Visitors of last year’s festival should remember the name Cory McAbee, thanks to his dark sci-fi film The American Astronaut. This time the festival will present his latest six-part sci-fi musical Stingray Sam, about a pan-galactic quest for freedom. In his most recent work, the talented American filmmaker and musician combines live action with photo montage, creating a world that combines modern technology with the atmosphere of old-time Westerns and musicals, all to the music of "The Billy Nayer Show", a band with a significant cult following. From Israel comes Phobidilia, a drama about a person in total physical isolation, an unexpected “intruder” and breaking through one’s own barriers. This is the first full-length film from brothers Doron and Yoav Paz, who already have a long list of music videos, advertisements and serials under their belts.
Director Joel Anderson’s feature-length debut Lake Mungo is a mysterious mockumentary about a missing girl and the profound grief of her surviving family. With his film Exam, Stuart Hazeldine won a nomination for the 2010 BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. The highly sought-after Hollywood screenwriter shot this suggestive psychological thriller about a group of people in the midst of a selection process for a high position. But what is a test and what is reality? The Late Night Show will feature yet another one-of-a-kind sci-fi film: Moon, winner of the 2009 BAFTA Film Award for best British independent film. It tells the story of an astronaut on a moon base who is forced to confront the unknown, but above all himself. Director Duncan Jones, the son of musician David Bowie, proves that a quality science-fiction film can even be shot on a low budget.
And what happens when you mix cops, gangsters and the undead? You’ll see in The Horde from directors Benjamin Rocher and Yannick Dahan, the first French zombie movie and winner of the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the Fantasporto fantasy film festival.
As the witching hour approaches, Art Film Fest will screen a total of eight films in a row, leaving audiences both shocked an entertained in equal measure. Photographs can be found at artfilmfest.sk in the Press section. The Art Film Fest International Film Festival Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín is made possible through the financial support of the Audiovisual Fund and the European Union Programme MEDIA. Organizers: ART FILM, n.o., Forza, a.s. Co-organizers: the Town of Trenčianske Teplice, the City of Trenčín, the Trenčianske Teplice Health Spa General Sponsors: Dôvera Medical Insurance, AquaCity Poprad Main Sponsors: Tatra banka, Slovnaft, Veolia Voda – Central Slovakian Waterworks, OHL ŽS, Alison Slovakia; Official Transport Provider: Lancia Logistics Sponsor: DHL; Free student cinepasses provided by: Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa (First Housing-Construction Savings Bank) Sponsor of the Slovak Season section: Zlatý Bažant; Sponsors: AVI Studio, Baske Guest House, Park Hotel na Baračke Official Suppliers: HUBERT J.E., Kláštorná, GS design, Philips Media Sponsors: Slovak Television, Markíza Television, FilmBox, CSTV, Central Europe Television, Rádio Europa 2, Rádio Hit FM, Pravda, .týždeň, Markíza, Pardon, Cinemax, Kam do mesta, zoznam.sk, Boomerang Media, SITA, euroAWK, superobed.sk