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Amazing Switzerland 2019

SWISS CREATION AT THE HEART OF THE NIFFF

 

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) acts as a springboard for new Swiss artists through film screenings, obviously, but also through programmes for encouraging innovation in storytelling. Working as testaments to the popularity of fantasy cinema in Switzerland, short films will take the spotlight with a selection of prestigious works that will compete for the SSA/SUISSIMAGE award (CHF 10,000). Students from the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) will also fuel your sense of wonder by showing, for the first time, their visions of the fantasy genre supervised by French director Yann Gonzalez (YOU AND THE NIGHT, KNIFE + HEART).

Already working as a platform for promotion and streaming, the NIFFF is branching out in order to stimulate a culture of experimentation. That is why the best concepts for Swiss web series will compete during the FANTASTIC WEB CONTEST III pitching session, in collaboration with the RTS. One of the 8 selected projects will go into production and will be shown at the NIFFF’s 20th edition. Swiss researchers will also be part of the festivities with the never-seen-before IMMERSIVE LAB, an interactive project developed by The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (Zurich University of the Arts) and the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva). In addition, presentations from the 2 winners of the FUTURE STORYWORLDS @CERN workshop will open up new horizons.

Finally, the CARTE BLANCHE TO A SWISS CELEBRITY will be an opportunity for audiences to come closer to the cosmic stories of sci-fi writer Laurence Suhner, thanks to a selection of films that explore the various dimensions of first contact.

SWISS SHORTS – Swiss short films competition

A key part of the programme since the festival’s creation in 2000, the SSA/SUISSIMAGE award is a great way of evaluating the ability of Swiss cinema to reinvent itself. Each of the 8 selected films (which include 5 world premieres) has a powerful, unique identity that reflects the expressive qualities of the genre, especially as perceived by film schools (which make up a big part of the selection).

Nora Longatti, 2019, 11’
World premiere

Pirmin Bieri, Luca Struchen, Aira Joana & Nicolas Roth, 2018, 7’
Regional premiere
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Basile Vuillemin, 2018, 8’
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Léon Yersin, 2018, 18’
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Daniel Grabherr, 2019, 18’
World premiere

Ennio Ruschetti, 2019, 4’
World premiere

Luca Zuberbühler, 2019, 9’
World premiere

Frederic Siegel & Benjamin Morard, 2019, 10’
World premiere

AMAZING SWITZERLAND

 

As an overview of the best fantasy or related genre films that aims at promoting Swiss cinema, AMAZING SWITZERLAND will screen two innovative gems.

Cyrill Oberholzer, 2018, 93’
Furious Swissploitation
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Simon Jaquemet, 2018, 114’
Spiritual Thriller
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This year, a special project will also be part of this section. Piloted by Yann Gonzalez, the CONTES MIROIRS DE LA JEUNESSE workshop allowed eight ECAL students to dive in the depths of fantasy. A very stimulating exercise, as described by the French filmmaker himself: “These students completely embraced the fantasy genre and explored its possibilities, from dreamy romance to hallucinogenic experimental cinema, from zombie flicks to absurdist drama. These eight shorts filmed DIY-style with a fistful of Swiss francs pull out all the stops (HD, Super8, Super16, DV…) and coalesce into a surprising collection of imaginary self-portraits, with fantasy becoming a strange mirror for the poetic, abrasive sensibilities of these young filmmakers.”

Rodrigo Muñoz, 2019, 10’
World premiere

Nora Longatti, 2019, 11’
World premiere

Lucas Giordano, 2019, 8’
World premiere

Keerthigan Sivakumar, 2019, 16’
World premiere

Coline Confort, 2019, 8’
World premiere

Lou-Théa Papaloïzos, 2019, 7’
World premiere

Nikita Merlini, 2019, 8’
World premiere

Kimyan Flückiger, 2019, 11’
World premiere

CARTE BLANCHE TO A SWISS CELEBRITY: LAURENCE SUHNER

 

Among the rare female authors of Planet Operas and influential figures of the Swiss comic book industry, Laurence Suhner made a name for herself with her series QUAN TIKA. The NIFFF gives carte blanche to the Valais-based artist, who invites you to discover the cosmic worlds that influenced her.

Denis Villeneuve, US/CA, 2016, 116’
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Robert Zemeckis, US, 1997, 150’
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Neill Blomkamp, ZA/US/NZ/CA, 2009, 112’
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