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2014 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Grid of 15 movie stills from films screening at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival

It’s lucky 13 — as in 13th annual edition — for Switzerland’s Lausanne Underground Film Festival, an epic celebration of cinematic weirdness, violence, filth and everything else that makes life worth living. The wild debauchery runs October 15-19.

The fest opens on Oct. 15 with the feature film debut by Leah Meyerhoff, I Believe in Unicorns, which tells the story of a troubled teenage girl who runs away with an aggressive older boy.

Other new films include the misanthropic comedy Buzzard by Joel Potrykus; the deep woods psychological thriller Mother Nature by Johan Liedgren; the complex Japanese drama Kept by Maki Mizui; and more.

LUFF this year is really stuffed with great retrospectives beginning with a tribute to Beth B, who has been churning out controversial, thought-provoking flicks since the New York No Wave era to know. There will be screenings of her classic films, such as The Offenders and Salvation!, and her latest documentary, Exposed.

There is also a retrospective of the work of the lord of the bizarre, Trent Harris. There will, of course, be a screening of one of the greatest underground films of all time, The Beaver Trilogy; plus, other oddities such as Rubin & Ed, Plan 10 From Outer Space and more.

In addition to retrospectives of other outre filmmakers like Jean-Denis Bonan and Shane Ryan, there will be focuses on aggressive genre distributor Wild Eye Releasing and the outrageous international screening series Cinema Bis.

There are also some great documentaries on underground culture, such as The Death and Resurrection Show, which is Shaun Pettigrew’s profile of the pioneering industrial band Killing Joke; Style Wars 2, a graffiti doc by Amos Angeles; and a look at the synthesizer, Robert Fantinatto’s I Dream of Wires.

And, on Oct. 18, there will be a special live cinema performance of the work of hand-painting specialist animator Martha Colburn accompanied by the music of Vincent Hanni, of Young Gods.

Below is the full film lineup of this year’s Lausanne Underground Film Festival. But, please check out the fest’s official site for way more info.

Oct. 15

4:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho stalks an adult film actress.

4:30 p.m.: Driller, dir. Joyce James. A randy werewolf dances with a group of zombies.

6:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer 2, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho lures an adult film actress to her demise.

6:30 p.m.: Exhumed, dir. Richard Griffin. A family is trapped in their home under mysterious circumstances.

8:30 p.m.: I Believe in Unicorns, dir. Leah Meyerhoff. A teenage girl who feels burdened with taking care of her disabled mother tries to find solace in a romance with an older boy who has aggressive tendencies.

8:30 p.m.: The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing, dir. Shane Ryan. A girl who was molested by an older man forgives her abuser, which angers the community around her.

8:30 p.m.: Coyote, dir. Trevor Juenger. A writer falls prey to his own insane thoughts.

10:30 p.m.: My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous, dir. Shane Ryan. A fifteen-year-old girl kills her nine-year-old neighbor.

10:30 p.m.: Mold, dir. Neil Meschino. Goverment scientists unlease an experimental virus.

Oct. 16

4:00 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Fiction”
Hundred Dogs, dir. Jan Cvitkovi
Wonderland, dir. Karine Sauter
Prehistoric Cabaret, dir. Bertrand Mandico
Straight to Video, dir. Elizabeth Vazquez
The Voice Thief, dir. Adan Jodorowsky
Violent Florence, dir. Jaime Snyder

4:30 p.m.: Mold, dir. Neil Meschino. Goverment scientists unlease an experimental virus.

4:30 p.m.: Style Wars 2, dir. Amos Angeles. This documentary explores the world of street art.

6:00 p.m.: “Music in Films: Extreme Indonesia”
Bising, dir. Adythia Utama
A l’Est de l’Enfer, dir. Matthieu Canaguier

6:00 p.m.: “Videos by Tamara de Wehr”
Manjoeuvre I, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Manjoeuvre II, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Ghost Town, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Time Machine, dir. Tamara de Wehr and Joshua Burgr
Zone Trouble, dir. Tamara de Wehr

6:15 p.m.: Hana-Dama: The Origins, dir. Hisayasu Sato. An abused teenage girl discovers that something horrifying is growing inside her.

6:30 p.m.: Exposed, dir. Beth B. This documentary profiles eight performance artists who use burlesque as their main form of expression.

6:30 p.m.: My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous, dir. Shane Ryan. A fifteen-year-old girl kills her nine-year-old neighbor.

6:30 p.m.: Driller, dir. Joyce James. A randy werewolf dances with a group of zombies.

