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Stoker, Byzantium bookend Neuchatel

Swiss festival Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (July 5-13) will open with Park Chan wook’s Stoker and close with Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.

The growing genre festival’s competition line-up includes Adam Wingard’s You’re Next; The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Renny Harlin; Vincenzo Natali’s new film Haunter; Kiss of the Damned, an erotic thriller by Xan Cassavetes - one of two women directors in the competition and the daughter of John Cassavetes; and Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are.

Other festival strands include New Cinema from Asia, including new films from Hideo Nakata, Ryoo Seung-wan and Johnnie To; Swiss Short Films Competition; Films of the Third Kind; and Ultra Movies, including Takashi Miike’s urban western Shield of Straw and comedy A Liar’s Autobiography; and new doc strand Histoires du Genre.

The festival will host a number of masterclasses on the subjects of music and scoring as well as a tribute to Larry Cohen. 

The festival will host 136 public screenings, 80 features and 17 shorts films from 37 countries.

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