Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival Announces Full Lineup For 2018

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Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival Announces Full Lineup For 2018

Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) today announced a full programme of genre treats ahead of their July 6th start date. In addition to the previously announced world-first focus on genre films of New Zealand and the festival's highlighting of Swiss fantastic cinema, the festival presents a packed Competition, an exciting exploration of New Cinema from Asia, and a delve into the more extreme, unusual and innovative offerings the genre world has to offer with their Films of the 3rd Kind and Ultra Movies strands.

Oh yeah, and David Cronenberg's going to be there...

Take a look at the full announcement below!

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (8-14 July) is proud to reveal its official programme for the 18th edition, focused on highlighting the boldness of current productions. With David Cronenberg as President of the jury, the international competition will be composed of an overview of the most anticipated releases (UNDER THE SILVER LAKE from David Robert Mitchell, HEREDITARY from Ari Aster, MANDY from Panos Cosmatos), as well as first features from emerging talents (Tilman Singer’s LUZ, Rasmus Kloster Bro’s CUTTERHEAD, Justin P. Lange & Klemens Hufnagl’s THE DARK), and the best of auteur cinema in the fantasy genre (CLIMAX from Gaspar Noé, DIAMANTINO from Gabriel Alamantes & Daniel Schmidt, MUERE, MONSTRUO, MUERE from Alejandro Fadel). Daring experimental films will play alongside retrospectives and cartes blanches, to outline the history of genre cinema, notably with the CLASSICS RELOADED category, dedicated to restored version of renowned masterpieces screened at the Open Air. WHAT WE DO IN NEW ZEALAND, first-ever retrospective focused on Nez Zealand genre films, will take you to the other side of the world, and the EL DORADO section will make a comeback to pay homage to the limitless imagination of Latin American cinema. For its opening ceremony, the NIFFF will present the world premiere of the web series LE 5E CAVALIER, in collaboration with RTS. The Swiss premiere of HÔTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 will conclude the festival on a quirky, funny, intergenerational note!


THE NIFFF’s 18th edition has a total budget of CHF 2’175’000. Lasting 9 days, it will show over 150 films from 14 sections. It can welcome 2’135 viewers at the same time. The 168 public screenings will be composed of 109 features and 60 shorts from 41 countries, including 7 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 9 European premieres, and 53 Swiss ones. The free NIFFF Extended and NIFFF Invasion programmes will offer more than 71 activities, 61 of which are conferences.


16 films will compete for the H.R. Giger “Narcisse” award to be given by David Cronenberg, which amounts to CHF 10,000 from the City of Neuchâtel. Among the competition’s major players are the Swiss premieres of TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Issa López), lauded by Guillermo del Toro, and of the most terrifying film of the year, namely Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY. The adaptation of popular manga KASANE by Japanese filmmaker Satô Yûichi will have its international premiere here. Other highlights include the retro comedy AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN which is Jim Hosking’s second feature, whose first film made quite the impression at the 2016 edition, as well as Iranian social comedy PIG (KHOOK) from Mani Haghighi...

AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN Jim Hosking, USA, 2018, 108’ Swiss premiere

CUTTERHEAD* Rasmus Kloster Bro, Denmark, 2018, 84’ World premiere

CLIMAX* Gaspar Noé, France, 2018, 95’ Swiss premiere

DIAMANTINO Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France/Brazil, 2018, 92’ Swiss premiere

HEREDITARY* Ari Aster, USA, 2018, 120’ Swiss premiere

LUZ* Tilman Singer, Germany, 2018, 70’ Swiss premiere

MUERE, MONSTRUO, MUERE* Alejandro Fadel, Argentina/France/Chile, 2018, 109’
Swiss premiere

PIG (KHOOK) Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2018, 90’ Swiss premiere

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID Issa López, Mexico, 2017, 83’ Swiss premiere

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE David Robert Mitchell, USA, 2018, 139’ Swiss premiere

KASANE Satô Yûichi, Japan, 2018, 100’ International premiere

MANDY Panos Cosmatos, USA/Belgium, 2018, 121’ Swiss premiere

PIERCING Nicolas Pesce, USA, 2018, 81 Swiss premiere

THE DARK Justin Lange & Klemens Hufnagl, Austria, 2018, 91
European premiere

TIME SHARE Sebastián Hofmann, Mexico, 2018, 96’ Swiss premiere

WHEN THE TREES FALL Marysia Nikitiuk, Ukraine/Poland/Macedonia, 2018, 88
Swiss premiere


Working as a true indicator of where Asian genre cinema stands, this section is comprised of the newest trends from the Far East. This year will mark the return of Miike Takashi with the European premiere of LAPLACE’S WITCH. The crazy and colourful super hero flick BHAVESH JOSHI SUPERHERO from Vikramaditya Motwane (who won big at last year’s NIFFF) will be shown, as well as the highly anticipated remake of the classic SATAN’S SLAVES by Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar...

