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2008 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Yikes! I haven’t seen a film festival this dense since, well, Melbourne this week. But this year’s Lausanne Underground Film Festival, which will run Oct. 15-19, is jam packed to the gills with underground goodness. Adding a couple new theaters on which to screen has greatly expanded the festival. It seems like there’s more movies and more screening opportunities per film. Some of these films are screening so often you can consider them as having a theatrical run.

LUFF is, as always, an awesome mix of terrific classic films, great retrospectives and modern masterpieces. Particularly exciting — from an Underground Film Journal perspective — are retrospectives of the “Beat Cinema” movement of the ’60s, which includes films by Jonas Mekas, Ron Rice, Robert Frank, John Cassavetes, William S. Burroughs and more; and a two-night program of the work of Richard Kern, who will be in attendance. Plus, there’s retrospectives of the work of Japanese filmmakers Kiyotaka Tsurisaki and Shuji Terayama; a “Music in Film” series; a tribute to Albert Hoffman and the usual short films, documentaries and features in competition and more!

Lastly, before we get to the full lineup, here are some special Underground Film Journal shout-outs. (You can click on the film titles for my reviews of these fine, terrific films.) First, Craig Baldwin‘s beautifully dense and wonderful Mock Up on Mu continues its world tour with a stop at LUFF. And it’s been paired up with Mike Davis‘s Sex Galaxy, a hilarious descent into retrograde horniness. Then, in the “Short Films: Fiction” collection, be sure to catch Brian Lonano‘s brutal and hysterical Attackazoids! Plus, take a crazy train ride across America in Alison Murray’s fine Train on the Brain; and a blast from the past, Frank Pavich‘s N.Y.H.C., which I saw years ago at the New York Underground.

Finally, and very excitingly, Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt continues to terrorize the world stage with another collection of fantastic transgressive short films from Cinema Abattoir. They are being shown under the collective name “Heretics: Iconoclastic Quebec Cinemas.” Abattoir and LUFF is a marriage made in Heaven as far as I’m concerned.

Enough of my ramblings. Here’s the lineup in full. Actually, there’s so many films, I’ve forgone putting up descriptions for each film, otherwise I’d never finish the darn thing. To read more on the films, of course go to the LUFF website. But here’s what I have:

 

Oct. 15
6:15 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

6:15 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

8:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

8:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

8:30 p.m.: Left Ear, dir. Andrew Wholley

10:30 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

10:30 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

Oct. 16
4:15 p.m.: 1 and 0 nly, dir. Martyn Park

4:15 p.m.: “Documentaries: American Landscapes”
Launch, dir. Brian Doyle
Train on the Brain, dir. Alison Murray
The Distance to the Sun, dir. Andrea Dojmi

4:45 p.m.: The Cage, dir. Shuji Terayama
Emperor Tomato Ketchup, dir. Shuji Terayama
The War of Jan-Ken-Pon, dir. Shuji Terayama
A Tale of Labyrinth, dir. Shuji Terayama

6:15 p.m.: Sway, dir. Richard Sandler
Brave New York, dir. Richard Sandler

6:15 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

6:15 p.m.: “Out of Sight: A Tribute to Albert Hofmann”
Hofmann’s Potion, dir. Connie Littlefield
LSD 25, dir. David W. Parker
Case Study: LSD, dir. Anonyme
Rockflow, dir. Bob Cowan

6:15 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

6:15 p.m.: Get Thrashed, dir. Rick Ernst

6:15 p.m.: The Baron Against the Demons aka Star Troopers, dir. Ricardo Ribelles

6:30 p.m.: Laura, dir. Shuji Terayama
Der Prozess, dir. Shuji Terayama
Shadow Film: A Woman With Two Heads, dir. Shuji Terayama

8:00 p.m.: Throw Away Your Books, Rally into the Streets, dir. Shuji Terayama

8:30 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

8:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

8:30 p.m.: Ido, dir. Kei Fujiwara

8:30 p.m.: “Short Films: Fiction”
The Plot Spoilers, dir. Jeff Desom
Time Is A Snail with Wings (O tempo é um Caracol com Asas), dirs. Karl G./Matze/Mario Gomes
Attackazoids!, dir. Brian Lonano
Je dis non Ali, dir. Jim Eshom

8:45 p.m.: The Cage, dir. Shuji Terayama
Emperor Tomato Ketchup, dir. Shuji Terayama
The War of Jan-Ken-Pon, dir. Shuji Terayama
A Tale of Labyrinth, dir. Shuji Terayama

10:30 p.m.: Guns of the Trees, dir. Jonas Mekas
Pull My Daisy, dir. Robert Frank

10:30 p.m.: Laura, dir. Shuji Terayama
Der Prozess, dir. Shuji Terayama
Shadow Film: A Woman With Two Heads, dir. Shuji Terayama

