The eighth edition of the Offscreen Film Festival will start on Wednesday 4 March in Brussels. This annual event for lovers of exceptional cinema and cult films is held at four locations in Brussels: Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits. From 4 to 22 March, the festival offers three weeks of cinematic wonders, with a selection of the most exciting new films and a vast collection of cult classics.
The guest of honour of this year’s festival is the legendary director Tobe Hooper. He owes that status to his influential horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), but an extensive retrospective will demonstrate how Hooper brought his penchant for the fantastic to the screen in wildly diverse ways. As an indispensable key film, his feature debut Eggshells (1969) will be shown, as well as cult classics such as Lifeforce (1985), Salem’s Lot (1979) and the newly restored high resolution-version of his masterpiece The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
The Offscreen Film Festival also offers a selection of exciting new films, such as The Duke of Burgundy (2014) by Peter Strickland, Tokyo Tribe (2014) by Sion Sono and Fires On The Plain (2014) by Shinya Tsukamoto. The documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) will be personally presented by director Mark Hartley, and is joined by a huge retrospective on the infamous production house Cannon Films. For this, the festival managed once again to find a diverse collection of vintage 35mm film prints. You will get the unique opportunity to revisit the exploits of “incorrect” action heroes of the eighties such as Chuck Norris, Stallone and JCVD on the big screen in guilty pleasures like Bloodsport (1988), Invasion USA (1985), Cobra (1986), Masters of the Universe (1987) and Ninja III: The Domination (1984).
Finally, the festival takes you on an expedition to the wonderful world of plants, fungi and related botany. In the pantheon of memorable movie monsters, plants may be underrepresented, but Offscreen still managed to put together a small selection to tickle your green senses. Matango – Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) by Ishiro Honda , Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Don Siegel (1956), The Day of the Triffids (1963) by Steve Sekely and The Little Shop of Horrors (1986) by Frank Oz: all of them cult classics that feature malignant mutations, blurring the traditional distinction between flora and fauna.
News will follow soon, and the full programme will be online from Wednesday 4 February on the website, and keep it with Picturenose for a big tickets giveaway and an exclusive interview with Tobe Hooper!