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NIFFF 2015: fantastic film reigns supreme at Neuchâtel

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- The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival celebrates its 15th birthday this year with a programme that is full of surprises, between the ultra-modern and the traditional

NIFFF 2015: fantastic film reigns supreme at Neuchâtel
Gaz de France by Benoît Forgeard

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) (3-11 July) comprises nine days of screenings celebrating the best of fantastic film. It is a festival of reference for all lovers of memorable experiences in search of high-quality contemporary pieces that are helping to revamp the genre with their innovative and polished cinematographic style. For the first time in the history of the festival the jury will be made up entirely of women who help to ensure a large amount of genre film in the world. They include Sabina Baracelli, the director of the Far East Film Festival of Udine, Axelle Carolyn, the Belgian director of The Halloween Kid, and Sylvie Fleury, a Swiss contemporary artist. 

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This year the greatly anticipated International Competition, featuring the crème de la crème of genre film, includes Crumbs [+see also:
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by Miguel Llansó, an Ethiopian, Spanish and Finnish co-production, Gaz de France [+see also:
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by French director Benoît Forgeard, and Polder [+see also:
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, a Swiss-German co-production by Julian M.Grünthal and Samuel Schwarz. The ‘Films of the Third Kind’ section, featuring the most memorable thrillers of the year, welcomes Spanish director Alberto Rodriguez with his film Marshland [+see also:
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interview: Alberto Rodríguez
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, and Love [+see also:
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, the latest endeavour of the ‘enfant terrible’ of French film Gaspar Noé (3D screening). The ‘Ultra Movie’ section will host midnight screenings of films representing the best of contemporary horror, featuring the black and white film True Love Ways [+see also:
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by Swiss director Mathieu Seiler.

The third edition of the ‘Stories of the genre’ section takes the audience on an emotional journey into genre film with unreleased documentaries. These include Istintobrass (2013) by Italian director Massimiliano Zanin, on the controversial director Tinto Brass, and the multi-award-winning Dark Star [+see also:
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interview: Belinda Sallin
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by Swiss director Belinda Sallin, a portrait of Swiss artist H.R.Giger. Opening the 15th edition of the NIFFF will be HELLvetia by directors Ramon & Pedro.

(Translated from Italian)

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