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Mexico City film festival creates new screening category for weird movies

February 18, 2009 |  8:58 am

The International Festival of Contemporary Cinema launched in Mexico City on Tuesday, and according to The News, there are five films on the program that are "so bizarre, so completely outside any conventional genre, that it appears organizers liked them, but couldn't figure out what to do with them."

So a category called "11:59" was created for the five films, which will be screened one minute before midnight because of "interest, audience and the intensity of their content."

Those five unusual films, accompanied by their trailers, are:

"Mártires" (Martyrs), a French horror movie written and directed by Pascal Laugier (even the trailer is not for the fainthearted).

"Vinyan," directed by Fabrice Du Welz, in which a French couple search for their son in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

"Angeles e idiotas" (Idiots & Angels), an animated feature by Illustrator-artist-director Bill Plympton.

"Låt den rätte komma in" (Let the Right One In): What's more terrifying than a Scandinavian children's love story? The answer, probably, is this film, in which the little girl is a vampire, writes the News.

"El Bueno, El Malo y El Raro" (The Good, the Bad and the Weird, or Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom) -- a Korean Western.

You can find screening times for the whole festival and other information here on the event's website.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City