Cooke)

Early on in The Courier, directed by Dominic Cooke, British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) realizes he’s sitting at a
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‘Mosquito State’ Film Review: Wall Street Needs Some Insecticide in Creepy Drama

‘Mosquito State’ Film Review: Wall Street Needs Some Insecticide in Creepy Drama
This review of “Mosquito State” was first published in September 2020 after the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

On the film-festival circuit, Polish-American filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza is best known for shepherding the unfinished, long-neglected Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind” to completion in 2018, and for producing two accompanying documentaries, Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and Ryan Suffern’s short “A Final Cut for Orson.”

The Other Side of the Wind” and “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” both premiered two years ago at the Venice International Film Festival, so it makes sense that Rymsza’s debut as a feature director, “Mosquito State,” debuted at that same festival in 2020, alongside another Rymsza-produced Welles project, the documentary “Hopper/Welles.” The creepy, cerebral thriller is bold and weird and wildly unlike anything Welles might have done, though you could probably call it the “Citizen
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Mosquito State Review: A Thematically Muddled But Visually Stunning Freak-Out About the 2008 Financial Crisis

Mosquito State Review: A Thematically Muddled But Visually Stunning Freak-Out About the 2008 Financial Crisis
Grafting Cronenbergian body horror onto the 2008 financial crisis, Filip Jan Rymsza’s horror-tinged Mosquito State takes its title very literally, beginning with the up-close birth of a mosquito and ends, quite appropriately, with an insect apocalypse as the stock market collapses. In-between those potent images, however, is a work with plenty of grandiose ideas and little sense of how to communicate them. Thematically muddled but visually stunning, Rymsza’s film serves as a warning call for those who prioritize form over all else, elaborately staged shots doing little to hide the ever-growing narrative inconsistencies.

Its ostensible protagonist is Richard Boca (Beau Knapp), an investment-firm “golden goose” whose finance-bro colleagues openly disdain him. He’s awkward, introverted, and something of a wunderkind: his algorithm “Honeybee” is both incredibly lucrative for the firm and modeled on colony-collapse disorder, a phenomenon wherein the worker bees disappear, leaving the queen bee with outsize resources
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Body Horror Shocker Mosquito State – Available On Shudder Today! Check Out This Trailer and New Clip

Body Horror Shocker Mosquito State – Available On Shudder Today! Check Out This Trailer and New Clip
Mosquito State Is Now Streamingexclusively On Shudder! Check out the trailer:

Mosquito State was the 2020 Venice Film Festival Winner: Bisato d’Oro for Best Cinematography and the 2020 Sitges Film Festival Winner: Best Visual Effects**

The critics love Mosquito State:

“Knapp gives a terrific performance… This highly original, visually torrid take onWall Street and last decade’s global financial crisis celebrates the truemasters of the universe: mosquitoes.”– Phil Hoad, The Guardian

“A haunting show of financial-crisis body horror… Knapp gives a stylizedperformance that recalls Nicolas Cage.”– Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

“Cronenberg meets Kafka… Knapp commits fully to the hideous spectacle of a man steadily beaten by merciless nature.”– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“You could probably call it the Citizen Kane of Wall Street insect movies. Then again, it’s the only Wall Street insect movie. Knapp, in a performance of unnerving calmand unblinkered insanity… manages to get under your skin.
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Mosquito State

Watch an Exclusive Clip from Mosquito State
"Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitoes breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown." After its award-winning festival run last year, Mosquito State is heading to Shudder on August 26th and we have an exclusive clip just for Daily Dead viewers!

Mosquito State was directed by Filip Jan Rymsza, written by Filip Jan Rymsza and Mario Zermeno, and produced by Filip Jan Rymsza, Włodzimierz Niderhaus, and Alyssa Swanzey. The film stars Beau Knapp, Charlotte Vega, Jack Kesy, and Olivier Martinez.

