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First (Off) Screenings

Every year, we present a small selection of recent, unreleased films. This year we’ve decided to reduce the number of First Off screenings and to couple some of the advanced screenings with earlier films by the same director.



Quentin Dupieux, 2010, FR, 35mm, ov ang st fr & nl, 85'

A car drives through the American desert. It stops, a policeman gets out of the trunk. He finds himself face to face with a group of spectators and gives an incredible speech about the arbitrariness that will help them enjoy the film they’ve come to see, the film that we will now see, and then returns to the trunk of the car which drives off again. The "film" these people have come to the desert to see, through their binoculars, stars one main character: a tire. Like most tires, this one rolls. But on top of rolling all by itself, the tire also possesses telekinetic powers that allows it to prevent any potential obstacles from entering its path. And we might as well say it: things will not end well.

+ Yuri Lennon’s Landing on Alpha 46

Anthony Vouardoux, 2010, CH-DE, 35mm, ov ang st fr & nl, 14'

Yuri Lennon, an astronaut on a voyage to Jupiter moon Alpha46, unexpectedly encounters an absurd dilemma which leaves the fate of mankind in his hands… An excellent way to kick off Offscreen’s Outer Space module!

09.02 > 20:00 + 12.02 > 18:00
5€ / 3,5€

Quentin Dupieux, 2007, FR, 35mm, ov st ang, 85'

Blaise is somewhat of a simpleton and has racked up seven years in prison for a triple homicide committed by his friend Georges. Once out, he finds his friend again, toward whom he harbors no hard feelings. Georges is desperately trying to become popular and join the Chivers gang, a group of milk-drinking rogues who like enormous 4x4s and plastic surgery. Georges himself just had an operation in the hopes of looking more cool... After finishing several videos and a first film experiment called "Nonfilm", Quentin Dupieux has directed this surprising first "real" feature film. A surreal, retro and truly original film worth discovering alongside "Rubber" and parallel to the Face/Off module (see

12.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€

The festival is very happy to welcome Phil Mulloy who will present his newest film "Goodbye, Mister Christie" as well as the "Intolerance" trilogy. He will also give a workshop at the RITS. Also, Nova will dedicate a retrospective to him and his work after Offscreen is over, during which you will also have the opportunity to discover the first adventures of the Christie family. More information here:

Phil Mulloy, 2010, GB, video, ov st fr, 78'

The return (and farewell?) of the Christie family, whose absurd and hilarious tribulations were revealed in the series "The Christies" (see the March/April program). Their very busy daily life is perturbed by the arrival of Ramon, a French sailor with an irresistible charm. With the help of a little romantic melody, he enchants every member of the family and seduces them into sleeping with him. When Ramon and Mr. Christie meet, we discover that we are actually watching a documentary about the family, and that Mr. Christie has just dropped his pants live on television. But this gesture only increases their spectatorship and makes the family even more famous. The story gets more and more twisted and can only come to a radical conclusion. Mulloy persists in changing his style all while retaining his minimalism. He plays with the media and creates a surreal universe in which the spectator very quickly finds himself sucked in. A true feat.

10.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Phil Mulloy, 2000-2004, GB, 35mm, ov st fr, 11'+15'+24'

A film reel is found in outer space. The discovery is extraordinary: the film shows the life and behavior of an extraterrestrial race, the Zogs, who are almost identical to humans except for one small detail: they have genitals in place of their heads, and heads in place of their genitals. The extremely detailed document horrifies puritanical humanity, to the point where humans decide to send a space batallion to exterminate the Zogs and put an end to the sacrilege. But what the people of Earth don’t realize is that the very same events are taking place on planet Zog, and that their fleet is already en route to destroy the planet! A wild story that Phil Mulloy milks to the last drop. The "Intolerance" trilogy is a social satire that deals with the taboos surrounding sexuality, puritanism, the manipulations and barbaric acts committed in the name of religion, and, of course, intolerance. The film is crude, provoking, full of derision and most of all, very funny.

10.02 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Simon Rumley, 2010, GB-US, 35mm, ov 103'

Erica is a young, seductive woman with a detached and emotionless personality who survives the day by making ends meet in her hardware store and spends her nights finding people to hook up with in the slummy bars of Austin, Texas. Her routine is shaken when she meets her new neighbor and colleague, Nate, a former soldier who has returned from Iraq, a fainthearted and versatile guy. Although she remains distant at first, slowly a friendship develops and the two establish a platonic relationship. Until the day that Erica disappears after one of her nocturnal adventures... and the truth behind her disappearance is slow to reveal itself.
What starts off as a banal film about the indifference of youth culture in America slowly turns into a dark, tragic and creepy anecdote about revenge and passion. A feature film about the fragility of human relationships... and of human bodies!

Simon Rumley ("The Living and the Dead") will present his new film accompanied by his producer Bob Portal and both will join us for a post-screening talk.

11.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€

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