The NIFFF launches a new section dedicated to Swiss film
by Giorgia Del Don
- Tobias Nölle’s Aloys is one of the six movies selected for the new Amazing Switzerland section of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Amazing Switzerland is a new promotional platform that has been founded for Swiss movies dedicated to so-called “genre film”. The goal of this new section of the NIFFF - Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (1-9 July) is to strengthen the crucial bonds between the different players in the Swiss and international film industries.
As demonstrated by the titles selected for the Amazing Switzerland section, today “fantastic” cinema has been spun off into countless different genres, ranging from the most popular productions to digital creations. But this democratisation does not take anything away from the subversive potential of the films being presented. Alongside Tobias Nölle’s Aloys [+see also:
interview: Tobias Nölle
film profile] (which won the international critics’ Fipresci Prize at the 2016 Berlinale), we find Late Shift [+see also:
interview: Tobias Weber
film profile] by Tobias Weber, the first interactive film in the world to have had a theatrical release, and which places the fate of its hero in the hands of the viewers, who can interact via a smartphone app. Nölle and Weber are joined by Michael Krummenacher, the director of the compelling, good-looking thriller Like a Cast Shadow [+see also:
film profile], and his two colleagues Lionel Rupp and Carmen Jaquier, two of the ten directors of the omnibus film Wonderland [+see also:
interview: Carmen Jaquier and Lionel R…
film profile], in addition to David Rühm, the man behind Therapy for a Vampire [+see also:
film profile]. The brand-new section will be opened by Das Kalte Herz,which was begun in 1933 by director-pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel and will be screened at the NIFFF in its finished version, which was accomplished this year by Bern-born Raff Fluri.
The NIFFF has also announced the titles of the films that will form part of its flagship programme: the SSA/SUISSIMAGE competition (for Swiss fantastic short films), which will include, among others, three shorts produced by SRG SSR and one film, Le Goût des choux de Bruxelles by Michaël Terraz, which stars legendary Swiss actor Jean-Luc Bideau.
(Translated from Italian)