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Succeeding Philippe Nahon in 2010, Dominique Pinon in 2011, Silvia Collatina in 2012, Caroline Munro in 2013, René Manzor in 2014, Brian Yuzna in 2015, Jack sholder in 2016, Sergio Martino in 2017, the President of the Jury of the 9th edition of the International Fantastic Film Festival is …

JURY PRESIDENT

Marcus NISPEL, Director

MARCUS NISPEL

Originally from Germany, Marcus Nispel moves to the USA thanks to a scholarship. Having first directed commercials for a few years, he then directs music videos for which he acquires a remarkable popularity for directing Janet Jackson, Elton John, Lil’ Kim, Aretha Franklin, Cher and Mylène Farmer.

The recipient of four MTV Music Awards and two Billboard Awards, his work is now part of the permanent collection of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art.

In 2003, Michael Bay (“Transformers”) produces his remake of Chainsaw Massacre. Effective and gory, the movie will be followed by Frankenstein, this time a film made for TV, from Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Nispel later specialises in reboots: “Pathfinder” in 2007, “Friday the 13th” in 2009 and Conan in 2011 (“Aquaman” Jason Momoa replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger). His last full-length movie, Project 666, is a story about a demonic possession, by Blumhouse Productions (“Get Out”, “Insidous”).

Text : Matthieu REHDE

Translation : Guillaume LECOEUR

Picture Marcus Nispel : Massimo MASINI

JURY MEMBERS

JEFF LIEBERMAN, Director

JEFF LIEBERMAN

Born in Brooklyn, Jeff Lieberman graduates from the School of Visual Arts in New York and co-writes, in 1973, the thriller Blade, with Ernest Pintoff (Hawaii Five-O).

In the wake of Jaws’ huge success in 1975, numerous movies featuring killer animals hit the big screens; from the giant rats in The Food of the Gods to the spiders in Kingdom of the Spiders, throwing bees in the mix with The Savage Bees. Lieberman then remembers that, as a kid, his brother taught him how to attract earthworms using a simple electrical impulse. Stemming from this distant memory, the scenario of Squirm is born in 1976, his first feature film produced in just a little more than 20 days in Port Wenworth, Georgia, in which thousands of carnivorous worms invade a small quiet town after they’ve been attracted to the surface by the unfortunate fall of high-voltage lines. This likeable B movie profits from the presence of multiple Oscar winner Rick Baker on make-up and 250 000 real invertebrates actually getting led towards the film set to achieve the unforgettable attack scenes.

On the same year, he directs Blue Sunshine, about a fictional LSD drug, which drives users to commit murders decades after consuming the dangerous chemical.

It is followed by the slasher movie Just Before Dawn, the natural scenery of Oregon giving a realistic setting to this story of hikers hunted by a crazed killer, in which Gregg Henry (Body Double) and George Kennedy (The Dirty Dozen) are exchanging lines.

The New Yorker then decides to diversify his projects. Co-director with Marvin J. Chomsky (Holocauste) on the TV movie Doctor Franken (in which a surgeon played by Robert “Bullitt” Vaughn regenerates an unidentified body using parts from different corpses), he’s alternating this with documentaries (But… Seriously?, Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion), screenwriting (The NeverEnding Story III) and producing (Clark Gable : Tall, Dark and Handsome), while also trying out horror comedy with Remote Control, in which Kevin “The Blob” Dillon tries to stop an alien with an unlikely goal: taking over earth with a video tape!

His most recent feature film, Satan’s Little Helper, comes out in 2004, in which Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) embodies a young student whose little brother thinks he’s meeting the devil on Halloween – who is in reality a mute and costumed serial killer.

Lately, Jeff Lieberman made its mark with the TV serie ‘Til Death Do Us Part, each episode, on the theme of marriage, ending with one of the spouses’ death.

Text : Matthieu REHDE
Translation : Marianne LACHANCE

 

FRED WILLIAMSON, Actor

FRED WILLIAMSON

Fred Williamson, nicknamed “The Hammer”, was born in 1938 and graduated from the Northwestern University with a degree in Architectural Engineering, where he also played football. From there, he started his career as a professional American football player during the 1960s. After playing for 8 seasons, he left this path and moved to Hollywood to become an actor.
Williamson’s early acting experience on tv includes a role in the 1969 Star Trek episode “The Cloud Minders” and one on the sitcom Julia, alongside Diahann Carroll. On the big screen, he starred in Robert Altman’s movie M*A*S*H as “Spearchucker Jones” and in Otto Preminger’s Tell me you love me, Junie Moon.

In 1973, he became the first black man to pose for Playgirl magazine’s centerfold and later portrayed an African-American mafioso in the movie Black Caesar, followed by its sequel, Hell Up in Harlem.

