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2007 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 7, 2007

Lausanne Underground Film Festival poster featuring half a pig

The Lausanne Underground Film Festival will be held in Switzerland this year on Oct. 10-14. Most of the feature films shown this year are in retrospectives of different filmmakers. The one I am most jealous of and sad to miss is the amazing Andy Warhol retrospective, which includes work by the artist directly (as directly he worked on them anyway) and films starring his “superstars.” It’s actually more of a superstar retrospective than a Warhol one, and a couple of the surviving ones will be present: Mary Woronov, Holly Woodlawn and Bibbe Hansen (Beck’s mom).

The other retrospectives are of Yakuza-member-turned-filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu; American underground director Damon Packard; British filmmaker Andrew Kötting; and a couple Danish sex films. But there are also free-floating feature films in competition, plus lots of shorts: documentaries, animation and experimental. Despite the organization of the films into retrospectives and collections, I, as always, present the lineup in a strictly linear fashion. Some films do screen at the same time in different theaters, so that’s why sometimes you’ll see duplicate times on certain days:

Oct. 10
6:00 p.m.: This Filthy Earth, dir. Andrew Kötting. An adaptation of the novel The Earth. A pair of sisters run the family farm after their parents’ death. Repeat screenings at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Then screens Oct. 11-13 at 6:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; and Oct. 14 at 6:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.: “Six short films by Andrew Kötting”
Klipperty Klopp, dir. Andrew Kötting
Kingdom Protista, dir. Andrew Kötting
Hoi Polloi, dir. Andrew Kötting
Gallivant, the Pilot, dir. Andrew Kötting
Nucleous Ambiguous
, dir. Andrew Kötting
Hub-bub in the Baobabs, dir. Andrew Kötting
Repeat screenings Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 12-14 at 10:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.: Gallivant, dir. Andrew Kötting. The director, his grandmother and his daughter travel the coasts of Britain and hook up with interesting characters. Repeat screening at 10:30 p.m. Then screens Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 12-13 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.: Viva, dir. Anna Biller. In this tribute to ’70s sexploitation movies, a secretary gets involved in the bohemian lifestyle — including drugs and free love — after her husband splits. Winner of the Best of Fest (Feature) at the 2007 Boston Underground Film Festival. Repeat screening Oct. 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 11
4:15 p.m.:
Petit Pow ! Pow ! Noël, dir. Robert Morin. A man brings a movie camera to visit his autistic father in the hospital — and begins berating the old man on film. Repeat screening Oct. 13 at 10:45 p.m.

4:15 p.m.: “Documentaries: Eros, Thanatos & Vesania” (Repeat screening Oct. 13 at 8:30 p.m.)
K. Buchanan. If I Only Find the Way. Nine Poems About Love., dir. Kjetil Berge
Souffle, dir. Jérémie Jorrand
Waltz, dir. Zoe Christiansen
Love, After, dir. Nam Han Sung
Hase, dir. Dagmar Fella
De funcion (La dernière séance), dir. Jorge Tur

6:00 p.m.: Hedy (aka The Most Beautiful Woman in the World; The Shoplifter; The Fourteen Year Old Girl), dir. Andy Warhol. Transvestite Mario Montez stars as actress Hedy Lamarr at the end of her life where the former Hollywood starlet has been reduced to shoplifting. She’s arrested and put on trial.Shown with:
Broken Goddess, dir. Dallas. In this tribute to silent films, Holly Woodlawn attempts to create her own superstar image.

