Australia / Albania, 2017 (MIFF 2017, Night Shift)

Director: Steven Kastrissios


This bold, brutal mix of family blood feud and supernatural horror marks the first ever co-production between Australia and Albania.

Australian director Steven Kastrissios returns after his bloody and bruising The Horseman (MIFF 2008) with an evocative horror as unique as anything on the local filmmaking landscape.

Set in modern-day Albania, the story follows a struggling traditional family that falls prey to a mysterious clan, igniting a Balkan blood feud that ventures into the paranormal via archaic rituals and a local witch. Ambitious and genre-bending – Kastrissios' knack for dark drama mingles with arthouse surrealism – Bloodlands comprises a forceful next step for an emerging auteur.

'Exhibiting a grasp of nuanced character dynamics, rich atmosphere and technical skill that places him amongst the top tier of Australia's new directing talents, Kastrissios has delivered an ambitiously unique horror/drama hybrid.' – Screen Space

See also...


An act unforgiven. A father lost in grief - and driven to vengeance. ... "The Horseman is a balls to the wall, edgy thriller. Think Get Carter in 'Stubbies' crossed with Tarantino." - Greg McLean (dir... More »


A remote campsite. An abandoned tent. A romantic getaway to die for. ... When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent alrea... More »


How far would you go to get back what was taken from you? ... A slow-burning psychological thriller based on true events, The Clinic is the debut feature from Australian writer-director James Rabbitts... More »


The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported debut feature from Melbourne's Cairnes brothers was winning awards before it was even made. ... When three young suburbanites head off to a music festival in the count... More »


'Tragedy Girls plays like a sweet story of a believable high school friendship between two girls who just happen to be sociopaths.' – Variety ... Sadie and McKayla are the Tragedy Girls, two aspiring ... More »


Utterly bonkers cult film collective Astron-6 make the jump to the big leagues in this gore-laden, monster-filled paean to John Carpenter, Hellraiser and the many creative uses of big knives. ... It a... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director