8:30 p.m.: “The Cursed Shorts of Jean-Denis Bonan”
La Vie breve de Monsieur Meucieu, dir. Jean-Denis Bonan
Mathieu-fou, dir. Jean-Denis Bonan
Une saison chez les hommes, dir. Jean-Denis Bonan
Tristesse des anthropophages, dir. Jean-Denis Bonan

8:30 p.m.: The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing, dir. Shane Ryan. A girl who was molested by an older man forgives her abuser, which angers the community around her.

8:30 p.m.: Exhumed, dir. Richard Griffin. A family is trapped in their home under mysterious circumstances.

8:30 p.m.: Les Demons du sexe, dir. Jess Franco. A group of nuns are possessed by demons and tortured by the Spanish Inquisition.

8:30 p.m.: I Dream of Wires, dir. Robert Fantinatto. This documentary examines the history of the synthesizer.

8:30 p.m.: “Short Film Selection: Documentaries”
Varken, dir. Christina Stuhlberger
Six Day Run, dir. Mika Taanila
The Black Naked Cowboy, dir. Alexandre Degardin
Emergency Calls, dir. Hannes Vartiainen
Self Portrait Portrait, dir. James Hollenbaugh
Will the Real Dave Barber Please Stand Up, dir. Dave Barber
Rob What, dir. Rhayne Vermette
L’Etre venu d’aileurs, dir. Renaud De Putter & Guy Bordin.

10:30 p.m.: Mother Nature, dir. Johan Liedgren. A father and son camping trip turns into a disaster.

10:30 p.m.: The Beaver Trilogy, dir. Trent Harris. One of the greatest underground films of all time is this curiousity that director Harris made three times: Once as a documentary starring Groovin’ Gary and twice as fictional films, one starring Sean Penn and the other Crispin Glover.

10:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho stalks an adult film actress.

10:30 p.m.: Coyote, dir. Trevor Juenger. A writer falls prey to his own insane thoughts.

10:30 p.m.: Piege, dir. Jacques Baratier. A man obsessed with being robbed is eventually robbed by two girls.

Oct. 17

4:30 p.m.: I Believe in Unicorns, dir. Leah Meyerhoff. A teenage girl who feels burdened with taking care of her disabled mother tries to find solace in a romance with an older boy who has aggressive tendencies.

4:30 p.m.: The Beaver Trilogy, dir. Trent Harris. One of the greatest underground films of all time is this curiousity that director Harris made three times: Once as a documentary starring “Groovy” Gary and twice as fictional films, one starring Sean Penn and the other Crispin Glover.

4:30 p.m.: Exhumed, dir. Richard Griffin. A family is trapped in their home under mysterious circumstances.

4:30 p.m.: La Bete d’amour, dir. Alfred Sole. A woman living in the jungle has an affair with an ape. Featuring special effects by Rick Baker and Rob Bottin.

6:15 p.m.: King of the Sands, dir. Najdat Anzour. The sotry of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman, the man who founded Saudi Arabia.

6:15 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Fiction”
Hundred Dogs, dir. Jan Cvitkovi
Wonderland, dir. Karine Sauter
Prehistoric Cabaret, dir. Bertrand Mandico
Straight to Video, dir. Elizabeth Vazquez
The Voice Thief, dir. Adan Jodorowsky
Violent Florence, dir. Jaime Snyder

6:30 p.m.: She Wolf, dir. Tamae Gareteguy. A policeman in Buenos Ares hunts a female werewolf.

6:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer 2, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho lures an adult film actress to her demise.

6:30 p.m.: Coyote, dir. Trevor Juenger. A writer falls prey to his own insane thoughts.

6:30 p.m.: Mondo Homo: A Study of French Gay Porn in the ’70s, dir. Herve Joseph Lebrun. This documentary includes interviews with the directors and actors of the time.

8:15 p.m.: Singapore Sling, dir. Nikos Nikolaidis. A drunk detective becomes the prisoner of a deranged mother and daughter.

8:30 p.m.: Buzzard, dir. Joel Potrykus. A con artist hides out in a co-worker’s basement and quickly overstays his welcome.

8:30 p.m.: Two Small Bodies, dir. Beth B. A mother is accused of killing her two children who have gone missing.

8:30 p.m.: My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous, dir. Shane Ryan. A fifteen-year-old girl kills her nine-year-old neighbor.

8:30 p.m.: Driller, dir. Joyce James. A randy werewolf dances with a group of zombies.

8:30 p.m.: Film-Concert: Perrot+Simon Play “Poing de force”, dir. Jean Estienne.

10:30 p.m.: Rubin & Ed, dir. Trent Harris. A disco loving outcast teams up with an older gentlemen in order to bury his frozen dead cat in the desert.