August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown.
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Body horror Mosquito State gets a poster, trailer and images

Body horror Mosquito State gets a poster, trailer and images
Shudder has released a trailer, poster and images for the festival hit Mosquito State. Directed by Filip Jan Rymsza, the horror-thriller follows Richard Boca (Beau Knapp), an obsessive Wall Street date analyst as he suffers from a psychological meltdown; take a look here… August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall […]

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Strange Mosquitos in Official Trailer for 'Mosquito State' Horror Film

Strange Mosquitos in Official Trailer for 'Mosquito State' Horror Film
"Welcome to the world, little guy." Shudder has unveiled an official US trailer for an indie horror thriller called Mosquito State, which originally premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival. It also played at the Sitges Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and will debut streaming on Shudder starting this month. Set in 2007, the film is about a Wall Street analyst living in his apartment overlooking Central Park who brings back some strange mosquitos which begin to swarm inside of his apartment. It's a "weird" psychological thriller about a Wall Street worker slowly breaking down. "Finding common ground between Franz Kafka, David Cronenberg & Mary Harron’s American Psycho, director-screenwriter Filip Jan Rymsza emerges with a new kind of body horror, set during a single week of an exquisitely rendered pre-crash 2007 replete with signs of sociopolitical and economic rot." Starring Beau Knapp, with Charlotte Vega, Jack Kesy, and Olivier Martinez.
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Shudder in August: Teddy, Jakob's Wife and Mosquito State Close Out Summer

Shudder in August: Teddy, Jakob's Wife and Mosquito State Close Out Summer
We know, we know. August hearkens the mid point of Summer and though there may still be an air of uncertainty around the end of Summer holidays one thing is for sure, Shudder will be there to help you get through it all.    Though the programming seems a little lighter than previous months there are still some very good titles coming to the AMC Network streaming service. The three main additions next month is the French werewolf horror flick, Teddy, Travis Stevens' SXSW midnighter, Jakob's Wife, starring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden, and body horror flick Mosquito State.    Throughout the month look forward to additions of classic Vincent Price flick, Witchfinder General, Gareth Edwards' Monsters, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England, Borgman, cult fave...

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‘Deadpool 2’ Actor Jack Kesy To Star In Indie ‘Way Of The Warriors’

‘Deadpool 2’ Actor Jack Kesy To Star In Indie ‘Way Of The Warriors’
Exclusive: Jack Kesy, who had breakout roles in The Strain and Deadpool 2 will lead the cast of indie drama Way Of The Warriors. John Montague will write and direct. Michael Tadross Jr, Jasmine Reid, and Arnold Rifkin will produce.

The story follows an authentic inspirational story about a hockey coach that unites his family, team and town to overcome adversity and achieve the impossible. Film is scheduled for a November start in Minnesota.

“It’s a message I think is important in these divided times. It’s about coming together through hardship and finding a way past our differences. I’m excited to bring it to the screen,” Reid said.

Kesy can currently be seen in The Outpost opposite Orlando Bloom. His film Mosquito State recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Kesy will soon be seen in Lionsgate’s comedy-thriller Cicada 3301 and the highly anticipated Amazon feature Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse,
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‘Hopper/Welles’ Producer Filip Jan Rymsza on Next Film ‘Object Permanence’ (Exclusive)

‘Hopper/Welles’ Producer Filip Jan Rymsza on Next Film ‘Object Permanence’ (Exclusive)
Polish-born filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza, the producer of Venice Film Festival entry “Hopper/Welles,” which he is presenting this week at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, will follow his latest directorial outing “Mosquito State” – also a Venice premiere this year – with “Object Permanence,” Rymsza tells Variety. Partially set in Berlin and shot in English, it will be another Polish co-production, most likely with Germany.

“’Object permanence’ is something that people were aware of already, they just didn’t know how to define it: It’s the understanding that objects continue to exist even if you can’t see them or hear them, or otherwise sense them,” he says, adding that while “Mosquito State” looked at the recent past, this will look into the near future.

With another project, set in Japan, currently put on hold due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Rymsza will once again try to focus on one protagonist.
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Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor Uncut’ Wins the Sitges Festival’s Best Film, Director Awards

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Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor Uncut’ Wins the Sitges Festival’s Best Film, Director Awards
Brandon Cronenberg has proven to be an heir to his father, David, with his grisly sophomore feature, “Possessor Uncut,” which took home best film and director at Spain’s 53rd Sitges Film Festival on Saturday.

