By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The North Bend Film Festival, taking place in the Washington State town that played host to David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS, announced the full slate for its inaugural edition, and it includes some unique and unusual genre fare.
The fest, which runs August 23-26, is devoted to strange and singular cinema of all kinds. Joining the movies previously announced here is the closing-night presentation ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (pictured), making its West Coast premiere. John McPhail’s film is the first Christmas-set zombie/comedy/coming-of-age/musical, and is already winning raves. Also on the schedule, making their Pacific Northwest premieres, are PIERCING, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s follow-up to THE EYES OF MY MOTHER and based on a novel by AUDITION’s Ryu Murakami, about a man who gets more than he bargained before when he plots to murder a prostitute; and Michael Tully’s DON’T LEAVE HOME, in which the search for the truth behind a young girl’s disappearance leads to Eurohorror-style dread (Tully will attend the screening). Making its Washington premiere is TIME SHARE by Sebastian Hoffman, in which a father takes his family on a vacation that turns into a holiday from hell. For more on all the festival’s offerings, and to order tickets (which go on sale this Friday the 13th), head over to its official website.