Films in Thrill
Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenaline pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Dir Lee Chang-dong | South Korea
Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) wowed Cannes with this spellbinding, richly complex thriller about obsession, class conflict and suppressed male rage.
Read more about Burning
Dir Luis Ortega | Argentina-Spain
The controversial exploits of baby-faced Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch are exhilaratingly reinterpreted in this stylish biopic.
Read more about El Angel
Dir Lee Hae-young | South Korea
Oldboy meets The Usual Suspects in this hall-of-mirrors thriller, as a dogged South Korean narcotics officer tries to smoke out a shadowy drug baron.
Read more about Believer
Dir Dave Tynan | Ireland
Rave culture, lost love and brotherly bonds are seen through the prism of a narcotic haze in this adrenaline-rush of an Irish drama.
Read more about Dublin Oldschool
Dir Gustav Möller | Denmark
A flawed cop and a woman at the end of his phone line dominate this superb Sundance Audience Award-winning nerve-shredder that will leave you adrenalin-addled and thought-provoked.
Read more about The Guilty
Dir-Scr Kim Nguyen | Canada-Belgium
Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård are sensational as scheming cousins on a lucrative but ethically dubious mission, in this fast, funny and topical technological caper.
Read more about The Hummingbird Project
Dir Sara Blecher | South Africa
Sara Blecher (Ayanda, LFF 2015) returns with a markedly different film – a groundbreaking, multi-cultural African gangster thriller.
Read more about Mayfair
Dir Alonso Ruizpalacios | Mexico
Gael García Bernal stars in this dazzlingly enjoyable heist thriller about an ambitious plan to loot one of the World’s most famous museums.
Read more about Museum
Dir-Prod Jimmy Henderson | Cambodia
An innocent man sentenced to rot in a Cambodian jail is released for the sadistic pleasure of twisted trophy hunters and forced to fight – or die.
Read more about The Prey
Dir Timur Bekmambetov | USA-UK-Cyprus-Russia
An undercover journalist investigates ISIS recruitment in this wickedly effective suspense story that unfolds entirely on a computer screen.
Read more about Profile
Dir John Andreas Andersen | Norway
Could reports of subterranean tremors beneath the city of Oslo predict a catastrophic earthquake is imminent? This sequel to The Wave (LFF 2015) is another tension-filled, high-stakes geo-thriller.
Read more about The Quake
Dir Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Spain-France
Unravelling at a speed that rivals today’s news cycle, this Spanish neo-noir finds a local politician up to his neck in a party-wide corruption scandal.
Read more about The Realm
Dir-Scr Jahmil XT Qubeka | South Africa
Confirming the promise he showed with his powerful Of Good Report (LFF 2013), Jahmil XT Qubeka delivers a superb thriller based on a true story.
Read more about Sew the Winter to My Skin
Short films programme
Surreal landscapes, created by animators and filmmakers, can take the imagination to a thrilling place. Be prepared to be amazed by strange worlds and fantastical scenarios.
Read more about Amazing and Astounding