Running Oct.8-18, the fantastic film fest, Europe’s biggest, wrapped yesterday in Sitges, a picturesque seaside resort just south of Barcelona.

With these new honors, Brandon Cronenberg also suggests that his best new director award at 2012’s Sitges for debut feature, “Antiviral,” was no fluke.

A sci fi-horror hybrid, “Possessor Uncut” tracks an elite corporate assassin who uses brain-implant technology to take possession of other people’s bodies and slay prominent targets. The film first premiered at Sundance where Variety’s Peter Debruge described it as a “brilliant sci-fi puzzle” that was “more than just another bracingly extreme psychological thriller.”

Just Philippot’s “The Swarm” also snagged two awards: the Special Jury Prize and
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‘Hopper/Welles’ Film Review: Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles Put on Quite a Talk Show

‘Hopper/Welles’ Film Review: Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles Put on Quite a Talk Show
For almost 40 years, the 100 hours of surviving footage that Orson Welles shot in the early 1970s for the movie “The Other Side of the Wind” remained largely unseen. First the director struggled in vain to finish the film, then its rights were tied up after his death. But that four decades of frustration has turned into a flurry of activity: In the last two years, that footage has been used not only in the completed version of “The Other Side of the Wind” that finally premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, but in two different documentaries about the film, Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and Ryan Suffern’s short doc “A Final Cut for Orson.”

And now it’s serving as the basis for yet another side of “The Other Side of the Wind,” and another posthumous film on which Welles is credited as director.
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‘Mosquito State’ Review: Tedious Allegory for the Financial Crisis Has Grisly Imagery, But Draws No Blood

‘Mosquito State’ Review: Tedious Allegory for the Financial Crisis Has Grisly Imagery, But Draws No Blood
The sound design of “Mosquito State” takes the title as a mission statement. Across much of its running time, the sonic backdrop is a veritable chorus of mosquitoes whining in high, overbearing harmony, providing their own sinister vocal track to a more conventionally orchestrated score. You have to be confident in your film’s power to transfix its audience even as it’s liable to drive any anopheliphobics in the room to delirium, and Polish-American director Filip Jan Rymsza seems to be: His body horror-tinged allegory for the global financial crisis of 2007 swaggers with slick, nasty formal showmanship designed to get under the viewer’s skin. But it’s all in service of pretty thin ideas about capitalist decline and masculinity in crisis, played out by thinner characters still: The longer it needles, the more one is inclined to swat it away.

As it happens, “Mosquito State” is the first
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‘Mosquito State’ Review: A Finance Bro Lets Bugs Eat Him Alive in a Wall Street Horror Story

‘Mosquito State’ Review: A Finance Bro Lets Bugs Eat Him Alive in a Wall Street Horror Story
, Filip Jan Rymsza’s scary-silly “Mosquito State” begs for some context before we can dive into its crepuscular plot.

It’s August 3, 2007. We’re standing on the precipice of the most dire financial crisis since the Great Depression, but no one seems to know it yet. Good things are happening. A young senator named Barack Obama is sparking a new breed of American hope. “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” are about to open within a few weeks of each other. The iPhone has just been invented. People feel immortal. Rich people, most of all.

Wall Street is convinced that it can predict the future, data is the most valuable currency on Earth, and quantitative analysts are valued as modern seers. Quants like Richard Boca (Beau Knapp), whose homemade algorithm has allowed his firm to amass a profane amount of money without any regard to where it came from,
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‘Mosquito State’: Film Review | Venice 2020

‘Mosquito State’: Film Review | Venice 2020
Atonement stings in Filip Jan Rymsza’s chilly Mosquito State, an elegant but increasingly tortured allegory for the unraveling of one unwitting architect of the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. This obsessive fever dream opens with a predatory insect’s eye view of high-roller privilege then multiplies into a nightmarish infestation before vengefully claiming its sacrifice, in a poetic surrender that evokes Virginia Woolf. Juiced up with nods to Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and to classic David Cronenberg bug-outs, much of it set to insidious techno beats, this is commandingly creepy psycho-horror, even if its forbidding narrative loses momentum.

The title sequence,...
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