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International Contemporary Art Exhibition
Clarens/Montreux (CH) – 16.11. - 21.12.2012
Cinema / LUFF
The Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (LUFF) has for the last eleven years assiduously avoided rubbing the audience the right way by proposing unusual and original scheduling. The LUFF provides a fusion of music and cinema in an alchemy of off-the-wall images and deviant sounds, and creations of innovative international avant-garde artists rarely screened in Switzerland. This year the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival will take place in Lausanne from 17th to 21st October 2012 with yet another public display of indecency. Headlining the festivities are John Waters, the scathing return of Kim Gordon, an homage to film-maker Christoph Schlingensief, the Chinese sound artist Yan Jun, and a special performance by grindcore exponents Brutal Truth.

The LUFF team has selected films and documentaries specially for the Apo-calypse exhibition. Screenings will be free and take place at Béard factory each Sundays.

Sunday 18 November – 6:00 pm

The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador)
Luis Buñuel, 1962, Mexico, with French subtitles, 95'

A handful of bourgeois at a fashionable dinner party find themselves inexplicably trapped in their host’s residence. With the passing days, appearances are dropped, façades crack, civilities retreat, until each person’s personality is revealed. The filmmaker employs a Machiavellian stratagem to create a feeling of the end of the world through the annihilation of all social codes, and seems to take a certain pleasure in watching the more obtuse minds trying to find a rational explanation of the events related.


Sunday 25 November – 6:00 pm

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
Documentary by Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer, 2005, USA, French subtitles, 68'

John Waters presents what was once known as the “Riviera of the West”, a region that was as rich as it was magnificent, and which drew many show-biz stars in the 1950s and 60s such as the Beach Boys and Sonny & Cher, and which bid fair to put neighbouring Palm Springs in the shade. Today, the region of the Salton Sea is one of the USA’s worst ecological disasters. The lake itself is just a foul expanse of stagnant and fetid water in which fish die by the millions each year and pelicans are poisoned by eating them. The surrounding landscape now resembles some post-apocalyptic backdrop gnawed by rust and desolation, with carcasses of abandoned trailers sinking into the viscous mud. Drawing on the funny and moving testimony of the some of the local inhabitants we discover the tragic story of this ephemeral Eldorado. A fantastic chance to make the acquaintance of a community of mindful characters somewhat given to tippling, like the slightly exhibitionist Hungarian revolutionary émigré, a nudist vagabond, a kooky barman or a real estate agent wearing patriotic shirts – a group of individuals mad enough to ignore the horrible ecological and financial reality of the Salton Sea, but who themselves represent some of the hidden collateral victims of the American Dream.


Sunday 2 December – 6:45 pm

1 and 0 nly
Martyn Park, 2008, Australia, French subtitles, 84'

Lieutenant professor Frank James Morley, environmentalist genius and gifted scientist, lives alone, a recluse on an island off the Australian coast. Living a life of monastic rigour, he concentrates obsessively on finalising a highly ambitious project with a fatal outcome: the pure and simple eradication of the human species with the aim of saving a dying planet ….
With a spare visual style making the most of some splendid natural backdrops, and a script which is practically wordless until the conclusion, Martyn Park has come up with an off-the-wall science-fiction feature, with beautiful images in stark contrast to the most pessimistic ecological judgments. What if the salvation of the Earth really depended on the disappearance of Mankind? In this era of global warming, serial natural disasters, over-population and famine, this question may well get to the top of the agenda. As for Martyn Park, he has already thought about the answer …


Sunday 9 December – 6:00 pm

After the Apocalypse
Yasuaki Nakajima, 2004, USA, silent, 72'

When Yasuaki Nakajima left Japan for the United States with his knapsack on his back and no knowledge of English, he found himself confronted with the communication problems one would expect. Overcome by the feeling of finding himself alone in the world, he had to deal with his fear and invent communication from another angle. From this experience, he has drawn a funny and sincere film, aesthetically superb, in which five survivors of the nuclear holocaust who have become mute as a result of radioactive fallout relearn how to live in a community.


Sunday 16 December – 6:00 pm

The New Barbarians (I nuovi barbari)
Enzo G. Castellari, 1983, Italy, dubbed into French, 87’

In its time, the runaway success of Mad Max 2 spawned a flood of imitations of George Miller’s film worldwide. Prominent among the dozens of titles redolent of dust and kerosene, proudly stands The New Barbarians, a masterpiece by Castellari (who wrote the original Inglorious Bastards) in which a gang of sodomite punk bikers attempts to eradicate all traces of the human species from the face of the Earth… A great action film, with pure electro music ten years ahead of its time, shot in a magnificent wilderness with great actors, The New Barbarians is the Citizen Kane of this delicate sub-genre: the post-nuke !