Our friends at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival are gearing up for their 18th annual film festival at the end of September and have announced the first wave of films competing for the coveted international award, The Siren, and the best European fantastic film, the Méliès d'Argent. The winner of that award goes on to Sitges and competes for the Méliès d'Or award.
What can festival attendees expect? The son of Cronenberg. The latest from the animators of A Town Called Panic. And a visit from one George A. Romero. It is going to be a good week of fantastic cinema in Lund, Sweden.
Cannes-films, sensual Lithuanian Sci-Fi and Queer-Zombies in official competition at Lund Intl. Fantastic Film Festival.
It's time to give you all small taste of what's to come in our two competitive line ups 2012. Nine films will compete for our International award; The Siren and eight films will duke it out for the Méliès d'Argent, and become a contender for the best European fantastic film. The Méliès d'Argent winner will then go on as Lund Intl. Fantastic Film Festivals representative at Europe's largest fantastic film festival in Sitges and compete for the Méliès d'Or award.
Here's a selection of the nine films in competition for The Siren:
Antiviral: David Cronenberg's son, Brandon Cronenberg's feature film debut was one of the most talked about films in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes. It will, like all the rest of the films in the International Competition have its Nordic premiere at the festival.
Baytown Outlaws: Another feature film debut is made by Barry Battles; his film Baytown Outlaws is most easily described as if Quentin Tarantino had a head-on collision with southern rockers Kings of Leon and stars Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria.
Remington & The Curse of The Zombadings: From The Philippines comes Remington & The Curse of The Zombadings; a twisted queer-zombieflick with a strong anti-homophobic message.
The Look Out: Mathieu Kassovitz and Daniel Auteuil stars in this hard boiled french thriller.
And here's a selection of the eight films in competition for the Méliès d'Argent:
Wither: Among the eight gems in the Méliès competition, we are especially proud to bring you the world premiere of the Swedish horror film Wither, starring among others Swedish legend Johannes Brost and Lisa Henni from Easy Money.
Le Tableau: The cherished and Palme d'or awarded french animator Jean-François Laguionie has created the beautiful and philosophical Le Tableau with Anik Le Ray and both will be visiting Lund.
Ernest & Celestine: More animation from France in Ernest & Célestine, which was screened in the Directors Fortnight section in Cannes. From the same filmmakers who brought you A Town Called Panic, and they will also be visiting Lund.
Vanishing Waves: Cinema fantastique from Lithuania is not something we're used to, but Kristina Buozytes sensual Science-fiction film Vanishing Waves truly makes us want to see more.
The jury for The Siren consists of:
George A. Romero (USA): Godfather of the modern zombie film
Hélène Cattet (Belgium): One of the directors of the modern giallo masterpiece Amer and one of the 26 directors of the horror anthology The ABC's of Death.
Timo Vuorensola (Finland): The director of Iron Sky.
The Méliès jury consists of:
Gabriela Pichler: One of Sweden's most exciting young filmmakers.
Petra Revenue: Playwright, writer and director.
Martin Frostberg: Communicator at The Swedish Film institute and journalist.
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