10:30 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

10:30 p.m.: “Heretics: Iconoclastic Quebec Cinemas”
Washing Machine, dir. Ca Ca Ca
Yellow Fever, dir. Frédérick Maheux
Poupon Rose, dir. Serge de Cotret
Goopy Spasms, dir. Rick Trembles
Extase de chair brisée, dir. Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt & Frédérick Maheux
Passage, dir. Karl Lemieux
Hymn to Pan, dir. François Miron
Imperatrix Cornicula, dir. Jérôme Bertrand
Pinhole Flames, dir. Amy Schwartz
Untitled, dir. Lucia Fezzuoglio

10:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

10:30 p.m.: Must Read After My Death, dir. Morgan Dews

Oct. 17
4:15 p.m.: “Short Films: Crossover”
Passage, dir. Telemach Wiesinger
Home, dir. Alejandra Levy
The Family Keeps It All (Alles bleibt in der Familie), dir. Chris Caliman
7 1/2 Frauen, dir. Bidzina Kanchaveli
Flux terschelling, dir. Camille et Manolo

4:30 p.m.: The Reading Machine, dir. Shuji Terayama
Grass Labyrinth, dir. Shuji Terayama

4:30 p.m.: “Documentaries: Portrait(s)”
Monday 11:45, Georgstrasse 26, dir. Corinna Liedtke
The Red Carpet, dir. Jörg Hommer
Grüss Gott Auf Wiedersehen, dir. Nina Mayrhofer
Who’s Singing Inside. I Could Never Build a Wall. It Buzz’s Me., dirs. Kjetil Berge with Ben Blythe
Avaler un ange, dirs. Jean-Luc Mello & Siu Pham

6:15 p.m.: Shadows, dir. John Cassavetes

6:15 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

6:15 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

6:15 p.m.: N.Y.H.C., dir. Frank Pavich

6:15 p.m.: Dirty Habit, dir. Bryan Root

6:15 p.m.: “Short Films: Experimental”
Tape Film, dir. Chris Kennedy
Whirl, dir. Scott Banning
Lovely Corruption (After Edison), dir. Oliver Hockenhull
Nymph, dir. Ken Jacobs
Pulse+, dir. Pink Twins
Polar Station, dir. Tuomo Kangasmaa
Things Fall Apart, dirs. Rob Chui & Chris Hewitt
Extention of Human Sight, dir. Andreas Zingerle
A Diamond Forms Under Pressure, dir. Paul O’Donoghue
Manifest, dir. Chen HsinWei
For Sore Eyes, dir. Anders Weberg
Sisyphys, dir. Maureen Bradley
S.I.T.E., dir. Pablo Orlowsky
Immersed, dir. Porta Priegert
df/dx, dir. Thomas Helman
Going Home, dir. Lee Ming-Yu

8:30 p.m.: The Flower Thief, dir. Ron Rice

8:30 p.m.: Pastoral: To Hide in the Country, dir. Shuji Terayama

8:30 p.m.: The Gods of Times Square, dir. Richard Sandler

8:30 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

8:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

8:30 p.m.: Koyaanisqasti, dir. Godfrey Reggio

8:30 p.m.: Gimme Skelter, dir. Scott Phillips

10:30 p.m.: Wholly Communion, dir. Peter Whitehead
Towers Open Fire, dir. William Burroughs, Anthony Balch
The Cut-Ups, dir. William Burroughs, Anthony Balch
The Last Clean Shirt, dir. Alfred Leslie

10:30 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

10:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

10:30 p.m.: 1 and 0 nly, dir. Martyn Park

10:30 p.m.: The Baron Against the Demons aka Star Troopers, dir. Ricardo Ribelles

10:30 p.m.: “Documentaries: American Landscapes”
Launch, dir. Brian Doyle
Train on the Brain, dir. Alison Murray
The Distance to the Sun, dir. Andrea Dojmi

Oct. 18
4:15 p.m.: Fruits of Passion, dir. Shuji Terayama

4:15 p.m.: The Gods of Times Square, dir. Richard Sandler

4:15 p.m.: Get Thrashed, dir. Rick Ernst

4:15 p.m.: Dirty Habit, dir. Bryan Root

4:15 p.m.: Ido, dir. Kei Fujiwara

6:15 p.m.: Chappaqua, dir. Conrad Rooks

6:15 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

6:15 p.m.: “Heretics: Iconoclastic Quebec Cinemas”
Washing Machine, dir. Ca Ca Ca
Yellow Fever, dir. Frédérick Maheux
Poupon Rose, dir. Serge de Cotret
Goopy Spasms, dir. Rick Trembles
Extase de chair brisée, dirs. Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt & Frédérick Maheux
Passage, dir. Karl Lemieux
Hymn to Pan, dir. François Miron
Imperatrix Cornicula, dir. Jérôme Bertrand
Pinhole Flames, dir. Amy Schwartz
Untitled, dir. Lucia Fezzuoglio
Theocordis, dir. Serge de Cotret
Essai à la mille, dir. Jean-Claude Labrecque
Trash and No Star!, dirs. Karl Lemieux & Claire Blanchet
Kick that Habit Man, dir. François Miron

6:15 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

6:15 p.m.: Prélude au sommeil, dir. Gilles Weinzaepflen

6:30 p.m.: The Reading Machine, dir. Shuji Terayama
Grass Labyrinth, dir. Shuji Terayama