10:30 p.m.: The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing, dir. Shane Ryan. A girl who was molested by an older man forgives her abuser, which angers the community around her.

10:30 p.m.: Mold, dir. Neil Meschino. Goverment scientists unlease an experimental virus.

10:30 p.m.: Style Wars 2, dir. Amos Angeles. This documentary explores the world of street art.

10:30 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Experimental”
Plant in My Head, dir. Pedro Maiam
Fe, dir. Juan Pablo Villegas
Kudryavka — Little Ball of Fur, dir. Risto-Pekka Blom
Haustorium, dir. Mauri Lehtonen
Au Nord d’Eden, dir. Jean Marcel Busson
Intermezzo (Notes on Film 04), dir. Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Coke, dir. Dietmar Brehm
Video Work, dir. Buli Silberstein
Kaputtccino, dir. Kuesti Fraun
Exterior Extended, dir. Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Humanite annee zero, dir. Florence Gatineau-Sailliant
Human Body Battleground Organ Organism, dir. Metrah Pashaee
Blue_1, dir. Alba Curos
VOIDOV, dir. Manuel Knapp

Oct. 18

2:00 p.m.: “Videos by Tamara de Wehr”
Manjoeuvre I, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Manjoeuvre II, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Ghost Town, dir. Tamara de Wehr
Time Machine, dir. Tamara de Wehr and Joshua Burgr
Zone Trouble, dir. Tamara de Wehr

2:15 p.m.: The Offenders, dir. Beth B & Scott B. A woman joins a gang of radical lesbians.

3:15 p.m.: The Death and Resurrection Show, dir. Shaun Pettigrew. This documentary tells the story of the influential Industrial band Killing Joke.

4:30 p.m.: Kept, dir. Maki Mizul. A woman escapes a rapist’s clutches before she can be assaulted and then experiences regret at not turning him into the police.

4:30 p.m.: Plan 10 From Outer Space, dir. Trent Harris. A woman uncovers an alien plot to take over the Earth that was written down by an early Mormon prophet.

4:30 p.m.: Mold, dir. Neil Meschino. Goverment scientists unlease an experimental virus.

4:30 p.m.: Mondo Homo: A Study of French Gay Porn in the ’70s, dir. Herve Joseph Lebrun. This documentary includes interviews with the directors and actors of the time.

4:30 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Animation”
Alone, dir. Nuno Fragata
Simple, dir. Markus Wende
The Wall, dir. Dmytro Bondarchuk
Wawd Ahp, dir. Stephen Girard
Miracle, dir. Juha Vehvilainen
Hotzanak, For Your Own Safety, dir. Izibene Onedarra
Date Night, dir. Jean-Claude Campbell
The Alligator, dir. Alexandra Barsky
Wind, dir. Robert Lobel
Suddenly, Last Summer, dir. Juha Maki-Jussila
Plug & Play, dir. Michael Frei
Seafood Porn, dir. Momoko Seto
Torturing, dir. Rebecca Blocher
Jump, dir. Mauri Lehtonen
Abbau, dir. Masahiro Ohsuka
Noise of the World, dir. Coke Rioboo

6:15 p.m.: Hana-Dama: The Origins, dir. Hisayasu Sato. An abused teenage girl discovers that something horrifying is growing inside her.

6:15 p.m.: Matalo!, dir. Cesare Canevari. A criminal gang finds a strange old ghost town inhabited by a old woman and an odd shadow.

6:30 p.m.: La Femme-bourreau (The Executioner Woman), dir. Jean-Denis Bonan. A prostitute is executed for the murder of her colleagues, but after her death more, similar murders occur.

6:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho stalks an adult film actress.

6:30 p.m.: Exhumed, dir. Richard Griffin. A family is trapped in their home under mysterious circumstances.

6:30 p.m.:Martha Colburn & Vincent Hanni: Film-Concert Performance”
Several of Martha Colburn‘s hand-painted animations will be accompanied by live music by Vincent Hanni of Young Gods. Some of the films included will be Myth Labs, Anti-Fracking Film, Evil of Dracula, What’s On? and There’s a Pervert in Our Pool.

8:30 p.m.: Reality, dir. Quentin Dupieux. A first time horror filmmaker goes in search of the perfect moan sound effect.

8:30 p.m.: Buzzard, dir. Joel Potrykus. A con artist hides out in a co-worker’s basement and quickly overstays his welcome.

8:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer 2, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho lures an adult film actress to her demise.

8:30 p.m.: Coyote, dir. Trevor Juenger. A writer falls prey to his own insane thoughts.

