While the snow glistens in the sun around the lake of Gérardmer, the competition continues with “Creeping”, “Aniara” and “The Dark”. DR. Yesterday, the second day of the festival, three new films from the competition were presented to the public between sun rays and snow flakes. In the morning, Creeping, a wu xia pian Korean with zombies, and then, in the afternoon, the science-fiction film Swedish Aniara, award-winning Arches. Finally, in the evening, The Dark, a film haunted forest on a background of a drama teen, who was presented by its director Justin P. Lange . Out-of-competition, it was also found Beyond Blood, a documentary about the New Wave of horror cinema French. Creeping The Prince Ganglim, a son of the king to power, renowned for his mastery of the martial arts, returns to the Korean kingdom of Joseon after many years spent in captivity in the jails of the Manchus of the Qing dynasty. Struggles to get the power, maintained by the minister of War, will appear soon in the royal palace as an epidemic turning humans into undead wandering in the night… Splendid Film Creepy, directed by the Korean Kim Seong-Hoon, who had met with a frank success in 2017 in South Korea with his previous feature film Confidential Assignment, is a subject hybrid. Movie costumes, half-way between the wu xia pian – martial arts movie – and the zombie film, it has the merit of being original. If it drags sometimes in length and sinks sometimes into the intricacies of the intrigues of the court a little complex, it offers a few action scenes entertaining and a lot of blood and eyes bugging out. For the moment, it still has no release date. Aniara After you have finished use of the Land, what remains of the human population launches several vessels in the space for transporting colonists to their new home : Mars. One of these vessels is called Aniara. The contraption, which resembles a huge shopping mall, offers all the services necessary to satisfy a company deeply consumerist and destructive. Everything seems to go well until an accident does deviate from its trajectory. DR Adapted from a poem of science fiction, by Harry Martinson, winner of the Nobel prize, Aniara, directed by a duo of filmmakers, Swedish, Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, chock-full of great ideas. However, if the fable ecological and the existential drama of interest and persuade often, the movie suffers from the pace and barely take us quite. There is no release date in France for the moment. The Dark A dead girl-living haunts the woods where she was murdered years before. The day when she discovers a boy being mistreated in the trunk of a car, his decision to save him will change their lives. Both have suffered terrible abuse, and bring each other comfort. The light will finally appear at the end of the tunnel, but the dead bodies are likely to accumulate on the way… Strong of an opening sequence effective and creepy desire, The Dark places in scene two lost souls, two teenagers bearing the stigma of abuse innomables, which will rely on one another to survive and hope it can be rebuild. If his tempo is unfortunately uneven, the film is stylishly directed and its two characters are touching. For the moment, it is still unclear whether we will be able to see it in a theater. Beyond Blood Between 2003 and 2008, a series of horror films French, such as High tension, Alexandre Aja, inside by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Frontier(s) Xavier Gens or Martyrs Pascal Laugier, caused a sensation in international film festivals and has fascinated both the public and professionals around the world. This documentary gives the floor to these young directors responsible for this new wave of horror in French and explores the origins and hidden meaning of this movement. The Factory Film inside (2007), It is fascinating to take the measure of the impact of this New Wave of horror cinema French abroad, through the eyes of a japanese director and actors japanese, north american, or Spanish, filmmakers, festival programmers and journalists. This New Wave hardliner and uncompromising, born in France in the early 2000s with High-voltage, continued throughout that decade and its films, the most emblematic are certainly Inside and Martyrs. In France, it has passed almost unnoticed, we can consider that outside of a small circle of film buffs, lovers of genre cinema, it does not exist. If the documentary, which opens many doors, still without the explorer, often lack the required depth and in the analysis, it highlights how these films are important even today in the history of the genre and how the French public, which was rejected en bloc at the time, remains an enigma. Exciting. It is a question that we were talking about at the end of the festival of Gérardmer in the last year within a folder feuilletonnant devoted to the state of horror cinema in France and that you can find here in its entirety. And don’t forget to keep an eye open on the news of the festival : it is always by here !
Gérardmer 2019 – Day 2 : zombies Korean costumes, SF Swedish, haunted forest and New Wave of horror
April 16, 2019