International fantastic film competition
Silver Méliès Competition
Animated films competition
Short film competition
Opening / Closing
International Fantastic Competition
Animated Films Competition
Competition Made in France
It is often said that France is not a country of fantastic cinema and there is no denying that we have an ambiguous relationship with this genre.
However, from the pioneer of cinema at the beginning of the last century, Georges Méliès, through to Titane, winner of the Palme d’or at Cannes in 2021, France can certainly boast an eclectic production.
French Touch is a journey through France’s genre cinema, from 1950s classics, such as René Clair’s Beauty and the Devil with Michel Simon’s superb Mephisto, through to Christophe Gans’ remastered Brotherhood of the Wolf, whose more than 5 million viewers make it the benchmark for genre film in France.
French Touch will also present unique works by mavericks, such as Jean Rollin, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Serge Leroy and Jérôme Boivin, along with the world premier of Jeunet and Caro’s remastered The City of Lost Children
Guest of honour’s retrospective
Nosferatu turns 100
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau shot Nosferatu 1921 and it premiered in Berlin the following year.
Considered one of the masterpieces of German expressionism and silent cinema, it was the ﬁrst ﬁlm adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
To celebrate its centenary in high style, the original ﬁlm will be screened to an electro beat, with two other ﬁlmic adaptations –
Werner Herzog’s faithful remake of Murnau’s ﬁlm, with Klaus Kinski following in the footsteps of Max Schreck as the vampire, and that of Francis Ford Coppola, the most spectacular adaptation to date.
The Eccentric Night
One of the festival’s major highlights, Eccentric Night is back with an explosive cocktail of the worst films unearthed from the collections of the highly esteemed Cinematheque française.
This year’s line-up includes a French nudist comedy from the 1950s, an erotic vampire film in which Dracula owns a Hollywood nightclub and a Hong Kong martial arts film whose kung fu fighter guy decapitates his opponents with a flying guillotine hat.
All, bien sûr, in 35 mm French versions, further heightened by cringeworthy trailers and a breakfast served at dawn to help you regain your composure.
Exhibition in Augmented Reality
Guest of honor
Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro