Strasbourg: 15 years of fantastic films with the FEFFS

Nosferatu will be honored for its centenary, during this 15th edition of FEFFS

The European Fantastic Film Festival (FEFFS) is back in Strasbourg from September 23 to October 2! An anniversary edition since the festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Interview with Daniel Cohen, the artistic director of the festival.

This is an unmissable event for film buffs, a must-visit for lovers of horror films and fantasy films: the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (FEFFS). The program is rich in screenings, meetings, retrospectives, film competitions and events outside cinemas, such as masterclasses. The FEFFS will take place in different places in Strasbourg, as explained by Daniel Cohen, the artistic director of the festival.

In the cinematographic programming, there are new productions, therefore preview films, unreleased and classic films, retrospective films. Various events in the public domain, a festival village, open-air cinema, a section dedicated to digital… That’s what FEFFS is, it’s 10 days of celebration in Strasbourg…. We put the city to fire and blood cinematographically.

Daniel Cohen, Artistic Director of FEFFS / Top Music – CC

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This 2022 edition marks the 15th anniversary of the festival. It’s not only the birthday of FEFFS, but also that of an illustrious movie vampire: this year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nosferatu, of Murnau. A special evening will be dedicated to him on September 21, a kind of preview of the festival: a ciné-mix at the Phare Citadelle.

To mark the occasion, we decided to do a somewhat exceptional event: a film-concert, a film-mix more precisely […] not in a cinema, but in an unusual place, at the Phare Citadelle. We will show this silent film with three musicians: a synth, a sax and a musician who makes old instruments…. It promises to be a bit of a Berlin atmosphere…

The disturbing silhouette of Nosferatu…/ @FEFFS

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But then, how does this film has he had so much importance in the fantastic cinema, and the cinema in general? Response from Daniel Cohen:

Vampires, werewolves, mummies, the Frankenstein myth… They were still great classics of literature and so Murnau’s film had a huge impact on production in Hollywood, since there were quite a few German, Jewish-German directors who fled Nazism and went to settle in the United States… So they developed their know-how. This somewhat distorted aesthetic found its way into the first adaptations of Dracula from 1931. by Tod Browning and all the other films that may have followed in this collection of monster films from Universal.

Daniel Cohen, artistic director of FEFFS

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If, like me, you are not a great genre film specialist and you don’t really know where to turn with the many films in the program from FEFFS, here are some must-have tipsby Daniel Cohen:

Nosferatu, don’t miss this cine-mix on September 21… For the retrospectives, Christophe Gans’ masterclass followed by pact of wolves in restored version and then obviously The City of Lost Children, in the presence of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Also not to be missed, an event is the outdoor screening of Flash GordonPlace du Château, at the foot of the cathedral.

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Do you already know these classics? Here are some ideas for sessions to go see, films in a more offbeat tone

I would advise Our ceremonies, it is a French film. It’s the rivalry between two brothers… The film uses the fantastic in a very skilful way… And then Unicorn Warsit’s a completely delirious Spanish film: kinds of little bears that look like care bears are waging war on unicorns… It’s Greek tragedy, there’s fratricide but all in colors, animations and with mythological characters… Then there are the midnight screenings which are very popular with festival fans… A film called fall and there it is two girlfriends who challenge themselves to climb a radio tower in the desert.

Daniel Cohen, artistic director of FEFFS

Dozens of films are to be discovered from September 23 to October 2 at the European Fantastic Film Festival!

Strasbourg: 15 years of fantastic films with the FEFFS