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

The Innocents depicts children discovering supernatural powers. One of them, however, decides to make cruel use of it. Youtube screenshot – Cine maldito

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 screened, during a final day dedicated to “replays”.

Summer still rocks Strasbourg residents, some of whom flock to the entrances to Saint-Exupéry, UGC, Star and Vox cinemas. After the prizes were awarded last night, Saturday September 18, the European Fantasy Film Festival closes with a last day of screening dedicated to “replays” for film lovers who lacked time during the ten days that the event lasted. 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 cinema industry.

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

Despite the restrictions linked to the pandemic and although the attendance rate has dropped by around 20%, Daniel Cohen, the director of the festival, was pleased that some 12,000 people went to the cinemas. Throughout the duration of the event, around 20,000 onlookers strolled between the various events and workshops organized for the occasion. “The public has really responded, at a time when people are deserting cinemas. We only lowered the sails a little on the side events to refocus on our indoor activities.he explained to Figaro.

The Innocents distinct

In all, 65 films were screened, many of which competed in different categories. Enough to satisfy a heterogeneous public. The international competition was won by Teainnocent, directed by the Norwegian Eskil Vogt – already crowned in Cannes in the Un certain regard section – which depicts the violence and cruelty of children endowed with supernatural powers. The public prize was also sent to him.

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

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

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