Friday, March 12, 2010

Wishing I was in Belgium, Part One (Offscreen Film Festival)

From Belgium, courtesy of Cult Reviews and our good, dear friend and fellow film freak Gert Verbeeck, comes this report about the Offscreen Film Festival!

A year has come and gone and Offscreen Film Festival is ready to kick off the third edition of their annual festivities. From the 4th of March to the 21st, this year’s program will again take you on a voyage across extravagant cinematographic landscapes. A trip down Japanese, European & Italian genre cinema from past days as well as an introduction to some freshly released films from today’s world cinema.

“Film fans with a taste for the unconventional and the unusual, rejoice!”

In this news flash you’ll find the trailer of this year’s edition, a blurb from Offscreen’s website explaining briefly what all you can expect and to get your cinephilic juices flowing, we’ve compiled a photo gallery with some poster art & movie stills all related to the films on Offscreen’s 2010 program.

Images often say more than words, so we’ll leave it at that. Now proceed and go click on some things below… and be amazed!

From Offscreen’s website:

“The program for the 3rd Offscreen Film Festival is an excellent vintage this year. In addition to our selection of exclusive first (off) screenings, this year we’ll focus on the Spaghetti Western, featuring 15 classics… some of them with introductions by the connoisseur, aficionado, and cult director Alex Cox. We’ll also be screening 8 “Pink & Violent” films, exceptional Japanese exploitation movies from the ’70s. Plus, we’ll show some films by the European exploitation master, Spanish Z-movie icon Jess Franco, who will visit the festival together with his fetish actress Lina Romay. Also joining us will be Bruce Bickford, a reclusive genius and creator of freaky animated films, and electro musician Felix Kubin, who will curate a special “Neue Deutsche Welle” night. Not to mention lots of “off” screen activities such as a lectures, Q&A sessions, and DJ sets. Cinema Nova – transformed for the occasion into a dusty Western landscape with some Eastern touches – is the festival’s central venue. Add the Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits, and for three weeks, the festival will occupy the cultural heart of Brussels.”

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