Into the Forest

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8-year-old Tom and his 11-year-old brother Benjamin have barely met their dad since their parents divorced several years ago. The boys live in France with their mother but now they’re about to spend their summer with their estranged father who has moved to Stockholm. Tom is nervous and reluctant, something that does not feel right and the feeling will not leave him alone. The man who says he is their father behaves strangely and Tom sees terrifying visions. Suddenly, their dad... Read More

Love

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It is easy to make the argument that with films such as Irréversible and Enter the Void, Gaspar Noé is the enfant terrible, par excellence of the 2000’s. His personal appearance, which resembles Anton LaVey channeling a 70’s porn star, does nothing to hide his cinematic intentions. So it should come as a surprise to no one that Noé’s first feature in six years made the audience at the premiere in Cannes lose their proverbial shit, and had fights breaking out during its... Read More

Mars et Avril

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Without enough money, it was all about love and time, said director Martin Villeneuve recently on the TED stage where he talked about how he made a visually stunning sci-fi on a shoestring budget. A Czech-Canadian sci-fi in French might feel like something rather odd. And you’re right, the Montreal-based director’s invitation to his future hometown doesn’t resemble much you’ve seen before. Based on his graphic novels March et Avril is a retro-designed neo noir where... Read More

Chimères

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Love is a powerful thing, but what it makes us do, even more so. During a holiday in Romania with his girlfriend Livia, Alex gets hit by a car. His recuperation is slow and painful until he one morning experiences a burning sensation whilst stood in the breaking sunlight. Alex questions the blood transfusions he received in the Romanian hospital and his sanity is put to the test when the reflection in the mirror starts looking more like a vampire than himself. His everyday life... Read More

THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

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In 1993, a film reel with a colour version of Georges Méliès groundbreaking silent science fiction film A Trip to the Moon from 1902 was discovered. Previous versions of the film have been black and white and of poor quality. The bad condition of the reel signalled the beginning of an international project, with new technologically advanced methods, in a desperate attempt to save the content and recreate the film. After 12 years, by which time it had become history’s... Read More

LIVID

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French directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s debut, À l’intérieur, is one of the best films to come from the wave of French extreme horror that’s been so prolific in the last few years, and it was a big hit when it screened at LIFFF in 2008. Now the duo is back with their new film. It’s Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher who lies in a coma in her large, desolate house that is rumoured... Read More

ERNEST & CELESTINE

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The geniuses behind the laugh-o-rama A Town Called Panic (winner of our 2009 Silver Méliès), are back – this time with lovely Ernest & Celestine. In the sewer system beneath a world of bears, Celestine lives in the mouse world with lots of other little mice. There, fear of the big bad bear and collecting bear cubs’ milk teeth are all that matter. But Celestine refuses to believe that bears are her enemies. When she during ther ooth-gathering meets famished hobo bear... Read More

THE LOOKOUT

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France has a long tradition of excellent thrillers, from Melvilles Le Cercle Rouge to Bessons Leon and recent titles like Taken and Mesrine. And now we can also add Michele Palacidos (Romanzo Criminale) The Lookout to the list. Detective Matteis plan to catch a gang of notorious bank robbers is foiled when a lone sniper decimates his crew. The robbers get away and as Mattei starts a massive man hunt, the gang starts a nefarious descent into hell. Placido directs the hell out of... Read More

Point Blank

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Anything For Her, Fred Cavaye’s debut thriller from 2008 was a huge success and later remade in the US as The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe as the lead. Now he’s finally back with another  adrenaline pumping actionthriller. Samuel, a nurse becomes a witness to the attempted murder of a patient, one that is revealed to be a big shot criminal. He manages to save the patients life, but his heroes tale soon turns into a nightmare. There are a lot of people who wants to get... Read More

Boro In The Box+11 Shorts

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Presented by the Polish Institute in Stockholm and The Polish Film Institute One of FFF’s passions is putting a magnifying glass over the forgotten and finding great art in what others would call kitsch or camp. Polish film maker Walerian Borowczyk was called everything from simple pornographer to master of imagery. Terry Gilliam named him one of the foremost animators of all time. Borowczyk was praised for his experimental, nightmarish short films in festivals all over the... Read More