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The NIFFF 2016 celebrates international and Swiss genre film

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- This year’s Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (1-9 July) will welcome John Carpenter as guest of honour and will open itself up to a new international market: Latin America

The NIFFF 2016 celebrates international and Swiss genre film
Raw by Julia Ducournau

Once again this year, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival will shine a spotlight on the best that international – and, for the first time, Swiss – genre film has to offer. A suggestive new section entitled Amazing Switzerland will invite Neuchâtel audiences to watch Swiss genre films from a fresh, new point of view (read the news). 

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A rich programme lies in store for audiences at the 16th edition of the gathering, which offers both old and new sections, such as the international competition; New Cinema from Asia; Films of the Third Kind; Ultra Movies, dedicated to the year’s most astonishing thrillers; Histoire de genre, an eye-opening journey through genre film via previously unseen documentaries, including three by legendary French director and film critic Yves Montmayeur (Dragon Girls!, his latest effort, will be presented as a world premiere); and the new El Dorado section, which is devoted to Latin American genre film.

Many of the European movies have been selected for the international competition: They Call Me Jeeg [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Gabriele Mainetti
film profile
]
by Italy’s Gabriele Mainetti, Detour (UK/South Africa) by British director Christopher Smith, Raw [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile
]
, a Franco-Belgian production by Julia Ducournau (which was presented as a world premiere in the Cannes Critics’ Week), The Lure [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
film profile
]
by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska and Parents [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Denmark’s Christian Tafdrup (an actor who starred in the series Borgen).

This year, the Films of the Third Kind section will also play host to a number of European cinematic gems, such as My Big Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Spain) by Alex de la Iglesia, Zeta [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Italy’s Cosimo Alemà (screened as an international premiere) and The Ardennes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robin Pront
film profile
]
(Belgium) by Robin Pront.

(Translated from Italian)

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