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Spanish fantasy films in the spotlight at Neuchâtel

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Spanish fantasy films in the spotlight at Neuchâtel

Founded eight years ago, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) – which has already established itself as an unmissable event – is taking place this year from July 1-6.

The festival’s artistic director Anaïs Emery has unveiled a line-up dominated by Spanish titles. Several features – released in theatres or selected at major festivals – testify to the continuing tradition of the genre in Spain.

Audiences at the NIFFF will have the chance to discover Rec [+see also:
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interview: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
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by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, and the animated film Nocturna [+see also:
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by Victor Maldonado and Adrian Garcia.

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A delegation from the Sitges International Film Festival will highlight its valuable links with domestic production and veteran director Jess Franco has been invited to present three of his films backed by Swiss producer Erwin C. Dietrich.

Focusing on Swiss film production, the NIFFF is also hosting two events entitled Swiss Dimensions: an analysis of ongoing projects and a round table on co-production. The first images from Ivan Engler’s science-fiction film Cargo will also be shown as part of the symposium Imaging the Future.

The festival’s retrospectives – for which the young event is renowned – are this year dedicated to Italian films from the years 1960-1970 (Profondo giallo: l’âge d’or du thriller italien, “The heart of the detective film: the golden age of the Italian thriller”) and the founding father of Japanese horror films - Nakagawa Nobuo.

(Translated from French)

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