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The 19th edition of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) will start tomorrow for a liminal weekend that’ll set the tone! It will include the first guests, the opening of immersive installations in the Temple du Bas, as well as the start of the International Competition.

Jean Dujardin and his suede jacket will grace the public with their presence for the opening ceremony, while others will have their spotlight throughout the weekend: Quebec director Denis Côté (GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY, 07.07, 17:15), Mike Ahern, one of the co-directors of bonkers comedy EXTRA ORDINARY (06.07, 17:00), Miguel Llansó for the world premiere of his creative tour de force JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY (07.07, 20:00), as well as Lee Cronin, the new emerging figure of European horror cinema (THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, 07.07, 22:15). All of them will compete for the prestigious H.R. Giger Narcisse award. Teams behind the selected Swiss shorts will also be in attendance, as the national competition counts no less than 5 world premieres.

Denis Côté
Canada, 2019, 97’
Swiss Premiere – 07.07, 17:15

Mike Ahern & Enda Lougham
Ireland/Belgium, 2019, 94’
Swiss Premiere – 06.07, 17:00

Miguel Llansó
Ethiopia/Spain/Estonia, 2019, 85’
World Premiere – 07.07, 20:00

Lee Cronin
Ireland, 2019, 90’
Swiss Premiere – 07.07, 22:15


Out of competition selections are not forgotten. The REFLECTIONS ON SUB-SAHARAN CINEMA focus will offer a fragmented overview of the African imagination in the presence of producer Pierre-Alain Meier (HYENES, 07.07, 19:45). The midnight screening of the first ever Ugandan action film, WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX ? (07.07, 01:00), will take place at the Open Air on Place des Halles, in the heart of the ancient city. For EL DORADO, the section dedicated to Latin American cinema, Swiss producer Dan Wechsler will be presenting MONOS (06.07, 22:15), a masterpiece that has won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance independent film festival. Brazilian horror gem MORTO NÃO FALA (07.07, 17:15) will also finally be screening here in Neuchâtel, after creating a steady buzz in festivals around the world.

Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal, Switzerland, France, 1992, 110′
07.07, 19:45

Nabwana I.G.G.
Uganda, 2010, 67′
07.07, 01:00

Alejandro Landes
Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, 2019, 102’
Regional Premiere
06.07, 22:15

Dennison Ramalho
Brazil, 2018, 110’
Swiss Premiere
07.07, 17:15


This first weekend will focus on the ever-increasing proximity between the NIFFF Extended programme and the multidisciplinary NIFFF Invasion label, both entirely free of charge. Organic, concrete links bind these events together, which offer to think in a playful manner thanks to innovative installations. The label invites you to travel through time with DIABLERIES (5-13.07, 09:00-20:00), an exhibition of stereoscopic photographs from the private collection of Brian May, which explores proto-cinema. The future is another destination, thanks to the IMMERSIVE LAB, developed by The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (Zürich University of the Arts) and the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva), the mixed reality game DR. GRORDBORT’S INVADERS designed by Weta Workshop, FIGURA by HE-ARC, and VR CEMETERY, created in collaboration with the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF). An exciting warm-up for the coming NIFFF Extended conferences that will ponder on those sensory experiences from Monday, July 8th.

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