Marebito and Let the Right One In

The Stranger From Afar (Marebito), 2004
directed by Takashi Shimizu
Japanese with English subtitles, 92 minutes

Friday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.
Zrinyi 14 / Room 412

A cameraman who is obsessed with fear captures the footage of a man stabbing himself, apparently due to seeing something really terrifying. Intrigued by the recorded horror in the suicide’s eyes, the cameraman descends to the hidden passageways beneath Tokyo, in order to find out and record the ultimate terror he is striving for. What he finds there is a savage creature, and by bringing it to his own world, the cameraman himself enters into a new reality.

A barely-known film by the director of the Japanese horror series Ju-On (Grudge), Marebito is -not a horror but a- disquieting downtempo phantasmagoria, stretching across genres and various themes.

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), 2008

directed by Tomas Alfredson
Swedish with English subtitles, 115 minutes

Friday, December 10, 6:00 p.m.
Zrinyi 14 / Room 412

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.

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