8:15 p.m.: Bad Biology, dir. Frank Henenlotter

8:30 p.m.: Me and My Brother, dir. Robert Frank

8:30 p.m.: Sway, dir. Richard Sandler
Brave New York, dir. Richard Sandler

8:30 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

8:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

8:30 p.m.: “Short Films: Experimental”
Tape Film, dir. Chris Kennedy
Whirl, dir. Scott Banning
Lovely Corruption (After Edison), dir. Oliver Hockenhull
Nymph, dir. Ken Jacobs
Pulse+, dir. Pink Twins
Polar Station, dir. Tuomo Kangasmaa
Things Fall Apart, dirs. Rob Chui & Chris Hewitt
Extention of Human Sight, dir. Andreas Zingerle
A Diamond Forms Under Pressure, dir. Paul O’Donoghue
Manifest, dir. Chen HsinWei
For Sore Eyes, dir. Anders Weberg
Sisyphys, dir. Maureen Bradley
S.I.T.E., dir. Pablo Orlowsky
Immersed, dir. Porta Priegert
df/dx, dir. Thomas Helman
Going Home, dir. Lee Ming-Yu

10:30 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

10:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

10:45 p.m.: “New York Underground: Richard Kern: Programme #1″
The Right Side of My Brain, dir. Richard Kern
Submit to Me, dir. Richard Kern
Stray Dogs [Manhattan Love Suicides 1/4], dir. Richard Kern
Women at the Wheel [Manhattan Love Suicides 2/4], dir. Richard Kern
Thrust in Me [Manhattan Love Suicides 3/4], dir. Richard Kern
I Hate You Now [Manhattan Love Suicides 4/4], dir. Richard Kern
You Killed Me First, dir. Richard Kern

10:45 p.m.: “Out of Sight: A Tribute to Albert Hofmann”
Hofmann’s Potion, dir. Connie Littlefield
LSD 25, dir. David W. Parker
Case Study: LSD, dir. Anonyme
Rockflow, dir. Bob Cowan

10:45 p.m.: “Dennis Nyback: Fuck Mickey Mouse”
Porky in Wackyland, dir. Robert Clampett
One More Time, dir. Rudolf Ising
A Toytown Tale, dirs. Mannie Davis & John Foster
Snow-White, dir. Dave Fleischer
Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas, dir. Tex Avery
You Ought to Be in Pictures, dir. Fritz Freleng
A Corny Conerto, dir. Robert Clampett
Red Hot Riding Hood, dir. Tex Avery
Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs, dir. Robert Clampett
Der Fuehrer’s Face, dir. Jack Kinney

10:45 p.m.: “Documentaries: Portrait(s)”
Monday 11:45, Georgstrasse 26, dir. Corinna Liedtke
The Red Carpet, dir. Jörg Hommer
Grüss Gott Auf Wiedersehen, dir. Nina Mayrhofer
Who’s Singing Inside. I Could Never Build a Wall. It Buzz’s Me., dirs. Kjetil Berge with Ben Blythe
Avaler un ange, dirs. Jean-Luc Mello & Siu Pham

Oct. 19
4:30 p.m.: Prélude au sommeil, dir. Gilles Weinzaepflen

4:30 p.m.: Gimme Skelter, dir. Scott Phillips

4:30 p.m.: “Short Films: Fiction”
The Plot Spoilers, dir. Jeff Desom
Time Is a Snail With Wings (O tempo é um Caracol com Asas), dirs. Karl G./Matze/Mario Gomes
Attackazoids!, dir. Brian Lonano
Je dis non Ali, dir. Jim Eshom

4:30 p.m.: “Short Films: Crossover”
Passage, dir. Telemach Wiesinger
Home, dir. Alejandra Levy
The Family Keeps It All (Alles bleibt in der Familie), dir. Chris Caliman
7 1/2 Frauen, dir. Bidzina Kanchaveli
Flux terschelling, dir. Camille et Manolo

6:15 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

6:15 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

6:15 p.m.: N.Y.H.C., dir. Frank Pavich

6:30 p.m.: The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man, dir. Ron Rice

6:30 p.m.: “Dennis Nyback: The Future That Never Happened, Or Will It?”
Year 1999 A.D.
At Home 2001
Libra Year 2003

8:30 p.m.: Orozco the Embalmer, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

8:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis

8:45 p.m.: “New York Underground: Richard Kern: Programme #2″
Goodbye 42nd Street, dir. Richard Kern
Submit to Me Now, dir. Richard Kern
Fingered, dir. Richard Kern
X Is Y, dir. Richard Kern
The Evil Cameraman, dir. Richard Kern
The Bitches, dir. Richard Kern
The Sewing Circle, dir. Richard Kern
My Nightmare, dir. Richard Kern

8:45 p.m.: Koyaanisqasti, dir. Godfrey Reggio

8:45 p.m.: Left Ear, dir. Andrew Wholley

8:45 p.m.: Must Read After My Death, dir. Morgan Dews

10:30 p.m.: Junk Films, dir. Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

10:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin

For more info, please visit the official LUFF website.