It's my great pleasure to inform you that I'll be curating the Carte Blanche film strand at the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival later this month. I will be screening and introducing the following five films:
A Virgin Among the Living Dead
Jess Franco, 1971
(35mm print: “Une vierge chez les morts-vivants” - French language)
18 October 14:3020 October 20:30
Joseph Despins & William Dumaresq, 1971
(16mm print - English language)
19 October 14:30
22 October 18:15
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Lucio Fulci, 1971
(35mm print: “La venin de la peur” - French language)
19 October 18:15
Jess Franco, 1975
(35mm print: “Shining Sex - la fille au sexe brillant” - French language)
21 October 22:30
22 October 14:30
Death Bed - The Bed That Eats
George Barry, 1977
(screened from Digi-Beta Master - English language)
20 October 14:30
23 October 18:30
The Festival begins on the 15th October with a concert by the always stunning Diamanda Galas. I'll be in attendance from the 18th until the 23rd to introduce the screenings.
I'm particularly excited to say that four out of the five films are being screened from film prints. Although digital projection has come on amazingly in the last three years, I'm old enough and sentimental enough to find celluloid that little bit more romantic!
Among the guests is Daniel Lesoeur, the man behind French independent film company Eurociné. Together with his father Marius, Daniel Lesoeur has financed many of the films of Jess Franco, including some of his most astonishing and outrageous work. It's my great pleasure to screen two Eurociné titles at the festival.
In addition I'm honoured to be taking part as one of the judges for the Festival's competition strand, along with French filmmaker and producer Fabrice Lambot and Japanese Curator & programmer Koyo Yamashita. I'll be posting a Festival Report on my return, so look out for that.
The Festival website has lots more information, and also features essays written by me on each of the films I'll be screening: Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Duffer, Virgin Among the Living Dead, Shining Sex, Death Bed. Please note that the essays have been translated into French on the Festival website; I will he posting the English-language versions here after the Festival.