10th edition of Cinénygma opens with Daoust’s The Room
Starring Pascal Duquenne, Caroline Veyt and Philippe Résimont, the film tells the story of a derailed family that is locked inside their own home when a door full of mysterious signs suddenly appears in one of the corridors.
Cinénygma is part of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation and as such has its own Méliès d’Argent competition for best fantastical film from Europe, with the winner competing in the yearly standoff of Méliès d’Argent winners from around the continent for the Méliès d’Or.
The festival’s Méliès competition includes the opening film The Room; Swedish vampire film Frostbite [+see also:
film profile] by Anders Banke; water-fasting horror tale Hate 2 0 by Italian director Alex Infascelli; Spanish title The Absent [+see also:
film profile] by Daniel Calparsoro; Luxembourg/UK psychological thriller In a Dark Place by Donato Rotunno; supernatural cursed mansion yarn Bad Blood [+see also:
film profile] by Portuguese directing duo Tiago Guedes and Frederico Carvalho; British horror thriller Broken by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes; and the German title Grimm Love, the true story of a German cannibal that has been barred from screening in Germany because of privacy concerns over the man portrayed. The latter film stars Thomas Kretschmann as the cannibal from Rothenburg and was directed by Martin Weisz.
The Méliès d’Argent jury is presided over by local producer Jean-Claude Schlim and includes Luxembourg director Pol Cruchten (Perl oder Pica/Small Secrets) and local film writers Claude François and Paul Lesch. Last year’s Méliès d’Argent winner from Luxembourg was the Norwegian horror film Next Door, a story with Lynchian and Polanskian overtones about a man who gets trapped in the apartment of his two dangerously sexy neighbours. Directed by Pål Sletaune, it eventually won a special mention in the 2005-2006 Méliès d’Or race, right behind winner Adam’s Apples [+see also:
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
interview: Mads Mikkelsen
interview: Tivi Magnusson
film profile] (see focus) by Anders Thomas Jensen.
Further anticipated titles on the programme in Luxembourg this week include several American horror films, a preview screening of the Guillaume Nicloux adaptation , The Stone Council [+see also:
film profile] , with Monica Bellucci, Catherine Deneuve and Moritz Bleibtreu; the French horror thriller They by David Moreau and Xavier Palud; and the Swedish psychological thriller Storm [+see also:
film profile] by Mårlind & Stein.
The festival runs through October 28, when it will award both its Méliès d’Argent for Best European Film and its Grand Prix Cinénygma for Best International Film before a screening of the closing film Children of Men, the new dystopian thriller from Alfonso Cuarón.
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