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05 November 2020 à 11:19
French genre films shine this fall
After winning major accolades at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, where French productions were honored with no less than six awards, French genre films, both feature-length and short format, continue to travel around Spain, with several among them selected at San Sebastián, Molins de Rei, and Málaga. With titles such as The Swarm, Mandibles, Meander, Paul W.R's Last Journey, Kandisha, Teddy, Hunted, and Jumbo, Gallic genre films have been strongly represented at international festivals in the fall season.
Well aware of Spanish audiences' high expectations and strong interest in genre films, Unifrance has supported this current trend by holding a roundtable discussion with the new generation of filmmakers who are embracing the codes of genre cinema. The video of the roundtable is being broadcast over a one-month period as part of the "Noviembre Fantasma" initiative jointly organized by three festivals (the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei, and Fancine - Cine Fantástico de Malaga), which offers Spanish audiences exclusive access to films and videos, including interviews filmed by UniFrance with the directors of the French films presented in competition.
Roundtable on the subject "French genre films: A discussion with a new generation of promising directors" featuring Just Philippot (The Swarm), Romain Quirot (Paul W.R's Last Journey, photo), and Mathieu Turi (Meander), moderated by Anaïs Bertrand (Insolence Productions).
- French version: https://youtu.be/x3QDU7urZq8
- French version with simultaneous translation in English: https://youtu.be/oeUAYqTJ8kI
- French version with simultaneous translation in Spanish: https://youtu.be/c9R8MOrCQrI
With the aim of appealing to general audiences in Spain, UniFrance has also teamed up with the platform FilmIn to shine the spotlight on a selection of French productions included in the platform's special program of genre films during the month of November.
Other international festivals have also opened up their screens, either physically or online, to French genre films, such as the Trieste Science+Fiction in Italy (awarding a prize to Meander), the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden (where Teddy picked up an award), the Nightmare Film Festival in the USA (where Meander won another award), to name but a few.
Finally, just as most streaming platforms are taking full advantage of the Halloween period to offer programs with related themes, some services, such as Spamflix, have adopted an original approach by giving Carte Blanche to the company Autour de Minuit to present a selection of 12 short animation films that stand out in their catalogue, several of which are French!
Latest update : 09 November 2020 à 11:19 CET