No less than 557 films, from short to long, means there are tricky choices to be made at IFFR 2018. Which is why we asked a few well-known faces to watch a film for us. Every day in the run-up to the festival, we will publish a new tip by one of these familiar faces to help you find your way. Today: Christina Curry. If you don’t know her as the ‘daughter of’ (Patricia Paay and Adam Curry), then maybe from Instagram, where she has more than 36,000 followers. VICE made the documentary Christina Curry IRL about her. She took part in the Dutch television programme Op zoek naar God, she was the face of OUTTV and provides ‘Sad Girl Support’ in her advice column on Broadly.nl. This creative multi-talent chose as her film tip La nuit a dévoré le monde (Dominique Rocher, 2017).
“I’m really super excited that it’s almost IFFR time! I’ve been involved with the festival for four years now: since I had just come back to the Netherlands and was working for a small TV station. I was sent to the festival as an inexperienced, super nervous and autistic 23-year-old to interview people. I had to watch a French gay film with lots and lots of cocks and then interview the lead actor. I never felt so awkward ha ha, but it was really funny.”
La nuit a dévoré le mondeDominique Rocher IFFR 2018 94′
Zombies have taken over the streets. The sole survivor, Sam, hides out in a big townhouse full of food and survival tools. Enough to keep himself alive – but the silence and solitude start to get to him. A nice creative twist on a well-known story: Cast Away in a blood-spattered Paris.
“I really love horror films, fantasy, melancholy or quirky love stories, and all anime. I have noticed that French and Japanese films appeal to me the most. Have you ever seen a Japanese horror film? You will never be the same again…” (the interviewer nods in agreement).
“I chose La nuit a dévoré le monde purely because of the zombie genre and the French makers. I love a good zombie film, but usually I have a few preconceptions about films in this genre: lots of violence, a great overkill of gore and often an unrealistic survival story with the main character(s). La nuit a dévoré le monde was a very pleasant surprise! This is the first zombie film I’ve seen in ages that doesn’t totally lean on overdone gore and bloodthirstiness. It does use the typical 28 Days Later wake-up-in-an-apocalyptic-situation formula, but with – in my opinion – French class and a refreshing lack of dialogue. I’ve never seen such a quiet zombie film before. At first I found that strange, but as the main character is holed up in a house all alone without any other survivors, it’s actually much more realistic. The quiet, combined with the main character’s activities; it felt totally convincing. You are stuck in a house in the middle of Paris, all your friends are dead and there are dozens of zombies outside… what do you do? Make music with household objects of course – duh!”
“I also found the zombies themselves refreshing: classic flesh-eaters, but with the focus more on their strange movements than on the murder scenes. A lot is left for the viewer to fill in. The relationship between the main character and an old zombie man (who is stuck on the stairwell) also means the film has some emotional impact and humour. Isolation and a post-apocalyptic world can do strange things to you. What makes the difference is what you do in that situation and how strong your urge to take your chances and survive is. I really recommend this film to all IFFR visitors, whether you’re a zombie fan or not!”
Photo in header: Photo: Christina Curry | Interview: Sarah Famke Oortgijsen