PIFFF 2019 - The Retro-Cult Screening

Posted on 31/10/19

Before the full programme of this 9th edition is announced, we are pleased to reveal the special selection of our “cult film” sessions!

Battle Royale - Kinji Fukasaku (Japan, 2000)

Forty schoolmates wake up on an island, where they are "welcomed" by one of their former teachers. They were chosen by the Japanese government for the so-called Battle Royale event, after which only one of them will survive. May the battle begin!

More fun than Fortnite, more gore than Hunger Games, more politically incorrect than a TV editorialist, experience the movie that killed the twentieth century.

The Bride with White Hair - Ronny Yu (Hong Kong, 1993)

Zhuo Yihang, a Wu-Tang clan warrior, falls in love on the battlefield. Obviously, the loved one belongs to the rival clan, led by a Siamese brother & sister. Will their passion survive betrayals and other twists of fate?

Showing the best of Ronny Yu’s Hong Kong career, this movie is a fantastic and sensual wuxia that requires to be seen in a movie theatre to better enjoy the quality of its splendid 4K restoration.

Friday the 13th - Sean S. Cunningham (USA, 1980)

In 1957, a young boy drowned in Crystal Lake. One year later, two counselors are brutally murdered while they were having sex.  Twenty years later. Despite all these hardly encouraging signs from a touristic perspective, Camp Lake Crystal is reopened...

It’s time for you to find out how the beginning of all these incredible stories...

Frailty - Bill Paxton (USA, 2001)

Fenton Meiks meets an FBI agent to tell him about his incredible family story. His father claimed to be personally appointed by God to rid the surface of the earth of human looking "demons", his two sons at his side to assist him in this dreadful task.

The first feature film by Bill Paxton as a director is a blast, though unjustly forgotten.

Theatre of Blood - Douglas Hickox (USA, 1973)

Members of a circle of theatre critics disappear one after the other in circumstances reminiscent of great Shakespearian classics. They are the target of Edward Lionheart, an actor swearing only by Sir William, determined to take revenge on these scribblers.

This cult movie fulfills the fantasy of all artists facing criticism… and reminds us how deeply gore the artworks of Sir William Shakespeare may be.

Close Encounters of the Third KindSteven Spielberg (USA, 1977)

Roy Neary's life changes dramatically when he observes what he believes is a UFO, one quiet night in Indiana. His obsession with the event affects his morale, his relationship with his family, and his trust in the authorities, who are on the verge of making a crucial discovery.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind introduce what will be known as the Spielberg style, all at once a blockbuster set in a disconcerting plausibility and a real auteur film.