6:15 p.m.: Dante’s Inferno, dir. Sean Meredith. An animated — with paper puppets — modern adaptation of the classic tale. An alcoholic wakes up from a bender and gets a tour of Hell. Featuring the voices of Dermot Mulroney and James Cromwell. Winner of the Underground Spirit Award at the 2007 Boston Underground Film Festival. Also screens Oct. 14 at 8:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m.: “Fictional short films competition” (Repeat screening Oct 14 at 2:30 p.m.)
Something Awful, dir. Clifton Childree
Raymond, dir. Bif
By Modern Measure, dir. Matthew Lessner
, dir. Giuseppe Borzone
Filthy Food, dir. T. Arthur Cottam
Do Maggot Become Fly, dir. Giuseppe Valentino
Putain, dir. Isabelle Mc Ewen
Hide and Sick, dir. Luc Walpoth
Shameless, dir. Yakov Levi
I Stepped in Some Poo, dir. Tristan Orchard
Shame, dir. Tom Geens
The Morning After, dir. Casey Walker

8:15 p.m.: Llik Your Idols, dir. Angelique Bosio. A documentary about the Cinema of Transgression movement of NYC, which included filmmakers like Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Joe Coleman and Nick Zedd.

Shown with:

Ca sent l’être, dir. Victor Ede. Documenting the lives of outsiders, including skins, punks and artists, in their different neighborhoods in Berlin.

8:15 p.m.: “Experimental short films competition 1” (Repeat screening Oct 13 at 8:15 p.m.)
Muse of Cinema, dir. Kerry Laitala
Memo to Pic Desk, dir. Chris Kennedy & Anna van der Meulen
Theme for Yellow Kudra, dir. Max Hattler
Week-end, dir. Cristian Straub
A Dream in the Forest, dir. Mina Arai
Solargrafica, dir. Andreas Zingerle
Ghost Storeys, Amaya, dir. David Kristian & Ryosuke Aoike
Birdcatcher, dir. Chris Hefner
Das Modell, dir. Florian Gwinner
27 Years, dirs. Yuri A & R. Mond
Autoradio, dir. Sébastien Fraysse
Pole Position, dir. Guillaume Reymond
The Mark, dir. Thomas Barndt

10:30: p.m.: Women in Revolt (aka Sex), dir. Paul Morrissey. A trio of transvestites — Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn — join the militant feminist group “Politically Involved Girls,” aka P.I.G.

10:30: p.m.: The Embryo Hunts in Secret, dir. Koji Wakamatsu. A store manager gets a naive, female co-worker to come back to his apartment for a night of sex, but when she tries to leave the next day, he holds her prisoner and physically and psychologically tortures her.

10:30: p.m.: “Four short films by Damon Packard
Dawn of an Evil Millenium
Early 70’s Horror Trailer
The Untitled Star Wars Mockumentary

Oct. 12
4:30 p.m.:
“Documentaries: Corporalités” (Repeat screening Oct. 14 at 6:45 p.m.)
Transfigured Nights, dir. David Blyth
Polistirene, dir. Anna Franceschini
On a Wednesday Night in Tokyo, dir. Jan Verbeek
Osmotic, dir. Jan Verbeek

6:30 p.m.: Gift (aka Venom), dir. Knud Leif Thomsen. A young man gets his girlfriend’s entire family into pornography. This film from Denmark is more of a warning against hedonism rather than a celebration of it. Since the film originally had some hardcore porn in it, it was originally censored in 1966.

6:30 p.m.: Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!, dir. Chad Ferrin. A mentally challenged teenager is left home alone with his mom’s deranged boyfriend on Easter Eve. But the person they both need to be worried about is the killer in the bunny mask who shows up. Also screening Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.: “Animation short films competition” (Repeat Screening Oct 13 at 2:15 p.m.)
Mc Laren’s Negatives, dir. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Mater, dir. Paolo Bonfiglio
Old Chicken Soup, dir. Oliver Marceta
Androïd 207, dir. Paul Whittington
Apnée, dir. Claude Chabot
Tales of Mere Existence, dir. Levni Yilmaz
Lucid Lunch, dir. Megan Ehrhart
Kite Rescue, dir. Rune & Erik Eriksson
Internet Alphabet, dir. Joe Nanashe
Post Babylon Stories Part II, dir. Roman Urodovskikh
Puppet, dir. Patrick Smith (Watch online)
Tea Party, dir. Tom Priestley
Do You Mind?, dir. David Myriam
Institution, dir. J. Tobias Anderson
Weiss, dir. Florian Grolig
Don’t Download This Song, dir. Bill Plympton

8:30 p.m.: The Chelsea Girls, dir. Andy Warhol. This is Warhol’s magnum opus, using a dual projection process that enables its two halves to be shown simultaneously. The plot basically revolves around Warhol’s usual degenerates, Ondine, Ingrid Superstar, Mary Woronov, Brigid Berlin and Edie Sedgwick, hang out at the infamous Chelsea Hotel and dish about several topics.