In the middle of the 1970’s, he relocated to Rome, Italy, where he started his own company Po’ Boy Productions. Playing the title role while also producing Boss Nigger, Williamson then appeared in several movies considered to be part of the “blaxploitation” genre. In 1978, he got a part in the original The Inglorious Bastards, which would later inspire Tarantino’s movie of similar name. After being a spokesman for King Cobra and making an appearance on a Snoop Doggy Doggs’ music video, he fought creatures of the night and turned into a vampire, co-starring with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in From Dusk till Dawn by Robert Rodriguez.
More recently, Fred Williamson took part in the smash hit Starsky and Hutch (starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and later in the patriotic feature Last Ounce of Courage.

A proud national spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, Fred now resides with his wife in Palm Springs, California, enjoying golf and great cigars.

Text: Marianne Lachance

 

PASCAL LAUGIER, Director

PASCAL LAUGIER

Starting his career in 1993 with the short-film “Tête de Citrouille”, Pascal Laugier got noticed by Christophe Gans because of his second project, “4ième Sous Sol”. The director of “Crying Freeman” then gives him the opportunity to direct the making-of for “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and he is quickly praised for his skills. Three years later, Laugier takes on the longer format with “House of Voices”, the mysterious story of a haunted orphanage in which Virginie Ledoyen and Lou Doillon play together, under the umbrella of the scream queen Catriona MacColl (“The Beyond”). The Franco-Canadian co-production, from which an American remake emerged in 2015, “Martyrs”, equally traumatizing and unforgettable, follows his first attempt. His next two realizations are also partially funded by Canada: “The Tall Man” with Jessica Biel (at the height of her popularity, she appears in “Total Recall” and “Hitchcock” on the same year), as well as “Black Widow”, an episode of the TV serie “XIII” based on the graphic novels of the same name by Van Hamme and Vance. In 2015, he achieves the music video “City of Love” for Mylène Farmer, filled with imagery inspired by classics of the fantasy genre like “The Birds” and “Psycho”. The partnership between the singer and Pascal Augier follows up with “Ghostland”, completed in 2017 and soon to be released.

 

Texte: Matthieu REHDE

Translation: Marianne LACHANCE

 

ROBERT KURTZMAN, Make artist, special effects supervisor, director and producer of American movies

ROBERT KURTZMAN

Born in Ohio, Robert Kurtzman’s passion for makeup makes him decide to move to Los Angeles at only nineteen years old.

Quickly hired by Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, he learns all about this profession with the veteran John Carl Buechler (« Re-Animator »). He goes on to work on « Extra Sangsues », « Freddy 3 », « Predator », « Evil Dead 2 », « Phantasm 2 », and « The Hidden » movies.

 

In 1988, he joins Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger to found KNB EFX Group, a company which specializes in makeup and prosthetics. They quickly become number one on the market, by working on memorable movies such as « Misery », « Tremors », « Le Sous-sol de la Peur », « Evil Dead 3 », « Jason va en Enfer », « L’Antre de la Folie », « Scream », « Boogie Nights », « The Faculty », « Vanilla Sky », « Spy Kids », « Evolution », « Austin Powers 3 », « Hostel » and « Bubba Ho-tep ». Their company receives a Saturn Award for « Vampires » and an Emmy award for the « Dune » series. Kurtzman leaves KNB in 2002 to found Creature Corps, his current company. Under this new banner, he continues to leave his mark with famous movies such as « Bad Boys 2 », « Identity », « The devil’s reject », « Tusk » and « the Bye Bye Man ». Beyond his occupation as a special makeup effects creator and some noticeable animatronic effects (the bisons in « Dances with Wolves » and « Hulk » from Ang Lee ), he also wrote the synopsis for «From dusk Till Dawn» before entrusting a then unknown Quentin Tarantino to write the whole script.

Finally, Robert Kurztman directed « the Demolitionist », « Wishmaster », « The Rage », « Buried Alive » and« Deadly Impact » movies.

 

Text : Matthieu REHDE

Translation : Guillaume LECOEUR

XAVIER GENS, Director

XAVIER GENS

Debuting as a trainee on The Secret Laughter of Women, The Captive, On Guard, Maximum Risk and Double Team, the last two starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Xavier Gens sharpens his skills while making three short-films and a handful of music videos.

EuropaCorp produces and distributes his first feature film, Frontier(s), a success with the public as well as among the critics, which convinces Luc Besson to trust him with the video game adaptation Hitman (oddly enough, this last one coming out before Frontier(s)).

Considered too gory, all the graphic scenes are edited from the original version. This desire for physical and psychological violence, Gens injects it in his next movie, The Divide, the oppressive story of a confined group on a nuclear holocaust background, featuring the flawless Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Rosanna Arquette (Crash).

He then takes part in The ABC’s of Death anthology (chapter X is for XXL) and also the TV series Crossing Lines, before returning to the big screen with The Crucifixion and Cold Skin.

His comedy Budapest, in which Manu Pavet strives to plan bachelor parties in Hungary, will be released next summer.

Text: Matthieu REHDE

Translation: Marianne LACHANCE