Europe has many fine genre film festivals, and Amsterdam's Imagine Film Festival, which starts this week, can proudly call itself a member of that group. The line-up for this year's edition is particularly impressive. There is anime and other animation, there are unique screenings like a Tsui Hark film in 3D, or a David Lynch film in 70 mm. There are international guests like Jodorowsky, and a few world premieres.
Plenty of reasons for a good visit!
As always the focus is on fantasy, science fiction and horror, but not exclusively so. Any sign of abundant creativity is enough to warrant being screened here.
Being an annual festival, it does mean that there are also some great titles in there which have screened elsewhere already, and which were reviewed here at ScreenAnarchy. To see them all, go visit the Imagine film Festival's website
. But for now, here is our selection of the selection.
And even with twenty-four recommendations (and/or heads-ups), we're probably missing something, so feel free to chime in in the comments!
Beauty and the Beast
The film opening the festival this year is Christophe Gans' adaptation of the famous story, starring Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux. This version incorporates not just the Disney view but also the darker iterations from the past, and is generally gorgeous.
Shelagh loved the look but had issues with the story, and you can read her review here.
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