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FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 COMES TO THE ZHdK

Started during the preparations for the NIFFF ‘hors-série’ online edition, the Fantastique 20 20 20 travelling programme will continue touring Switzerland until the beginning of the 20th edition, and come to the Klub Kuleshov of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) from October 6th to show 5 explosive films. A virtual Q&A with director Fabrice Du Welz will take place on October 13th.

Although the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is still months away from its next edition (2-10 July 2021), preparations for its anniversary event are well underway with the Fantastique 20 20 20 retrospective programme. Started on the RTS in May 2020, this selection invites viewers to ponder on two decades of fantastic cinema and to think about the milestones, trends, and auteurs that have made the genre evolve drastically since the NIFFF’s inception in 2000.

From October 6th, and every Tuesday for the next 5 weeks, the show will be at the Klub Kuleshov of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, whom the NIFFF is proud to be continuing its collaboration with following the participation of Professors Christian Iseli and Michael Schaerer during the NIFFF hors-série 2020 and for NIFFF TV.

The university film club will screen 5 films through which you can (re)discover the works of important modern filmmakers in the fantasy genre (Neil Marshall, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) and explore its surprising possibilities (YOU, THE LIVING from Roy Andersson; THE INVITATION from Karyn Kusama).

On October 13th, you will also be able to interact with Fabrice Du Welz, who will take part in a virtual Q&A following the 35 mm screening of his film CALVAIRE. Admission is free for students and ZHdK employees, and 5 CHF for everyone else.

THE INVITATION

Karyn Kusama, US, 2015, 90′
Thriller / Surreal

Will goes to a dinner party at his ex’s place, who has remarried and is now a completely different person. The night is going to be full of surprises… This dizzyingly well-written claustrophobic thriller with hints of apocalyptic ramifications cemented Karyn Kusama as an important American genre filmmaker.

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🗓️ 10.6.2020 – 20:00

CALVAIRE

Fabrice Du Welz, BE, 2004, 90′, 35mm
Horror / Survival

When his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a travelling singer finds shelter at an inn. His journey soon turns into a nightmarish ordeal… Somewhere between DELIVERANCE and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Fabrice Du Welz first feature film explores human insanity; its representation of the deepest recesses of humanity will leave you scarred for life.

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🗓️ 10.13.2020 – 20:00

THE DESCENT

Neil Marshall, UK, 2005, 99′, 35 mm
Horror / Thriller

A group of friends go an expedition in a cave and end up getting trapped deep within in. Fear soon takes on… monstrous proportions. The fact that it so effectively tests the limits of our claustrophobia is a testament to THE DESCENT‘S ability to scare. One of the most terrifying films of the 2000s.

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🗓️ 10.20.2020 – 20:00

YOU, THE LIVING

Roy Andersson, SE/DK/FR, 2007, 94’, 35 mm
Arthouse / Fantastic

With YOU, THE LIVING, iconoclast filmmaker Roy Andersson ponders on the greatness of existence and takes us on a fascinating kaleidoscopic journey that explores the everyday life of a handful of characters in a tragicomic way. Meticulously put together, this gem of aestheticism mesmerizes through its rigorous form and surrealist dimension.

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🗓️ 10.27.2020 – 20:00

KAIRO

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, JP, 2001, 118′
Horror / Thriller

After their colleague commits suicide, some Tokyo residents discover a troubling message that supposedly leads to the kingdom of the dead… Made at the turn of the millennium, KAIRO is a horror film that’s equal parts surprising and spine-chilling. Its exploration of the impact of new technologies on society was way ahead of its time.

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🗓️ 11.03.2020 – 20:00

NEXT STOP: LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS

At the Centre de Culture ABC with 3 films that will take control of your night on Saturday, November 14th. More information coming soon, so stay tuned!

The programme will then continue in Neuchâtel, Geneva, Lugano, and Lausanne.