8:30 p.m.: Reflections of Evil, dir. Damon Packard. A paranoid watch seller on Hollywood Boulevard reminisces about the strange events of his life that led him to his fate. (Watch Online)

8:30 p.m.: The Three Trials, Randy Greif. A narcoleptic nun discovers one of her fellow sisters having sex with a priest. Repeast screening Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

10:45 p.m.: Violated Angels, dir. Koji Wakamatsu. A deranged lunatic breaks into a nurses’ dormitory and commits unspeakable acts.

10:45 p.m.: “Experimental short films competition 2” (Repeat screening Oct 14 at 4:15 p.m.)
Manuelle Labor, dir. Marie Losier (en collaboration avec Guy Maddin)
Workbook : Audition 01, dir. Guy Maddin
Zookeeper Workbook, dir. Guy Maddin
Let’s Build a Fire, dir. Patryk Rebisz
Anni Los, dir. Tamara Kapp
Piss Daddy, dirs. Sandra Künzi & Efa Mühlethaler
The Market, dir. Ana Hušman
Tanavob (Alternation), dir. Mahdi Fard Ghaderi
Meditation, dir. Neil Ira Needleman
Woman on the Moon, dir. Aviv Rubinstien
She Sank on Shallow Bank, dir. Clifton Childree & Nikki Rollason
The Divers, dir. Nicolas Provost
I Have Seen You Dancing Better Than This, dirs. Luigi Archetti & Bo Wiget

Oct. 13
4:00 p.m.: Screen Test #2, dir. Andy Warhol. Photo portraits of Warhol’s superstars, including Mario Montez and Bibbe Hansen, Salvador Dali, Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and Edie Sedgewick.

Shown with:
The White to Be Angry, dir. Vaginal Davis. The performance artist drag queen makes her definitive statement on race and class. Starring Bibbe Hansen.

4:00 p.m.: “Documentaries: On the Road” (Repeat screening Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m.)
The White She-Camel, dir. Xavier Christiaens
Un dimanche à Pripiat, dirs. Huk Blandine & Cousseau Frederic
There Goes the View, dir. Carolyn Macartney

6:15 p.m.: “Three short films by Damon Packard
Lost in the Thinking
SpaceDisco One

6:45 p.m.: Vinyl, dir. Andy Warhol. An adaptation of the novel A Clockwork Orange. Gerard Malanga takes on the lead role of Victor, a brutal thug who becomes tortured himself as part of a social experiment.

6:45 p.m.: Go, Go Second Time Virgin, dir. Koji Wakamatsu. After a teenage girl is gang raped, she asks a nice boy to kill her.

8:15 p.m.: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, dir. Lloyd Kaufman. Things turn out badly at the American Chicken Burger franchise’s newest location: right over an Indian cemetery. The staff are all killed and the customers are poisoned by chicken burgers. (Read the underground movie review)

10:45 p.m.: Eating Raoul, dir. Paul Bartel. Aspiring restaurateurs Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov come up with a clever idea in fine dining: Kill, cook and serve their irritating neighbors.

10:45 p.m.: Without a Stitch, dir. Annelise Meineche. A young woman travels across Europe looking for exciting sexual encounters. Was the first film from Denmark to be shown uncut in the U.S.

Oct. 14
6:30 p.m.: Ciao Manhattan, dir. John Palmer & David Weisman. Edie Sedgwick stars basically as herself, an aspiring actress and model. Filmed over the course of five years up until Sedgwick’s untimely death.

8:30 p.m.: Sex Jack, dir. Koji Wakamatsu. A group of revolutionaries obsessed with sex have a difficult time keeping their organization together.

For more info, please visit the LUFF official site.