Walk This Way to live dangerously with Men on the Edge
Walk This Way, the distribution program subsidized by the European Union will launch its first collection of 2016, a smart and gripping selection of recent thriller and noir films, on 4 April on Video-on-Demand.
After a successful first edition in 2015 – which saw some 280 multi-territorial releases involving the creation of 180 sets of subtitles – Walk This Way is back, bringing 50 European films to many of the continent’s Video-on-Demand platforms, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sony, XboX, and key local platforms like Filmin, Filmmit and Universciné. The initiative returns with a new instalment of the very first collection it released. The thriller and noir film selection Men on the Edge, which last year featured titles by Rachid Bouchareb (Two Men in Town) and Pierre Jolivet (Armed Hands), will unleash fury, rampage and suspense through eight of the most acclaimed genre films of recent years.
A tale of crime and corruption, Icelandic title Brave Men’s Blood (Borgríki 2) by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson puts the spotlight on the Reykjavik P.D., where the ambitious head of the internal affairs unit tries to get closer to taking down a major criminal organisation by investigating a corrupt police lieutenant. A box-office hit in Iceland, the film was screened at several festivals and will be available in Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
The selection will also feature women on the edge: Gold, by German director Thomas Arslan, follows a small group of Germans, led by Emily Meyer, as they head into the hostile northern territory of British Columbia in the summer of 1898, in search of gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Ravishing German actress Nina Hoss stars in the film, which competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and will be available in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
A personal crisis in a marginalised community is also the driving force behind Cracks in Concrete (Risse im Beton). The film, by Austrian filmmaker Umut Dag, follows a tough, aggressive young man who is sentenced to jail for second-degree murder and released a broken man, and his difficult relationship with his younger brother, who he has to look after without revealing his true identity. Audiences in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be able to see it.
Rat King, by Finnish filmmaker Petri Kotwica, follows two 18-year-old Internet gaming buddies who come across a game with real-life tasks and end up being led into serious trouble, going so far as to blur the line between the gaming world and reality. A radical story that will be shown in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Another story about a dark chase with a nightmarish atmosphere is Gone, by Swedish filmmaking duo Mattias Olsson and Henrik JP Åkesson. A SUV follows a middle-aged woman who, after a recent family tragedy, has started a new life in a new location – embarking on a paranoid voyage into the unknown. The thriller will be available in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.