Watch on Cineuropa: Don’t believe your eyes - Fantasy films you will never forget
- Looking for a trip into the realm of dreams? Watch new festival hits on our pages!
No artform allows us to explore new worlds and question the reality of our own quite like cinema. To celebrate the Seventh Art as the ultimate escapist machine, we’re proud to showcase some of the most intriguing fantasy films in our catalogue - films worth your time which have shaped the genre’s history, and picked up accolades all along the festival circuit.
These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!
A fallen soccer superstar vows to adopt a refugee child, while becoming the naive unwitting centrepiece in in a bizarre plot to Make Portugal Great Again. The freshest blast of comedic lunacy to come out of Cannes in recent years, courtesy of the twisted minds of writers-directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.
Claire Denis's first English-language picture is a work of spell-binding beauty, a vision of humanity marooned by almost inexpressible sorrow and guilt. Rarely has space travel served as such an apt and devastating metaphor of the human condition.
A love letter to cinema unlike any other, trailing behind a thespian (Denis Lavant, in a performance for the ages) as he hops in and out of different storylines and characters. This is cinema at its most powerful, a feast for the eyes you will be treasuring for a long while.
A high schooler is drawn into a world of gods in Christophe Honoré’s very audacious, very seductive adaptation of Ovid’s anthology of classical myths in which mortals are changed into plants and animals by deities. A fluid, engrossing hymn to freedom and transgression.
An effervescent and wildly imaginative study of teen life set in 1970s Australia, Girl Asleep follows almost-15-year-old Greta as she finds herself in a new school and a new suburb, and must navigate the new surroundings and her inner turmoil. It’s a delightful testament to the exuberance of adolescence - but its engrossing and big-hearted oomph will please audiences of all ages.
Looking for an all-out bonkers trip of a film, stashed with endless amounts of French farce and slapstick humour? Welcome to Slack Bay, Bruno Dumont’s spellbinding foray into the grotesque, and meet the Van Peteghem, a well-to-do family whose summer on the French Riviera is threatened by local fishermen-turned-cannibals. Brace yourself for those belly laughs.
A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants. Exhilarating, pyrotechnic, and all-around delirious.
Uncompromising, cursed, and unforgettable: it took Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to finish his passion project, and the result is a lively, heart-rending excursion into an artist's dream world (as flamboyant and maddening as Don Quixote's own).
The Ten Commandments
Acclaimed for its “immense and stupendous” scenes, use of Technicolor process 2, and the majestic parting of the Red Sea sequence, The Ten Commandments turned out to be a box-office hit upon release. It is the first in DeMille’s biblical trilogy, followed by The King of Kings (1927) and The Sign of the Cross (1932), and would be turned into a remake 33 years later, with Charlton Heston as lead.
In a post-apocalyptic universe, two worlds exist. On the surface, a regime that isolates the individuals, while underground a whole city is condemned to crawl through tunnels. Yet the Mole who lives underground will climb up to fulfil his dreams.
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