August features a trio of nifty films from IFC Films, and we now share some info with you. A promise all three are worth your time,
Germany, 1912. Friedrich (portrayed by Richard Madden), a graduate of humble origins, takes up a clerical post in a steel factory, soon becoming the elderly owner Karl's (Alan Rickman) private secretary and boarder. There he meets Lotte (Rebecca Hall), Karl's reserved and beautiful young wife. Starting an illicit romance, the two young lovers' dreams are dashed when Karl announces he's sending his secretary to oversee his mines in Mexico. But Lotte makes a promise to Friedrich: when he returns in two years, she will be his no matter what. With the later outbreak of World War I prohibiting his return to Germany, Friedrich must wait eight long years before returning to Europe and finding out if the woman he pines for has kept her promise during that brutal passage of time.
With lush period detail, director Patrice Leconte's A Promise is a sumptuous testament to the enduring power of love.
At a climate observation station high in the German Alps, a group of technicians preparing for a visit from the Environment Minister discover a mysterious red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier. A result of the ice's melting due to climate change, the now-spreading 'glacier blood' soon comes into contact with local wildlife, causing changes in the fauna that are at first curious but soon become deathly horrifying.
Now the isolated team must use every tool at their disposal to defend themselves from the ever-growing horde of biological monstrosities attacking them in this most desolate of environments.
Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren's Blood Glacier combines stylish film making with imaginative practical effects to produce a true roller coaster ride of terror.
Young and Beautiful
Acclaimed director Francois Ozon helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening, featuring a "luminous, star-making performance" (The Hollywood Reporter) from its young lead actress, Marine Vacth.
After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapades Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes from them. What then does Isabelle hope to gain by offering her body up to the whims of strangers?
A sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama, Young and Beautiful heralds the coming of a new talent as guided by the masterful hand of one of cinema's most assured artists.