Neuchâtel 2019: Jovanka Vuckovic's RIOT GIRLS to Premiere at Swiss Genre Festival, First Wave Announced

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Neuchâtel 2019: Jovanka Vuckovic's RIOT GIRLS to Premiere at Swiss Genre Festival, First Wave Announced
The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland is definitely one of Europe’s premiere genre film festivals. Nestled on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel the festival’s location alone is a much sought after booking for any filmmaker. Combine the picturesque surroundings with the loyal genre savvy audience and usual killer programming one can see why NIFFF is so popular. 
 
And of that programming we have our first look at this year’s edition. Immediate standouts are the world premiere of Jovanka Vuckovic’s Riot Girls, Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella’s Something Else and Knives and Skin from Jennifer Reeder. 
 
Károly Ujj Mészáros earned a lot of fans here at Screen Anarchy with his awesome fable Liza, The Fox-Fairy. They have a new film in the festival this year, X The Exploited, about police corruption in Budapest. This one might not be so cheery. 
 
Christian Volckman, who directed that awesome black and white animated future noir Renaissance, is back with his new film, Room
 
There are a couple titles from the LatAm that I will be keeping an eye out for. Alejandro Landes’ paramilitary thriller Monos from Colombia and on the lighter side Fabrício Bittar’s Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
 
The complete list of first wave releases is below. 
 
NIFFF 2019: SPOTLIGHT ON THE 19TH EDITION’S OFFICIAL PROGRAMME
 
The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) paves the way for its June 20th press conference with the unveiling of part of its programme. The selection puts a new generation of filmmakers front and centre, both in Europe (Ulaa Salim, Vincent Mariette, Károly Ujj Mészáros) and North America (Jennifer Reeder, Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella, Jovanka Vuckovic) to offer an enthralling overview of the fantasy genre today. This new generation exists side by side with the pillars of auteur cinema (Denis Côté) and the major players of the rebirth of European fantasy films (Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein, Christian Volckman). In addition, the NIFFF will have a special programme dedicated to the NEW DANISH SCREEN initiative called DANES DO IT BETTER!, which will focus on Danish inventiveness.
 
American indies will come in force with directorial debuts that have a true vision, whether it be in the teen movie genre (KNIVES AND SKIN) or the monster movie (SOMETHING ELSE). The world premiere of post-apocalyptic film RIOT GIRLS from Canadian director Jovanka Vuckovic will no doubt be a highlight of the programme that demonstrates the creativity of independent North American auteurs.
 
With GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY, Denis Côté offers an emotional study of Québec’s rural communities that live in isolation during winter. Famous Swedish TV writer Måns Mårlind (THE BRIDGE, MIDNIGHT SUN) joins forces with Björn Stein for his feature film comeback in the wild romance SWOON, an ode to Baz Luhrmann’s magic realism. Christian Volckman, who had made a name for himself with RENAISSANCE, is back with a new supernatural tale called THE ROOM, starring Olga Kurylenko.
 
New European filmmakers will also be celebrated this year. Vincent Mariette’s second film, LES FAUVES (with an all-star cast that includes Lily-Rose Depp, Laurent Lafitte and Camille Cottin), sets the stage for a mysterious predatory hunt at a campsite. SONS OF DENMARK, Ulaa Salim’s first feature, is a brutal political and polemical piece that will leave audiences stunned. In contrast, 7 REASONS TO RUN AWAY (FROM SOCIETY), a charmingly absurd anthology film, will highlight the creativity of a Spanish trio whose future work we look forward to. Following up on his outrageous musical LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY (NIFFF 2015), Károly Ujj Mészáros is back with X - THE EXPLOITED, a deep dive in the world of police corruption in Budapest. To finish on a unique note, this European tour will take us to EXTRAORDINARY, a Will Forte (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)-led comedy that made a big splash at SXSW.
 
Intent on pursuing NIFFF’s exploration of the dynamism and diversity of Latin American cinema, two very different but equally unmissable films will also be shown: MONOS, a Colombian paramilitary thriller whose reputation worldwide stems from its fascinating visual atmosphere, and GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY, a zany tribute to GHOSTBUSTERS that gives the spotlight to Brazilian prankish humour.
 
