From January 16 to 25, the Black Movie Festival returns to Geneva with a focus on the human body and its misadventures, including films from South Korea, Russia, China, Brazil, Ukraine and Japan as well as an animation strand. Geneva’s pioneering independent film festival will present 112 films, including 51 Swiss premieres and 12 European premieres, with as its guest of honour acclaimed chronicler of disaffected China Wang Bing.
The selection includes the new films by Hong Sang-soo, Hill of Freedom, Takashi Miike, Over Your Dead Body, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s Fires on the Plain as well as Tetsua Nakashima’s visceral drama The World of Kanako, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s unique sign-language Ukrainian drama The Tribe, Kim Seong-hoon’s Hard Day and Aleksei German’s hallucinatory SF tale Hard To Be a God.
The Art Theatre Guild, the Japanese 60s underground production studio, is the subject of an exhibition of 40 film posters, which will be accompanied by screenings of Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses, Akio Jissoji’s This Passing Life and Susumu Hani’s Nanami: The Inferno of First Love.
‘Microbe: The Little Black Movie’ will showcase the best of international animation through 56 children’s films, with a focus on Brazil.
Other events include the Kino Kabaret, a three-day creative laboratory for artists and technicians, while artist Cetuss will decorate three spaces in homage to Twin Peaks, with the Grütli cinema playing host to the Black Lodge and the Great Northern Hotel.
To find out more about the programme please visit the Black Movie Festival website.