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The NIFFF announces another rich programme

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- For its 17th edition, the Neuchâtel Film Festival does not fall short of expectations, offering a daring programme that shines a spotlight on the best of today’s fantastic film

The NIFFF announces another rich programme
Hostile by Mathieu Turi

The NIFFF (Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival) (set to unspool from 30 June-8 July) will open its 17th edition with the “galactic pop opera” Interstellar Riot by Robert Sandoz, a rock ‘n’ roll space cruise with cosmic undertones. That just gives you a hint of what to expect!

Japan will be honoured this year thanks to the presence of legendary director Takashi Miike, who will present the world premiere of his eagerly awaited film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, not to mention the retrospective dedicated to the sublime Suzuki Seijun. The next generation of Swiss genre-film directors will also be in the limelight thanks to the non-competitive Amazing Switzerland section and the SSA/Suissimage competition for Swiss short films (see the news). Another important element of this new edition is the continuation of the NIFF Extended label (an umbrella grouping together the professional and multidisciplinary events produced by the festival), which positions fantastic film as a real breeding ground for reflection and cross-cutting innovation (see the news).

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As artistic director Anaïs Emery states, other major additions for the 17th edition are the Imagine the Future and GSGS’17 symposia, plus the Epic Game Jam, dedicated to computer games. Meanwhile, Storyworlds and New Worlds of Fantasy will tackle the relationships between cinema, literature and screenwriting. One of the key rendezvous at this year’s edition is the Ghost House VD, which offers a virtual-reality experience in conjunction with the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans.

There is a strong European presence across the various sections of the gathering. In the international competition we find A Dark Song [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Irish director Liam Gavin, a former student of Central St Martins in London; The Bar [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alex de la Iglesia
film profile
]
, a claustrophobic thriller by the great Alex de la Iglesia; the French title Hostile, a fantastic chamber piece by Mathieu Turi; the terrifying comedy Le Manoir [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by French director Tony T Datis; and the poetic Angel [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Harry Cleven
film profile
]
 by Belgium’s Harry Cleven.

The Ultra Movies section includes European directors such as Sadrac González-Perellón with the film Black Hollow Cage; the French-Belgian production Raw [+see also:
film review
trailer
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interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile
]
 by Julia DucournauBodom [+see also:
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, a Finnish-Estonian production helmed by Taneli Mustonen; Prevenge [+see also:
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by British director Alice Lowe; and The Autopsy of Jane Doe [+see also:
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trailer
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 (UK/USA) by André Øvredal. And the Films of the Third Kind section is no exception, welcoming no fewer than nine European movies: Ava [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Léa Mysius
film profile
]
 by French director Léa MysiusColossal [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nacho Vigalondo
film profile
]
, a Canadian-Spanish production by Nacho VigalondoGoran [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nevio Marasović
film profile
]
, a Croatian film by Nevio MarasovicI Am Not a Witch [+see also:
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]
by Rungano Nyoni (UK/France/Germany); Thousand Cuts [+see also:
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, a French-Belgian production by Eric Valette; the Dutch film Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman by Steffen Haars and Flip Van der KuilSmall Town Killers [+see also:
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 by Denmark’s Ole BornedalSpoor [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Agnieszka Holland
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
film profile
]
by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland; and The Limehouse Golem [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, a British production directed by Juan Carlos Medina

The honour of bringing the festival to a close has been given to Baby Driver [+see also:
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 (UK/USA) by Edgar Wright, starring Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.

(Translated from Italian)

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