The cast of Tommy Guns (Photo credit: Kino Lorber)

Carlo Conceição’s anti-colonial thriller Tommy Guns is now available for rent and buy on all streaming platforms via Kino Lorber.

This film claimed the winner of Best European Film and the Youth Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival. It has gained comparisons to the work of Claire Denis, Miguel Gomes, and M. Night Shyamalan, and announces a bold and exciting new voice in Portuguese and Angolan filmmaking.

The film is set in Angola in 1974, a year before the country’s independence from Portuguese rule. Angolan revolutionaries reclaiming their land and wealthy colonists are fleeing the country. Two separate and connecting storylines follow a tribal girl finding love in a Portuguese soldier while another group of soldiers cut off from the outside world blindly following orders in serving their country. The film contains many tones from art house drama to war film to zombie flick to escape thriller with masterful control behind the camera.

According to the official description:

The story begins in 1974, just one year before the country’s independence from decades of Portuguese rule. Wealthy colonists are fleeing the country as Angolan revolutionaries gradually claim their land back. A tribal girl discovers love and danger when her path crosses that of a Portuguese soldier. Another group of soldiers, completely cut off from the outside world, blindly follow the brutal orders of their commander in the name of serving their country. But nothing stays fixed in this genre-shifting cinematic puzzle, which playfully swerves from art house drama to war film to zombie flick to escape thriller with exhilarating control. Winner of Best European Film and the Youth Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival, TOMMY GUNS has elicited comparisons to the work of Claire Denis, Miguel Gomes, and even M. Night Shyamalan, and announces a bold and exciting new voice in Portuguese and Angolan filmmaking.

Watch the trailer below:

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