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Norway and Free the Nipple headline August for Accent


Accent Film Entertainment brings two titles to August essentially from opposite ends of the cinematic spectrum. Both, however, hitch wagons to emerging, if not, burgeoning trends. Norway, delves into the idea of vampires as ancient intellectuals, a type of beautiful loser associated with social fringes, wandering punk outcasts dedicated to hedonism. Free the Nipple dramatises the now contemporary online and social movement to protest archaic censorship laws in the United States.
Winner of Best Film at Fantasporto 2015, Norway, directed by Yannis Veslemes, concerns Zano (Daniel Bolda), a photophobic immigrant who arrives in Athens in 1984 not yet burdened by economic crisis although the bloodsuckers aren't politicians but an underground dance scene of vampires. Zano, who can cut up a rug with the best of them, takes to the trashy nightlife but the excessive partying takes a toll and he ends up at Zardoz, a disco where he meets Alice, a whore and Peter, a Norwegian drug dealer. Soon he is lured into their shady world and propelled on a journey bound for the Kingdom of Mathousalas. He won't bite, not unless he has to.

Directed by Nina Esco, who also stars alongside Lola Kirke, Monique Coleman, Free the Nipple, follows a group of young women who take to the streets of New York City topless, as activists aiming to change the system through publicity stunts and graffiti installations. Lawyers versed well in the First Amendment close by, these Naughties riot grrls draw attention to what they see as the ingrained contradictions of a media-dominated society, where acts of violence and killing are glorified while images of a woman's body are censored by the FCC and MPAA. What is more obscene: Violence or a Nipple?

"It's too rare for movies to depict women working together as friends to effect political change, " writes Diana Clarke in The Village Voice, "and this one makes it seem righteous, loud, and fun as a rock concert."

Both films will be out on DVD August 19.