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Jeremy Saunier's 'Green Room' Wins at Neuchatel

Magazine article Screen International

Jeremy Saunier's 'Green Room' Wins at Neuchatel

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The all-woman jury at the 15th NIFFF's (Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival) has awarded the festival's main prize, the H.R. Giger "Narcisse" award for best picture, to Jeremy Saunier's Green Room.

The jury led by Zoe Bell (Death Proof) called Saunier's film "an unstoppable and irresistibly dark coming-of-age survival, and a punk rock killer machine of a story".

With the Narcisse award, Saunier also wins a cash prize of 10,000 Swiss francs (approx $10,650) from the city of Neuchâtel.

Another of the festival's main awards, the Méliès d'argent for best European feature, went to Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chickens.

Meanwhile, NIFFF's international critics' award went to Karyn Kusama's The Invitation.

The fast-growing film festival, which has a budget of euro1.7m and is now one of the major movie events in Switzerland, reported more than 35,000 tickets sold this year.

CHRIS CARTER OPENS X-FILES

Special guests included X-Files creator Chris Carter, who came to Switzerland mid-way through the shooting of the new X-Files series, due to be broadcast early next year.

Carter confirmed that further episodes of The X-Files are likely to be made if the new series is successful.

At this stage, however, he has no immediate plans to make further feature films after The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008), although he hasn't "ruled out" the mystery series returning to the big screen.

"We made two different movies, what I would call a big Hollywood movie the first time out, even though its budget was meagre by current feature standards, and the second time out we made something very small," Carter told ScreenDaily.

"I learned a lot in that experience about what the big screen demands and what the big screen audience now demands of a feature.

"If I were to do it again, I would go about it a way anyone who had my experience would go about it. You would want to make the bigger movie."

Carter described I Want To Believe as the equivalent of a feature film version of a standalone episode of the series.

"It wasn't a big canvas story," he said. "It requires a big canvas story on the big screen."

SION SONO

Another prominent guest at NIFFF, Japanese director Sion Sono, revealed further details of his next feature, Whispering Star.

The film has been partly shot in the "no man's land" restricted area around Fukushima, site of the huge nuclear accident in 2011. …

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