8:30 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Experimental”
Plant in My Head, dir. Pedro Maiam
Fe, dir. Juan Pablo Villegas
Kudryavka — Little Ball of Fur, dir. Risto-Pekka Blom
Haustorium, dir. Mauri Lehtonen
Au Nord d’Eden, dir. Jean Marcel Busson
Intermezzo (Notes on Film 04), dir. Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Coke, dir. Dietmar Brehm
Video Work, dir. Buli Silberstein
Kaputtccino, dir. Kuesti Fraun
Exterior Extended, dir. Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Humanite annee zero, dir. Florence Gatineau-Sailliant
Human Body Battleground Organ Organism, dir. Metrah Pashaee
Blue_1, dir. Alba Curos
VOIDOV, dir. Manuel Knapp

10:30 p.m.: She Wolf, dir. Tamae Gareteguy. A policeman in Buenos Ares hunts a female werewolf.

10:30 p.m.: My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous, dir. Shane Ryan. A fifteen-year-old girl kills her nine-year-old neighbor.

10:30 p.m.: Driller, dir. Joyce James. A randy werewolf dances with a group of zombies.

10:30 p.m.: Les Guerriers de la jungle, dir. Ernst R. von Theumer. Four models fall into the grasp of a South American drug cartel.

10:30 p.m.: Blue Movie, dir. Alberto Cavallone. A woman becomes obsessed with the photographer who saved her from a rapist.

Oct. 19

4:15 p.m.: I Dream of Wires, dir. Robert Fantinatto. This documentary examines the history of the synthesizer.

4:30 p.m.: Kept, dir. Maki Mizul. A woman escapes a rapist’s clutches before she can be assaulted and then experiences regret at not turning him into the police.

4:30 p.m.: Salvation!, dir. Beth B. A disgruntled husband plots to discredit a televangelist whom his wife is enamored with.

4:30 p.m.: Driller, dir. Joyce James. A randy werewolf dances with a group of zombies.

4:30 p.m.: “Short Film Competition: Animation”
Alone, dir. Nuno Fragata
Simple, dir. Markus Wende
The Wall, dir. Dmytro Bondarchuk
Wawd Ahp, dir. Stephen Girard
Miracle, dir. Juha Vehvilainen
Hotzanak, For Your Own Safety, dir. Izibene Onedarra
Date Night, dir. Jean-Claude Campbell
The Alligator, dir. Alexandra Barsky
Wind, dir. Robert Lobel
Suddenly, Last Summer, dir. Juha Maki-Jussila
Plug & Play, dir. Michael Frei
Seafood Porn, dir. Momoko Seto
Torturing, dir. Rebecca Blocher
Jump, dir. Mauri Lehtonen
Abbau, dir. Masahiro Ohsuka
Noise of the World, dir. Coke Rioboo

6:15 p.m.: Big Racket, dir. Enzo G. Castellari. A cop takes the law into his own hands.

6:30 p.m.: Luna Mesa, dir. Trent Harris. After a woman finds her boyfriend’s corpse in a Cambodian hotel, she travels the planet to find out why he died.

6:30 p.m.: My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous, dir. Shane Ryan. A fifteen-year-old girl kills her nine-year-old neighbor.

6:30 p.m.: Exhumed, dir. Richard Griffin. A family is trapped in their home under mysterious circumstances.

6:30 p.m.: “Short Film Selection: Documentaries”
Varken, dir. Christina Stuhlberger
Six Day Run, dir. Mika Taanila
The Black Naked Cowboy, dir. Alexandre Degardin
Emergency Calls, dir. Hannes Vartiainen
Self Portrait Portrait, dir. James Hollenbaugh
Will the Real Dave Barber Please Stand Up, dir. Dave Barber
Rob What, dir. Rhayne Vermette
L’Etre venu d’aileurs, dir. Renaud De Putter & Guy Bordin.

8:30 p.m.: Mother Nature, dir. Johan Liedgren. A father and son camping trip turns into a disaster.

8:30 p.m.: The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing, dir. Shane Ryan. A girl who was molested by an older man forgives her abuser, which angers the community around her.

8:30 p.m.: Coyote, dir. Trevor Juenger. A writer falls prey to his own insane thoughts.

8:30 p.m. La Bete aveugle, dir. Yasuzo Masumura. A blind sculptor kidnaps a model.

8:30 p.m.: “Music in Films: Extreme Indonesia”
Bising, dir. Adythia Utama
A l’Est de l’Enfer, dir. Matthieu Canaguier

10:30 p.m.: Amateur Porn Star Killer, dir. Shane Ryan. A psycho stalks an adult film actress.

10:30 p.m.: Mold, dir. Neil Meschino. Goverment scientists unlease an experimental virus.


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