NIFFF 2014: Perfectly balanced between tradition and innovation
by Muriel Del Don
- The masters of fantastic cinema join the genre’s freshest talents in an exciting atmosphere that places the emphasis on tradition and avant-garde
The 14th edition of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) boasts a top-notch Official Selection of 15 or so feature films that showcase the best of the current genre-film landscape. This Selection brings together films by highly respected masters and rising stars in a perfect exchange of tradition and innovation. Blind [+see also:
interview: Eskil Vogt
interview: Eskil Vogt
film profile] by Norwegian director Eskil Vogt, the amazing House of Shadows [+see also:
film profile] by Italian filmmaker Rossella De Venuto – which evokes the same atmosphere as the Italian thrillers – and Der Samurai [+see also:
film profile] by the young German phenomenon Till Kleinert are just a few examples of what awaits audiences in Neuchâtel.
The NIFFF will place a heavy emphasis on diversity, offering within the Official Competition films that are “surprising”, both from a thematic and an aesthetic point of view. Indeed, the competition will present What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary by New Zealand directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and White God [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
film profile] by Kornél Mundruczó, the Un Certain Regard winner at the last Cannes Festival.
The NIFFF fosters a thorough consideration of fantastic films through its competitions and out-of-competition sections that include, among others, a programme entitled “Genre Stories” and the special programme “Imaginary Japan”. New Asian cinema will have pride of place thanks to the “New Cinema from Asia” section, a showcase of the best popular films from the region. In addition, the parallel programmes – “Symposium Imagining the Future”, a multidisciplinary event dedicated to the latest innovations in the domain of digital images; the “New Words of Fantasy” open literary forum; and “TV Series Storyworlds”, a new set of talks on TV series – are constantly gaining more and more momentum.
(Translated from Italian)