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NIFFF 2019

The NIFFF unveils its line-up, a remarkable array bringing together the very best of genre cinema

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- Running 5 to 13 July, the Neuchâtel Festival will mark its 19th edition with a programme packed full of diversity and creativity

The NIFFF unveils its line-up, a remarkable array bringing together the very best of genre cinema
Jesus Shows You The Way to The Highway by Miguel Llansó

From 5 to 13 July, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) will celebrate the diversity and creative richness of genre cinema. And, thanks to a varied and decidedly non-consensual line-up, which will delight the most hardcore of fans as well as the more casual, thrill-seeking viewer, it promises to be a captivating 19th edition.

In this particularly ambitious year, the NIFFF wants to shine a light on the diversity of genre cinema. As explained by Festival director Anaïs Emery, “Our mission is to offer a programme that gives an overview of imaginary stories from around the globe. We aim for a celebration of alterity and as much variety as possible. Thanks to its prospective dimension, fantasy is the perfect narrative tool for exploring these questions”.

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The sixteen surprising films competing for the H.R. Giger Narcisse Award are perfect examples of the incredible vitality of modern-day fantasy cinema. Whether through works by confirmed filmmakers or those coming courtesy of new, emerging talents, fantasy cinema continues to intrigue audiences. In terms of auteur films emerging from Europe, the international competition includes The Lodge [+see also:
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by Veronika Franz and Severin Fala (UK/US), the Irish work The Hole In The Ground [+see also:
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by Lee Cronin, All About Yves [+see also:
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by France’s Benoît Forgeard, The Room, the French-Belgian-Luxembourg co-production by Christian Volckman, Danish film Sons Of Denmark [+see also:
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by Ulaa Salim, Jesus Shows You The Way to The Highway [+see also:
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by Miguel Llansó (Ethiopia, Spain and Estonia) and the Swiss-French co-production Particles [+see also:
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, a teen movie by the young prodigy Blaise Harrison. Other European productions and co-productions worth a mention include Swallow [+see also:
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(US/France) by America’s Carlo Mirabella-Davis, an intriguing film on patriarchy-related issues, His Master’s Voice [+see also:
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by György Pálfi (Hungary/Canada), the Irish-Belgian co-production Extra Ordinary [+see also:
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by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, Come To Daddy [+see also:
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by Ant Timpson (New Zealand /Canada/Ireland/US) and the social satire Bacurau [+see also:
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by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (Brazil/France).

As in previous years, the hotly anticipated Films Of The Third Kind programme will once again make its return, a veritable ode to the diversity of fantasy film. The most succulent European productions and co-production include Dogs Don’t Wear Pants [+see also:
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by Finland’s Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää (Finland/Latvia), a film with a definite BDSM feel, French work Savage [+see also:
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by Vincent Mariette, Swedish picture Swoon [+see also:
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interview: Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein
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by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, the Hungarian X - The eXploited [+see also:
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by Károly Ujj Mészáros, the Spanish-US co-production Feedback [+see also:
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by Pedro C. Alonso, Werewolf [+see also:
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by Adrian Panek (Poland/Germany/Netherlands), the British-French-US-Swiss co-production The Beach Bum [+see also:
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by the ever-surprising Harmony Korine, the Italian-Belgian title Romulus & Remus: The First King [+see also:
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by Matteo Rovere, Abou Leila [+see also:
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by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (Algeria/France/Qatar) and, last but not least, Achoura [+see also:
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by Talal Selhami (France/Morocco).

As usual, special emphasis will be placed on fantasy cinema of Asian provenance in the competition section New Cinema From Asia, while African productions will also find themselves under the spotlight in a retrospective intitled Reflections Of Sub-Saharan Africa.

(Translated from Italian)

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