The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, dedicated to genre films and Asian cinema, has announced its 2017 lineup.
The festival’s opening ceremony on June 30 will feature Interstellar Riot, a “galactic pop opera” performed by Swiss band The Rambling Wheels inspired by Orson Welles’ radio drama production of War of the Worlds. The festival has put together a retrospective of sci-fi comedies that includes Alex Cheung’s 1983 Shaw Brothers comedy Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (星際鈍胎).
The festival closes on July 8 with Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.
The international competition includes four Asian films: Chang’s Chinese-language sci-fi thriller Reset (逆時營救), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s alien invasion thriller Before We Vanish (散歩する侵略者), Giddens’ Mon Mon Mon Monsters (報告老師！怪怪怪怪物) and the world premiere of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章). Director Takashi Miike will attend the world premiere as the festival’s guest of honor.
The festival also has a separate section titled New Cinema From Asia to showcase films from the region. Titles include Mouly Surya’s Director’s Fortnight entry Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak), Hong Kong’s Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (今晚打喪屍), Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped (produced by Anurag Kashyap) and Miike’s Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人).
Chinese animated film Have a Nice Day (好極了) is also included in the lineup, but its status is unclear as France’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival was reportedly forced to pull the film from its competition because it has yet to be cleared for release in China (under the newly enacted film law, all Chinese films playing abroad must also be cleared for domestic release).
Other titles in the lineup include South Korea’s The Merciless (불한당: 나쁜 놈들의 세상), Tollywood blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion, and a retrospective dedicated to late Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki.