The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) unveils its touring event Fantastique 20 20 20, starting tomorrow with the legendary Midnight Movie (Film de Minuit) slot on national TV (RTS). It will continue this fall throughout Switzerland. Working as a true celebration of the evolution of fantastic films, this retrospective is an opportunity to (re)discover films that have played an important part in making it the biggest genre today. FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 includes gems that have marked the history of the NIFFF as well as the genre itself, and embodied the festival’s mission for two decades.
Available first on the RTS channel and on the Spamflix streaming platform, the programme will continue in the fall throughout Swiss cinemas: the Swiss Film Archive (Lausanne), Cinepel (Neuchâtel), ZHDK’s Klub Kuleshov (Zürich), Cinéma CityClub (Pully), Altroquando Festival (Lugano), Cinérama Empire (Geneva) and the ABC (Chaux-de-Fonds) among others.
FIRST STOP: THE MIDNIGHT MOVIE (RTS)
FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 will take up residence on RTS 1 every week from May 15th to June 26th. Every Friday, the Midnight Movie (at 12:35 a.m.) will welcome creatures and fantasies that have seared themselves into the memory of the festival’s audience. From zany vampire comedy WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, NZ, 2014) and the intense punk survival GREEN ROOM (Jeremy Saulnier, US, 2015), to the Japanese adaptation of legendary manga KASANE – BEAUTY AND FATE (Yûichi Satô, JP, 2018) and the story of the friendship between a human and a zombie played by Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano – SWISS ARMY MAN (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, US, 2016) –, you will be able to experience the NIFFF from your living room through a highly entertaining selection of films from all over the world, a testament of the genre’s diversity.
FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 IN THE GREATEST CINEMAS OF SWITZERLAND
This autumn and until next Spring, FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 will continue at cinemas across Switzerland: Swiss Film Archive (Lausanne), Cinepel (Neuchâtel), ZHDK’s Klub Kuleshov (Zürich), Cinéma CityClub (Pully), Altroquando Festival (Lugano), Cinérama Empire (Genève) and the ABC (Chaux-de-Fonds), among others. This exclusive programme will bring our audience to our next edition, set to take place from July 2nd to July 10th, 2021.
NIFFF 2020: Key moments
From May 15th, 2020: FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 is an invitation to immerse yourself in 20 years of fantastic films to ponder on the genre’s evolution through a selection of films that were previously screened at the festival. The programme will take place from May 15th on RTS and will continue this fall in partner cinemas and institutions across Switzerland.
3-11 July 2020: Online, interactive special event that will combine a streaming selection of never seen before films with the launch of NIFFF TV, a free daily show that will feature discussions and avenues of reflection related to the current state of fantastic films. This unique project will be fully unveiled on June 18th.