 
SONS OF DENMARK
Ulaa Salim, DK, 2019
Cast: Zaki Youssef, Imad Abul-Foul, Rasmus Bjerg Festival contact: Danish Film Institute (DK)
Swiss premiere
In-Your-Face Anticipation
 
EXTRA ORDINARY
Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman, IE/BE, 2019 Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte World sales: Epic Pictures Group (US) Swiss premiere
Paranormal Stupidities
 
X – THE EXPLOITED
Károly Ujj Mészáros, HU, 2018
Cast: Mónika Balsai, Renátó Olasz, Zsófia Bujáki Festival contact: Hungarian National Film Fund (HU) Swiss premiere
Eerie Thriller
 
LES FAUVES (SAVAGE)
Vincent Mariette, FR, 2018
Cast: Lily-Rose Depp, Laurent Lafitte, Camille Cottin
World sales: Elle Driver (FR) Swiss premiere
Haunting Coming-of-age
 
7 REASONS TO RUN AWAY (FROM SOCIETY)
Gerard Quinto, Esteve Soler & David Torras, ES, 2019 Cast: Sergi López, Emma Suárez, Lola Dueñas World sales: Filmax (ES)
Swiss premiere
Absurd Take On Society
 
MONOS
Alejandro Landes, CO/AR/NL/DE/SE/UR, 2019 Cast: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero Swiss distributor: Trigon-film (CH)
Regional premiere Intense Chaotic Thriller
 
RIOT GIRLS
Jovanka Vuckovic, CA, 2019
Cast: Madison Iseman, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Mun- ro Chambers
World sales: AMP International (UK) World premiere
Post-apocalyptic Teen Survival
 
SOMETHING ELSE
Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella, US, 2019 Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Justin Benson World sales: XYZ Films (US)
International premiere Monstrous Love
 
KNIVES AND SKIN
Jennifer Reeder, US, 2019
Cast: Kate Arrington, Tim Hopper, James Vincent Meredith World sales: WTFilms (FR)
Swiss premiere Fluorescent Teen Noir
 
DANES DO IT BETTER!
 
GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY
Fabrício Bittar, BR, 2018
Cast: Dani Calabresa, Léo Lins, Danilo Gentili World sales: Raven Banner (CA) International premiere
Lame Ghostbusters Blood Massacre
 
RÉPERTOIRE DES VILLES DISPARUES (GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY)
Denis Côté, CA, 2019
Cast: Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil World sales: Films Boutique (DE)
Swiss premiere
Bone-Chilling Ghost Story
 
SWOON
Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein, SE, 2019
Cast: Helena Af Sandeberg, Pernilla August, Mattias Banker
Festival contact: Swedish Film Institute (SE) Swiss premiere
Epic Pop Romance
 
THE ROOM
Christian Volckman, FR/BE/LX, 2019
Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Janssens, Francis Chapman
World sales: Elle Driver (FR) Swiss premiere Supernatural Huis Clos
 
 
Discover the first 6 films of a programme dedicated to highlight Danish inventiveness. Founded in 2003 with the objective of stimulating experimentation and inspiring new talents, the funding and development initiative NEW DANISH SCREEN has given way to one of the most dynamic cinematic movements in the world. The NIFFF offers to explore this cinema of innovations through a selection of titles.
 
FLOW
Fenar Ahmad
Hip Hop Adventure, DK, 2014, 89’
 
A HORRIBLE WOMAN
Christian Tafdrup
Domestic Horror, DK, 2017, 86’
 
BRIDGEND
Jeppe Rønde
Thriller – Coming of Age, DK, 2015, 95’
 
WINTER BROTHERS
Hlynur Pálmason
Familial Thriller, DK, 2017, 93’
 
CUTTERHEAD
Rasmus Kloster Bro
Claustrophobic survival, DK, 2018, 84’
 
SHELLEY
Ali Abbasi
Paranoid supernatural tale, DK, 2016, 90’
 
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