Action, cold sweats and the supernatural at the Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festival

The fifteenth edition takes place from September 23 to October 2 in Strasbourg cinemas with an eclectic program and 13 films in the official selection.

Heidi who returns to take revenge on a horrible gruyere tycoon in a gore version, unicorns exploding teddy bears (and vice versa), an Iranian exorcism film... The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival returns from Friday, September 23 with an eclectic line-up and the director Christopher Gans as a guest of honour.

For his 15e edition, the Strasbourg festival, which had welcomed more than 33,000 spectators during the last pre-Covid edition, in 2019, offers until October 2 thirteen films in the international competition category, eight in "crossovers" and eight in films of entertainment, as well as many events.

Diabolikby the Manetti brothers, will be broadcast at the opening on Friday evening before the jury decides between the 13 films of the official selection, including the disturbing family dinner by Peter Hegl, Our ceremoniesby the young French director Simon Rieth or the black tale You won't be aloneby Goran Stolevcki with the actress Noomi Rapace.

Among the highlights, French director Christophe Gans will be the festival's guest of honor and will give a masterclass on Sunday September 25 before the screening of his film. The Pact of the Wolves in 4K restored version.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro will also be present for the screening of the restored version of The City of Lost Children world premiere on Saturday.

Gore lovers will stick around for the late screenings of the “Midnight movies” selection, with the bloody Mad Heidiby Johannes Hartmann and Sandro Klopfenstein, the vertiginous fallby Scott Mann, or Dark Glassesof Dario Argentowith in the credits his daughter, the actress Asia Argento.

The "Crossovers" section will offer a great diversity, between The Rascalsby French director Jimmy Laporal-Trésor, Zalavafrom the Iranian Arsalan Amiri, or Pamfirby Ukrainian filmmaker Dmytro Sukholytkyy.

Fast-paced action scenes

The youngest are not forgotten and are entitled to a dedicated session, with The secret of perlimsby Ale Abreu: “A very colourful, magnificent film, a real treat, and for the parents too”notes Daniel Cohen, the artistic director of the festival.

And lovers of nanars will not miss the eccentric night, “in partnership with the French Cinematheque, which entrusts us with its worst films”, smiles again Daniel Cohen. An eccentric night often taken by storm, during which will be broadcast The island of naked women, Dracula, sexual vampireand The strong arm of Wang Yu. A breakfast is then offered to the brave ones who stayed until the end.

At the end of the festival, Hunt will keep viewers spellbound. It's a Korean movie Lee Jung-jaecult actor of the series Squid Game, who is both an actor and director here. The film features blistering action scenes and is a bit reminiscent of Heat of Michael Mann», enthuses Daniel Cohen. And Greg Lauert, in charge of programming short and feature films, to highlight "the dexterity of Koreans in the representation of action, violence".

On the sidelines of the festival, there will unfortunately be no Zombie March this year, the traditional costumed parade through the streets of Strasbourg of zombies, bloody monsters and other vampires, long one of the highlights of the festival: “It was fun to have fun on the theme of a post-pandemic world, but today reality has surpassed fiction: after two years of Covid it is no longer a fantasy, the world of today hui has caught up with the concept”regrets Daniel Cohen.

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