Minimalist production design and deliberately ambiguous characters leave no room for emotion in tyro Romanian helmer Gheorghe Preda's aseptic, awkwardly titled "An Angel Hooked on Me."
Cartoonish violence and lack of modulation destroy "Demons of Cairo," Ahmed Atef's feature film work-up of his short docu on Egyptian street kids.
With plot holes large enough to swallow up several haunted houses, "The Hideout" marks over-prolific helmer Pupi Avati's return to the fright genre, minus sustainable build-up or chills.
A heavy-metal band is arrested for "shaking the foundations of Islam" in "The Satanic Angels."
The small, quotidian realities of living in a foreign-occupied, divided city are brought coolly but poignantly to life in "The Boys From Baghdad High."