AUTUMN AT THE CINEMA AND AT THE FESTIVAL!
The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is happy to invite you to return to the cinema this autumn! With the NIFFF ON TOUR label, the NIFFF is setting up special screenings all around Switzerland as soon as late October. In collaboration with Swiss Films, those screenings will also cross the border, all the way to the Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (Italy), both of which have integrated the SWISS FANTASTIC FILMS ON TOUR programme to their offering.
KNOCKING IS TOURING SWITZERLAND…
Screened as part of the international competition of the NIFFF 2021, KNOCKING from Swedish director Frida Kempff will be shown all over Switzerland, in French, Italian and German-speaking regions. This claustrophobic thriller is Frida Kempff’s first feature. Before, she was mostly known for her short film BATHING MICKY, winner of the Cannes Jury Prize in 2010.
Frida Kempff (SE, 2021, 78’)
Ov sub fr/en, 14a – Claustrophobic thriller
Molly has just moved into a new apartment. Soon, she is disturbed by strange knocking noises that seem to come from upstairs. Worried, she mentions it to her neighbours, but no one believes her. As the knocking intensifies, Molly becomes convinced someone is in danger. Trailer
DATES AND VENUES OF SCREENINGS
In collaboration with Praesens-Film
- Geneva, Cinémas du Grütli, 21.10.21 – 20:00, ov sub fr
- Zurich, Riffraff, 7.11.21 – 19:00, ov sub en
- Morges, Odéon, 8.11.21 – 20:45, ov sub fr
- Yverdon-les-Bains, Bel Air, 9.11.21 – 20:45, ov sub fr
- Neuchâtel, Apollo, 17.11.21 – 20:30, ov sub fr
- Bern, CineCamera, 18.11.21 – 20:30, ov sub en
- Bienne, Rex, 19.11.21 – 20:30, ov sub fr
- Lausanne, Zinéma, 26.11.21 – 20:00, ov sub fr
- Monthey, Le Kremlin, 2.12.21 – 20:00, ov sub fr
- La Chaux-de-Fonds, ABC, 3.12.21 – 20:45, ov sub fr
- Lugano, Lux, Festival Altroquando, 3.12.21 – 20:45, ov sub en
- Fribourg, Rex, 7.12.21 – 20:30, ov sub fr
…WHILE FANTASTIC FILMS ARE TOURING THE WORLD!
As a continuation of its travelling Fantastique 20 20 20 programme – a retrospective of two decades of genre films – the NIFFF is joining forces with Swiss Films to take Swiss fantasy cinema to faraway lands! The SWISS FANTASTIC FILMS ON TOUR programme gives the spotlight to national productions with a series of shorts and features highlighting the wealth of a genre that keeps growing. After the Kaoshiung Film Festival (15-31 October, Taiwan), the tour will continue at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (27 Oct.-3 Nov.).
Olivier Beguin (CH, 2013, 82′) – Dramatic and horrific romance
Livia and Alexander’s romantic trip to Romania is suddenly cut short by an accident. After being hit by a car, Alexander is hospitalized and undergoes a blood transfusion. On returning home, he doesn’t feel very well and begins to have hallucinations. But are they really just dreams ?
DER UNSCHULDIGE (THE INNOCENT)
Simon Jaquemet (CH/DE, 2018, 114′) – Spiritual thriller
Ruth is a simple mother whose life is turned upside down when the religious and patriarchal system she lives by is called into question by unfathomable events. A touching tale of self-discovery.
Fredi M. Murer (CH, 1979, 101’) – Visionary science-fiction
Alfred M. is a sound hunter, he does phone tapping for a big company. One Friday, late in the day, he believes he is witnessing an abduction. At the same time, the radio is talking about a strange pandemic. A grey and murky weekend begins: in Alfred’s daily life, as in Zurich at the end of the 1970s, the climate turns to paranoia.
Tim Fehlbaum (CH/DE, 2011, 86′) – Sci-fi thriller
For years the sun has been burning down inexplicably hot on the Earth. A permanent drought has dried out the land. Marie, Phillip and Leonie are on their way into the mountains in the hope of finding water. But they are not alone in their search. What begins is a battle for survival in a seemingly desolate world.
Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller (CH/DE, 2015, 99′) – Apocalyptical thriller
A gigantic electromagnetic cloud suddenly appears over Switzerland. Panic spreads quickly, and many citizens try to cross the borders and find refuge in the neighbouring countries. But they will not be allowed in…
L’INCONNU DE SHANDIGOR
Jean-Louis Roy (CH, 1967, 90′) – Drama and action
An UFO of a movie, quite simply: a pop sci-fi film with an implausible script; a nuclear defuser (the “Annulator”); a half-mad sci- entist; Russian, American, and bald spies; car chases; an improbable romance; and even Serge Gainsbourg in the role of Mr. Spy. Rarely has Swiss cinema been so extravagant!
Blaise Harrison (CH/FR, 2019, 98’) – Metaphysical twilight zone
Near the Franco-Swiss border, P.A. and his friends are in their last year of high school. The setting is banal, half-way between urban and country landscapes, and it looks like their formative years will end on as unremarkable a note. And yet, 100 meters below ground, the biggest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world is recreating the conditions of the Big Bang. One day, P.A. starts noticing strange phenomena and perturbations in his surroundings.
Malou Briand & Raphaël Meyer (CH, 2020, 50’)
6 episodes VF, subtitles EN / IT / DE
Thousands of children are abandoned and left to die at the outskirts of the cities… Every year, about twenty of them are chosen to partake in a reality TV show. Determined to escape misery, they compete fiercely to win the prize and be adopted by a famous couple. But this time, the rules are not going to be the same.
HAND IN HAND
Ennio Ruschetti (CH, 2019, 4′)- Entangles body horror
Two politicians shake hands in front of journalists. The stakes suddenly change on an unexpected scale.
Nora Longatti (CH, 2019, 11′)- Abnormal beauty
People walking around their neighbourhood, their local supermarket, their bar… What makes you feel alive?
THE LONELY ORBIT
Benjamin Morard, Frédéric Siegel (CH, 2019, 10′) – Melancholia crash course
After getting his dream job, a satellite operator’s loneliness starts to reflect on a cosmic scale.
Pauline Jeanbourquin (CH, 2018, 20′) – Metaphorical eco-drama
Going through a rough patch, a depressed woman falls deeper down the hole as nature seems to strangely mirror her feelings.
Basile Vuillemin (BE/CH, 2019, 8′) – Dusting comedy
A man discovers the limits of technology when he hires an automated funeral services agency.
Lorenz Wunderle (CH, 2018, 9′) – Gory animated vengeance
A coyote mourning the murder of his family thirsts for vengeance. His rage and sadness merge in violent hallucinations.
Pirmin Bieri, Aira Joana, Luca Struchen, Nicolas Roth (CH, 2018, 7′) – Poetical identity quest
A walker undergoing physical transformations bumps into a strange animal near a gigantic concrete structure.
In addition to NIFFF ON TOUR, the NIFFF is organising three all-nighters in Zurich, Lausanne, and La Chaux-de-Fonds!
8 HOURS OF HORROR – VOL.2, HALLOWEEN AT THE RIFFRAFF
SHORT FILMS NIGHT IN LAUSANNE
The 24th Nuit du Court métrage Lausanne will take place at the Pathé Les Galeries on Friday, November 19th. The NIFFF is eager to screen a particularly exciting shorts programme!
An alien invasion, unusual ice cream flavours, or a futuristic musical are but some parts of this kaleidoscopic journey that shines a spotlight on a new generation of fantasy auteurs.
The complete programme and the ticket office will be online in early November on nuitducourt.ch.
MIDNIGHT MOVIES AT THE ABC
Our third nocturnal movie marathon will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, at the ABC, the culture centre of La Chaux-de-Fonds!
WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL, Sono Sion’s orgasmic masterpiece (NIFFF 2015) and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR from the one and only Brian Yuzna, (NIFFF 2003), as well as multiple short films, will no doubt keep you awake until dawn.
Food is included in the price of admission. Bookings open on November 1st.
Brian Yuzna (US/ES, 2003, 100’) – Horrific comedy
For Herbert West, death is only a disease that can be cured. His research focuses on a remedy that can bring people back to life. This “collateral damage” sends him to prison where he meets the young doctor, Dr Howard. Together they set up a secret laboratory inside the prison where Herbert West can continue his research.
WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL
Sono Sion (JP, 2013, 129’) – Crazy love letter to cinema
With the help of a crazed film enthusiast, two rival Yakuza gangs decide to make a film. Sono Sion’s explosive love letter to cinema is a rousing masterpiece that never slows down.