Welcome to our 2015 Festival Staff Picks column! We’ll be posting some first looks at Festival Films to look out for on the 2015 Film Schedule. Check back to the AFF blog for new Staff Picks each week!
Brace yourself for the opening scene! In this post-apocalyptic England, humans resort to eating human flesh to either stay alive or satisfy carnal urges. It’s pretty clear what’s on the menu and it’s not a vegan dish. What first appears to be just another post-apocalyptic scenario develops into a deeper conflict of what it truly means to be human. While the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road explored similar themes, Tear Me Apart delves into a different perspective involving two brothers conflicted by their hunger and desire when they encounter possibly the last living girl. This teenage wasteland is vividly brought to life through gorgeous, sweeping shots of the English coast and a surprisingly effective song that plays frequently throughout the film. Tear Me Apart is a refreshing take on the genre and will satisfy your festival-viewing experience (especially on Halloween) but maybe not your appetite.
-Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director
Want to add Tear Me Apart to your schedule? Click here to add it on Sched.