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Night Films

BLACK SHEEP
EX DRUMMER 
EYE IN THE SKY / GUN CHUNG 
THE RESTLESS / JUNGCHEON
GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER! / KANTOKU BANZAI!
THE ORPHANAGE / EL ORFANATO
OUT OF THE BLUE / OUT OF THE BLUE
PAPRIKA
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO

BNFF late night – wild and crazy cinema for insomniacs
Let it be noted right off that BNFF’s late night films are not the pure horror or sci-fi/fantasy films that people often associate with night showings. Nor do Black Nights films aspire to the designation of Midnight Movies, which is a whole separate concept, but was the basis of an idea developed at many film festivals – to end a great day by putting on a relaxing late-night showing for the public. That’s the way it has been for years in Toronto, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary, and now this year’s BNFF can also stay up late.

Although Black Nights audiences have always had the opportunity to go see a flick in the later hours, the concept is more thought out and considered in this year’s programme. The programme of nine films offers the audience a zestful, thought-provoking and fairly crazy entertainment that is a fabulous way to put the final touch on a day at the festival.

Naturally this programme of late night films will make shivers run down spines and hands rub together with glee. Here is everything that one needs for contentment and a pleasant escape. The hordes of Asian film fans will be greeted with a whole squadron of Japanese heavy artillery, from the anime legend Satoshi Kon’s visually consummate “Paprika”, to “routine” Black Nights guests Takeshi Kitano and Takeshi Miike’s fresh new “Glory to the Filmmaker!” and “Sukiyaki Western Django”, which are only starting to make their rounds on the international festival scene. Also providing nervous stimulation from Asia is a stylish thriller by cult director Johnnie To’s long-time screenwriter Tau Nai Hoi – “Eye in the Sky” – and South Korea’s energetic exposition of martial arts, “The Restless”. There is plenty of exciting stuff from every part of the world. New Zealand, which has recently made a powerful appearance on the world film map, is represented with two pearls of films – a brilliant (ovine) zombie comedy called “Black Sheep” by Jonathan King, who has been called the new Peter Jackson, and Robert Sarkies’ “Out of the Blue” with its suspenseful atmosphere, based on a true story. As a curiosity completely unto itself, this year’s programme includes a debut effort from Belgium that is one of the films that has sparked the most discussion – “Ex Drummer”. It has been called the “Trainspotting” of the Low Countries, and is not especially recommended for the faint of heart. Another film with an atmosphere poised to strike fear into hearts is “The Orphanage”, nominated by Spain for an Oscar this year and produced by one of that country’s film giants, Guillermo del Toro. It should be to the liking of those who appreciate Del Toro’s and Alejandro Amenábar’s fairy tale (horror) films.

Wild and crazy black nights await. Enjoy!

Helmut Jänes
Programme coordinator













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