Original title : Melanie : The girl with all the gifts
The gifted and very talented Melanie has an incredible thirst for learning. Every morning she counts the seconds before the beginning of classes and prepares well in advance in her padded cell. Every time, the ritual is the same. She takes place in a wheelchair where her arms, legs and head are immobilized. Then two heavily armed soldiers take her out of her cell to the classroom. There she joins the other pupils, who also look like little Hannibal Lecter’s. You might think that this is Donald Trump’s wet dream of a boot camp for illegals, but the situation is even more serious. A virus has reduced the majority of the world’s population into a bunch of ravenous cannibals that are as hungry as they are violent. Melanie and the other children are a hybrid species. They’re cannibals on a diet as long as the survivors apply a special gel to their skin. But these kids might hold the key to stop this global carnage, provided that everyone keeps their little tube of ointment at hand. Otherwise they’ll turn into a free for all buffet.
It’s not that often that the English make a post-apocalyptic zombie film. After all, it’s hard to surpass 28 Days Later. But with Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of Mike Carey’s bestseller, we finally have a worthy successor. The director of Outcast, Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who has gathered a top-notch cast, including Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, for a survival epic that brilliantly reinvents the cat and mouse game with fierce flesh eaters. No wonder we’re kicking off the BIFFF with The Girl With All The Gifts.
|Genre(s)||adventure, near future, zombie|
|Cast||Anamaria Marinca, Dominique Tipper, Gemma Aterton, Glenn Close, Lobna Futers, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua|
|Distributor||Park Circus Group|