With 6 feature films this summer, French genre cinema is doing well. Close-up on the fantastic, horror or science fiction films planned in our dark rooms.
The French production of genre films is on the rise as evidenced by the summer programming. Between May and June, no less than 6 French horror and science fiction films are released on our screens. First realizations or films staged by big names in French genre cinema.
And with the launch of labels specializing in the production of films in the Parasomnia (jointly launched by Sony Pictures and Moana Films) and Wild West (launched by Wild Bunch International and Capricci) genres, French genre cinema has a bright future ahead of it.
Discover in detail the six fantastic French feature films, horror or science fiction to see at the cinema this summer.
The Last Voyage
Released on May 19, 2021
Winner of the short film prize at the Audi Talents Awards in 2014 with The Last Voyage of the enigmatic Paul WR, the French director Romain Quirot adapts his long length 7 years later.
Worn by Hugo Becker (already showing on the short), the young Lya Oussadit-Lessert, Paul Hamy and Jean Reno, this ambitious science-fiction film takes place in the near future. A mysterious red moon is being exploited to the limit for its energy.
As it abruptly changes course and heads straight for Earth, Paul WR, the only astronaut capable of destroying it, refuses to accomplish this mission and disappears. Relentlessly hunted down, Paul crosses paths with Elma, a teenage girl with an explosive temperament who will accompany him on his escape.
At the crossroads of Mad Max and Blade Runner, Le Dernier Voyage is a major French film set in a post-apocalyptic world. The many special effects were designed by Digital District and the film was shot in Morocco.
During the promotion of the film, Romain Quirot explained to us the difficulties he went through to be able to edit his film. “Coming up and putting forward a film like that was crazy. But I wanted to go all the way. I was like, ‘You can’t complain and say that you don’t see enough genre films in France, if it’s to finally align yourself with others. ‘ It is fundamental that a generation tries things. “
A mastered and poetic French SF film to be discovered in theaters.
Released on May 26, 2021
Three years after Hostile, the French filmmaker Mathieu Turi returns with Meander, a sci-fi thriller worn by Gaia Weiss (Vikings, The Revolution) and Peter Franzen (Vikings). In the tradition of Cube, the film follows a young woman, who after getting into a stranger’s car, wakes up in a tube. On his wrist, a bracelet indicates a countdown. She must escape from these tunnels full of deadly traps.
Presented in several genre film festivals, including the virtual edition of Sitges, the feature film draws its inspiration from video games. A big fan of Hideo Kojima’s work, Mathieu Turi admits to having drawn some references in the imagery of Death Stranding.
The filming of Meander was a real technical challenge since it was necessary to film Gaïa Weiss in constant movement in a long pipe.
During an interview with AlloCiné the director explains: “We had to invent a whole system of machinery, sometimes even for a single shot! For example, for the long moving shots facing and back to Gaïa Weiss, the camera was installed in a sort of cage on wheels, the whole topped by a very long metal bar.“
The actress, who constantly had a camera stuck to her face, also gave her all for this physical role in order to make her character believable.
An effective and scary genre film.
Release scheduled for June 16, 2021
Noticed with his short films Ses Souffles et Acide, shortlisted for the César, the French director Just Philippot goes long with The Cloud.
The film follows Virginie, a single mother farmer who tries to save her farm from bankruptcy. She then launched headlong into the business of edible grasshoppers. But little by little, her children no longer recognize her: Virginie seems to develop a strange obsessive bond with insects …
Led by Suliane Brahim, member of the Comédie-Française, which the public was able to discover in the France 2 Zone Blanche series, the feature film is a tasty mix between drama and fantasy. He also won the Critics’ Prize and the Audience Prize during the virtual edition of the Gérardmer 2021 Fantastic Film Festival.
For the purposes of filming, thousands of grasshoppers (actually migratory locusts) were required. As for the digital effects, they were supervised by Antoine Moulineau, who worked extensively across the Atlantic on blockbusters like Avatar, John Carter and The Dark Knight.
Coming from the 1st edition of the So Film Authors’ Residences, La Nués is brilliantly staged. Just Philippot raises the tension as the obsessive bond between Virginie and her insects strengthens.
Released on June 23, 2021
After having gone through documentaries and short films, the French filmmaker Baptiste Rouveure directed his first fictional feature, Les Animaux anonyme. Behind this enigmatic title hides an idea as strange as it is captivating. What if animals seized power from men? The hunted then become the hunters …
Over seventy-five years after George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, the director fantasizes a world in which human beings are reduced to cattle. It offers a dark and more current look at animal suffering, a subject at the heart of contemporary society.
Barely an hour long, this film without dialogue is set in a deserted and hazy countryside and follows two intrigues in parallel: the arrival of a group of people in a slaughterhouse and the fate of a man, attached to a chain, collected on the side of the road …
By reversing the roles, the film manages to accurately transcribe the feelings of fear and vulnerability felt by animals when they are trapped. An original work committed to the limit of the experimental.
The Deep House
Release June 30, 2021
The summer of 2021 will mark the return of the French director duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury with The Deep House. After traumatizing French spectators with Inside in 2007, the tandem tried the American experiment with Leatherface, which looked back on the origins of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre killer.
The filmmakers are back today with their new feature film shot almost without special effects. Carried by Camille Rowe and James Jagger (Mick Jagger’s son), the feature film follows a young couple specializing in urbex (urban exploration).
They decide to go explore a famous haunted house that was buried under an artificial lake. But the house seems to close in on them and the couple find themselves trapped in this place full of the darkest stories …
The directors had a house built in a huge tank of water in order to shoot in real conditions. The team and the actors thus turned while being completely immersed.
Thrills guaranteed for this major French work.
Release June 30, 2021
Successfully passed the Deauville American Film Festival and the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival where he received the Jury Prize, Teddy is an atypical French genre film that mixes comedy and fantasy.
Directed by the brothers Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma (Willy 1er co-directed with Marielle Gautier and Hugo P. Thomas), the feature film follows Teddy, a young man of 19 without a diploma who works in a massage parlor. His girlfriend Rebecca soon graduated and seems to have a bright future. For them, it’s an ordinary summer ahead.
But one full moon evening, Teddy is scratched by an unknown beast. During the following weeks, he was seized with curious animal impulses …
At first funny, the film gradually turns into horror and offers a reflection on the monstrosity, which does not always take the most expected form. Led by Anthony Bajon, awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018 for The Prayer, the newcomer Christine Gautier and Noémie Lvovsky, Teddy is a horror film set in the rural world.
The film is supported by the Cannes 2020 label. Note that the director duo will be filming L’Année du Requin this summer, another genre film in which a shark wreaks havoc in the Arcachon Basin.