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Manuel de Layet [Film Festival 08.26.10] France movie news

There is only one festival where you can run across the father of midnight movies and the father of slasher horror, and it’s next week in Paris. For those who lived in a cave the past 16 years, it’s September. Meaning it’s time for the IRS and corollary it’s time for L’Etrange Festival.

The most bizarre, weird, shocking, gore, poetic and illuminating pieces of cinematographic creation of the year and beyond, are once again tied together and bound into two weeks of total visual bliss. This year is more loaded than a 34 year old Presbyterian going to the brothel, just look at the numbers : 2 world premieres, 1 European premiere, 22 French premieres, 5 first screening and 5 never seen before movies. All that including MONSTERS" from Gareth Edwards, "BEDEVILLED" from Jang Cheol-Soo, "CAPTIFS" from Yann Gozlan, "FOUR LIONS" from Chris Morris and "THE HOUSE MAID" by Im Sang-Soo.

Even more: a special competition rewarding one of these beauties by broadcast on a major network.

This is already worth selling a kidney to get there, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Like I said in my eye catcher up above, there will be both Alejandro Jodorowsky and Tobe Hooper, but also Nicolas Winding Refn,  Daniel Stamm, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Kalfon amongst others.

Still ain’t booked your flight to Paris?

I’ll have to talk about the special night : One with Tobe Hooper introducing the new restored print of his very first flick : EGGSHELLS. One other that will make shish kabobs of all the twilight groupies, a real vampire night with more fangs than sparkly teenagers can ever deal with.

And for the music lovers, the side show l’Etrange Musique will be stage for the first concert in 30 years of Mark Stewart and Bruce Smith, sharing the highlights with Alec Empire and the incredible chartered-tribals of Kni Crik.

Still can’t be there on time?

Too bad you’ll have to deal with reading my reviews and hoping you’ll be able to make it next year.

Sucks to be you,


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