Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Welcomes 2013 Finalists Today
The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the final films to be screened at its first international event which will honor one of the most respected writers within the literary world. The three-day experience will mark the first of many worldwide gatherings in the beautiful and historic Lille, France this weekend, October 25-27, 2013 at the famous L'Hybride Cinema venue. The films which are adapted or inspired from the works of Philip K. Dick will entertain and enthrall the innumerable fans who have continued to honor his enduring legacy within the genre of science fiction.
The finalists to complete the festival's schedule are thrilling stories from filmmakers all over the world including Migdia Chinea's Anonymous (Street Meat) (2010, USA), Natalie Berning's Breathe (2012, France/USA), Jose Manuel Meneses' Defeated (2012, Spain), Mario de la Corte's Hambre (2012, Spain), Rafael Mathe?'s Hello World (2013, France), Tiyam Yabandeh Jahroumi's Impression-xps160 (2013, Iran), Yann Sinic's La Cite? du Soleil (2013, France), Olivier Perrier's L'e?chappe?e (2013, France), Fabien Montagner's Le Passage (2011, France), Tobias Schmuecking's Nach Einem Traum (2013, Germany) and Kieran Dick's No Relation (2011, Canada).
The festival will launch with the previously announced and highly anticipated screening of Radio Free Albemuth (2010) on Friday, October 25. Written and directed by John Alan Simon the award-winning film adaptation of Dick's final novel stars Jonathan Scarfe ("Perception"), Shea Whigham ("Boardwalk Empire"), Katheryn Winnick ("Bones") and Grammy Award-winning singer Alanis Morissette. A Q&A session with Simon is also scheduled to follow. The evening will continue its science fiction theme with shorts including Michel Goossens' Exit (2013, Spain/Netherlands), Evander Reeves' L'Esplanade (2012, France/USA), Greg Tosolini's Singularity (2013, France) and Jonathan Rio's Meddlers (2011, France) which was adapted from Dick's short story. The following night on Saturday, October 26 takes on a horror supernatural theme with Thanatomorphose (2012, Canada). Written and directed by E?ric Falardeau the film stars E?mile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri and Roch-Denis Gagnon. On Sunday, October 27 the event concludes with sci-fi shorts including Helmut Dosantos' Dissent (2011, France/Italy/Mexico/USA), Sacha Feiner's Un Monde Meilleur (2013, Belgium) and Keaton Smith's Years In Bardo (2012, USA).
The festival will screen all films with French subtitles and is currently accepting submissions into late September in science fiction and horror features and shorts. Admission at L'Hybride Cinema is currently by membership only and by purchasing tickets with five euros for one month or 30 euros for one year of the program. If not part of membership visitors can pay five euros on the first day of the festival to attend the three-day event and receive a pass for the next 30 days of subsequent venue events. Doors open at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.
As further details become available including further scheduling times the festival anticipates a successful event in its first global outing. The first New York City festival saw record crowds of over 1,000 participants for the exclusive screening of Radio Free Albemuth which was based on Dick's 1985 novel posthumously published three years after his death. The weekend-long festival also held numerous film screenings and panels with Simon, esteemed professors Ronald Mallet and Enrique Ricardo Miranda, distinguished writers Angela Posada-Swafford, Walter Mosley and Dennis Paoli and science fiction experts Richard Dolan and Peter Robbins. The team behind the annual festivities will also pioneer its second annual Brooklyn event in December 2013 for a record five-day gathering and a Spring 2014 cyberpunk festival in Tokyo.