In Strasbourg, the European Fantastic Film Festival crowns The Innocents by Eskil Vogt


The closing ceremony of this fourteenth edition was held on Saturday. But spectators will be delighted to be able to (re) discover some of the films shown, during a final day dedicated to “replays”.

Summer still lulls the inhabitants of Strasbourg, some of whom throng to the entrances of the Saint-Exupéry, UGC, Star and Vox cinemas. After the prizes were awarded last night, Saturday September 18, the European Fantastic Film Festival closes with a final day of screening dedicated to “replays” for moviegoers who lacked time during the ten days that lasted. the demonstration. Like every year, this one is placed under the sign of horror. The opportunity to rediscover old classics of the genre, but above all to probe the gore and thrill of the cinema industry.

For the most determined, this final day will allow you to see some of the films crowned during the closing ceremony, but also other nuggets that are worth seeing. Coming Home in the Dark, for example, directed by New Zealander James Ashcroft, will plunge the viewer into a murderous and psychological journey, where the roles of victim and executioner merge. This survival surprises with its scenario while knowing how to respect the codes of the genre, with a typical and particularly cruel “villain”.

The Innocents distinct

In all, 65 films were screened, a large part of which competed in different categories. Something to satisfy a diverse audience. The international competition was won by Tea Innocent, directed by the Norwegian Eskil Vogt – already crowned in Cannes in the section Un certain regard – which stages the violence and cruelty of children endowed with supernatural powers. The public’s prize was also addressed to him.

In the Crossovers category, John and the Hole, a psychological thriller and coming of age metaphor, was honored. The feature film directed by Pascual Sisto was also part of the official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and received the Revelation prize at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2021. Junk Head Japanese director Takahide Hori was crowned in the animation category.

Punctuated by retrospectives, masterclasses and “disastrous attractions”, the fourteenth edition of the festival had in particular honored the Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia. Concerts were held at the Village, a meeting place between filmmakers and spectators located on Place Saint-Thomas, where hypnosis sessions, parades with choreographies borrowed from the circus arts, or even exhibitions followed one another. For the more mystical, a clairvoyant was also present, with gifts, it seems, almost psychic.

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