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The 11th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival is packed to the gills with outrageous cinema from all over the world, featuring several filmmaker retrospectives and movies screening in competition at several locations on Oct. 17-21.
The big guest of honor this year is the legendary John Waters, who will be attending the fest with several of his own classics, such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, as well as showing some of his favorite B-movie inspirations, such as William Girdler’s blaxploitation demonic possession flick Abby, Armando Bo’s Argentinian sexploitation Fuego, Robinson Devor’s controversial bestiality doc Zoo and more. Plus, Waters will perform his acclaimed “This Filthy World” one-man show.
Other Luff special guests include Christoph Schlingensief, the confrontational German filmmaker of 100 Years of Adolf Hitler, The German Chainsaw Massacre, The 120 Days of Bottrop and more; Richard Stanley, the South African genre filmmaker of the cult »
- Mike Everleth
Many were surprised when Spain selected the then-unheard of Catalan language film "Black Bread," over Pedro Almodóvar's insane thriller "The Skin I Live In," as their entry for this year's Oscars. But the film was a big critical success in its native land, winning 9 Goya Awards and sweeping the major categories, including Best Film (the first Catalan-language film to do so), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director for Agustí Villaronga. While many assumed the film was selected because it was more digestible than a movie centering on the vile obsessions of a plastic surgeon, that isn't the case. Though it does go down a bit easier, "Black Bread," centers on a young village boy caught in the middle of a dark family history. Not unlike a more grounded "Pan's Labyrinth," Villaronga's tale is set in the very fresh aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, following young Andreu. »
As the curtain falls on 2011, it’s that time again when we reflect on the past twelve months to deliver our selection of the very best films to arrive on screens over the past year. As with 2010 – which saw Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller Inception snatching victory from Pixar’s heart-warming sequel Toy Story 3 – the team here at Flickering Myth have put together individual lists of our favourites, which we’ve then used to compile an overall selection of our 'Top 10 Movies of 2011'. So, let the countdown begin…
Although it was released in North America last December, David O. Russell’s Best Picture nominee didn’t arrive here in the UK until February, allowing The Fighter to claim tenth place on our list. A biopic of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), The Fighter features Oscar-winning supporting turns from Melissa Leo as Ward’s mother, »
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