Geneva’s Black Movie Film Festival Features Over 100 International Films

Noriko's Dinner Table

A still from the movie Noriko’s Dinner Table


From 22 January to 31 January four Geneva locations: Grütli, Spoutnik, Cinélux and Alhambra will be home to the independent film festival, Black Movie, set to screen independent films from around the world.


79 of those films will be Swiss premieres, introducing film lovers to a diverse selection of genres. 48 of those films will be animated, so children are certainly welcome, not to say that adults can’t equally enjoy a memorable animation.


Dozens of nationalities and an extremely heterogenous range of genres make up Black Movie 2016.

Some key highlights are the 100% Romanian section in collaboration with Grütli movie theaters and the Romanian Cinema in Geneva which will feature a mini-retrospective of respected filmmaker, Lucian Pintilie (Le Chêne, Terminus Paradis, Niki et Flo). The Romanian section will also screen five contemporary films from younger filmmakers.


The work of director Ousmane Sembene, travels us to Senegal with his film Black Girl the first film ever made by a director from Sub-Saharan Africa, the 50% Carte Blanche, 50% Carte Noir portion of the festival in collaboration with Ciné Guimbi will also screen a documentary of his work by biographer, Samba Gadigo.


We travel back north to Japan with film director Sion Sono (Noriko’s Dinner Table). Six of his films will be screened, three of them for the first time in Switzerland.


Black Movie also partnered up with the Rotterdam International Film Festival to so audiences will be able to view the Swiss
premiere of the film The Garbage Helicopter (Jonas Selberg Augustsén) being screened simultaneously in over 40
European movie theaters and a virtual Q&A will follow the screening in direct liaison with the film crew physically present in
Rotterdam, according to the festival’s press release.
More in discussion: two conferences and a round table will tackle the festival’s major film themes. As for the less intellectual aspect of the 10 day event, partner venues: Cercle des Bains, La Gravière and the Ecurie will host after parties.


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