Are you intrigued by the unbelievable, the unusual, and the unexplained? If so, the International Fortean Film Festival’s 2022 edition, set for September 2 and 3 in Gloucester, U.K., should be your destination for high-strangeness cinema. From the supernatural to cryptozoology to alien life and far beyond, the fest has selected an outstanding array of narrative and documentary features and short films.
I can already attest to the hypnotic draw of writer/director Alexander Roman’s New Orleans-set occult mystery Cats of the Bayou (ASMR). Following are a few of the other highlights from the festival’s official selections that I am greatly looking forward to. For more information including the full list of official selections and ticket purchasing, visit https://www.forteanfilmfestival.com/.
PANTHERA BRITTANIA: Director Matt Everett’s documentary delves into the possibility of Alien Big Cats (ABCs) as the filmmaker lets experts and eyewitnesses have their say.
LADY OF THE LAKE: THE SEARCH FOR CHAMP: Champ is an aquatic cryptid said to inhabit Lake Champlain, and director Katy Elizabeth documents her search for the elusive beast in this film.
ST. BAPTISTE’S: Director John Williams said that his mockumentary comedy set in Blackpool, “follows the daily goings on of an evangelical church and the ‘Brothers and Sisters’ that work within it.”
STRANGE WATERS: This supernatural chiller from director Andy McLeod is just one of the alluring selections from the festival’s “Mysteries of the Deep” section.
THE BERLIN BRIDE: From the IMDB description of director Michael Bartlett’s film: “Two oddball Berliners discover the abandoned appendages of a mannequin. Separately, and with grotesque consequence, they come to terms with their disjointed mate. A near-silent, dreamlike tale inspired by the silent film era and the darker writings of Edgar Allan Poe and E.T.A Hoffmann.” Color me highly intrigued!