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2018 Edition
Conferences & encounters

Midi-Minuit : Conference and comic book signing

Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm
Les Champs Libres
Hubert Curien Auditorium, 10 cours des Alliés, 35000 Rennes
+ 33 (0)2 23 40 66 00

A figure of speech gone totally out of control or merely an exercise in esthetics, Giallo remains a spellbinding deviation in the history of popular cinema. The painstaking and polished lengths to which this symbolically-charged genre transformed graphically-heinous, blood-gushing crime scenes into metaphors for beauty bordering, at times, on fine art ran out of steam after but one season. A broader look into Italian genre cinema from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s will enable us to marvel the outlandish metamorphoses in a rare form of cinematography whose unrivaled vim continues to lure viewers into its ruthlessly brutal yet riveting lair.


Doug Headline was born near Paris in 1962. He started out at Charlie Mensuel before joining the ranks of Métal Hurlant in 1981 where his first comic scripts came to life. In 1987, he co-founded Éditions Zenda, a comics publishing house. From the 1990s onwards, he also worked in the cinema and television industries as director or screenwriter. Following the death of his father, Jean-Patrick Manchette, in 1995, he took it upon himself to republish posthumously a portion of the literary legacy his father left behind. In 2009, alongside Max Cabanes, he illustrated the end of his father’s ultimate work, a novel entitled La Princesse du sang (Ivory Pearl, Aire Libre). In 2014, Headline and Cabanes went at it again to adapt another Manchette mainstay, Fatale, and are set to unveil their version of Nada come October 2018.


Born in Bari in 1964, Massimo Semerano is a youth illustrator, comic book designer and screenwriter. He taught at the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts, and lives in Lille. His album, Les Langues de Chat, was backed by the Ministry of Culture (General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France, DGLFLF) and the City of Montreuil, and was awarded the 2014 European Language Label. He and Marco Nizzoli published Fondation Babel (Vertige Graphic) and the series, Les Enfants du Crépuscule (Les Humanoïdes Associés). He is currently concocting a new round of adventures with Doug Headline and Luana Vergari busy at work on the script.



The Beauty of Murder

Saturday, October 20, at 3:30 pm
Les Champs Libres
Hubert Curien Auditorium, 10 cours des Alliés, 35000 Rennes
Reservations advised: + 33 (0)2 23 40 66 00

Murder conjures up cold sweats just as much as it does curiosity. This is why we have seen it in myriad formats, be it a story, a painting, on stage or on screen. But to what extent is it even possible to depict the ultimate sin? What makes murder the duty artists owe to themselves to undertake? This year, the Court Métrange Festival will be sinking its teeth into the meaty matter of these questions by taking on Giallo, Italy’s motion-picture photography genre, where murder stirs up a lethal cocktail of horror and eroticism. Film director and Professor of Film Studies Hubert Blanchard alongside Professor of Philosophy and Member of the Breton Philosophy Society Kevin Cappelli will share their respective viewpoints on an excerpt from a film by the master of Giallo, Dario Argento.

Encounter inappropriate for children under 16.



Murder: Tackling the taboo, then and now

Monday, October 8 and 15 and Monday, November 5 and 12 at 6:00 pm
Donzelot Auditorium
2 rue Kléber, 35000 Rennes

Popular Philosophy Powwows
By Kévin Cappelli

In cultures, the illicit nature of murder is, no doubt, as present and pivotal as that of incest. That doesn’t make it any easier to analyze. Two questions will attempt to shed light on the issue: one on its normative legitimacy and the other on its anthropological significance. How can the murder taboo be defended when it is, at times, deemed valuable, even if only on an esthetic level? How is it that Mankind managed to instill such a taboo and kowtow to it when this taboo is supposedly meant to preempt any eventual man-made laws? There may very well be a mystery lingering behind this forbidden fruit that goes all the way back to the beginnings of human society, one tapping into the very depths of another form of original sin named murder and whose understanding requires outsiders to proceed with care and caution.

Rencontre déconseillée aux moins de 16 ans


Encounter with the filmmakers in competition

Saturday, October 20, at 2:30 pm
Café des Champs Libres


Friday, October 19 - 6:00 pm
Gaumont cinema - €6.50 and €5.50


Fabio Frizzi will share the ins and outs of the ‘making-of’ a film soundtrack, letting the public in on a few of the profession’s trade secrets, including the creative dimension and the balancing act between the artistic and technical elements. From a realistic angle, he will provide an overview into the day-to-day of those composers behind the scenes of the Silver Screen.

From screenplay analysis to production, not to mention a mutual respect between director and composer, every possible challenge inherent in film score creation will be addressed, including: spotting, syncing, arranging, composing, the art of aligning images with instrumentals, orchestral conducting and studio recordings.

The vast experience of Fabio Frizzi gave rise to these 10 commandments, which are both pieces of advice for future score composers and invaluable bits of insight and know-how for cinema enthusiasts.