The Expressionistic German drama Hinterland will be released on VOD and for digital sellthrough Oct. 7 from Film Movement.
The film brings the visual style of post-World War I classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the 21st-century through almost exclusive use of blue screen technology. Winner of the Audience Award at the Locarno International Film Festival and from the director of the Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters comes this visually audacious work of Expressionistic cinema.
In the film, the year is 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has fallen and what remains has devolved into social unrest and political turmoil. Peter Perg, a soldier of the Great War, returns to Vienna only to realize the place he once called home is now unfamiliar to him. Having spent years as a prisoner of war, Perg is disillusioned by this strange new city distorted by the nightmares of war. His world is further upended when a gruesome series of murders targeting veterans begins to unfold. Feeling connected to the victims, Perg decides to investigate the mysterious crimes. A stranger in his own city, the looming threat of a serial killer begins to take its toll on him.