BAD GENIUS Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thailand, 2017, 130’ Swiss premiere

INUYASHIKI Sato Shinsuke, Japan, 2018, 126’ Swiss premiere

OPERATION RED SEA Dante Lam, China, 2018, 142’ Swiss premiere

BHAVESH JOSHI SUPERHERO Vikramaditya Motwane, India, 2018, 153’ Swiss premiere

HANAGA T AMI Ôbayashi Nobuhiko, Japan, 2017, 169’ Swiss premiere

LAPLACE’S WITCH Miike Takashi, Japan, 2018, 117’ European premiere

SATAN’S SLAVES Joko Anwar, Indonesia/South Korea, 2017, 107’ Swiss premiere


Film genres intersect in this diverse selection of hybrid experiments and formally innovative movies. Prepare for an avalanche of Swiss premieres and prestigious guests: headstrong actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir from WOMEN AT WAR (SACD award at the International Critics' Week), Benedikt Erlingsson, screenmovies creator Timur Bekmambetov (and his film PROFILE), the adorable little (for the most part) monsters from MONSTER HUNT 2, and Frank Ribière, director of LA FEMME LA PLUS ASSASSINEE DU MONDE. Finally, Yannick Renier will be in attendance to present CARNIVORES, which he directed with his brother, and tells a story centred on the carnivorous relationship between two sisters who work in the film industry.

AMMORE E MALAVITA* Marco & Antonio Manetti, Italy, 2017, 133’ World premiere

CORNELIUS, LE MEUNIER HURLANT* Yann Le Quellec, France, 2018, 105’ International premiere

I KILL GIANTS Anders Walter, USA/UK/Belgium, 2017, 104’ Swiss premiere

MARY SHELLEY Haifaa Al-Mansour, UK/Ireland/Luxembourg/ USA, 2018, 120’
Swiss premiere

MUTAFUKAZ Guillaume "Run" Renard & Nishimi Shojiro, France/Japan, 2017, 90’
Swiss premiere

PROFILE* Timur Bekmambetov, USA/UK/Cyprus/Russia, 2018, 105’
Swiss premiere

THE REAL ESTATE Måns Månsson & Axel Petersén, Sweden/UK, 2018, 88’
Swiss premiere

CARNIVORES* Yannick & Jérémie Renier, France/Belgium, 2018, 87’
International premiere

HOTEL ARTEMIS Drew Pearce, United Kingdom/USA, 2018, 94’ Swiss premiere

LA FEMME LA PLUS ASSASSINEE DU MONDE* Franck Ribière, Belgium/UK/USA, 2018, 102’ Swiss premiere

Raman Hui, Hong Kong/Chine, 2018, 110’ Swiss premiere

NUMBER 37* Nosipho Dumisa, South Africa, 2018, 90’ European premiere

THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOX Bodo Kox, Poland/Italy, 2017, 105’ Swiss premiere

WOMAN AT WAR* Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/Ukraine/France, 2018, 101’
Swiss premiere


Looking for thrills? The ULTRA MOVIES category will test your limits with the most extreme works of the year. Guests include actress Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction, Hunger Games), who will present the international premiere of A YOUNG MAN WITH HIGH POTENTIAL from Linus de Paoli, and BLOOD TEST director Owen Egerton, who will introduce his horror film festival-set gorefest... There will also be the European premiere of Colin Minihan’s latest gloomy film, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, in the presence of his two main actresses.

A YOUNG MAN WITH HIGH POTENTIAL* Linus de Paoli, Germany, 2018, 85’ International premiere

BLOOD FEST Owen Egerton, USA, 2018, 90’ European premiere

LIVERLEAF Naito Eisuke, Japan, 2018, 114’ European premiere

PREMIKA Siwakorn Charupongsa, Thailand, 2018, 90’ Swiss premiere

THE GREEN FOG Guy Maddin, Evan & Galen Johnson, USA, 2017, 63’
Swiss premiere

ATERRADOS Demián Rugna, Argentina, 2017, 88’ Swiss premiere

GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM Jeong Beom-sik, South Korea, 2018, 95’ Swiss premiere

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Shinichiro Ueda, Japan, 2018, 96’ Swiss premiere

THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL V. Franz, S. Fiala, P. Strickland, A. Smoczynska, K. Gebbe, C. Evrenol, C. Reeder, A. Ahluwalia & Y. Veslemes, New Zealand, 2018, 117’ European premiere

WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE Colin Minihan, Canada, 2018, 98’ European premiere

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