DER FAN (AKA TRANCE)

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Director: Eckhart Schmidt | West Germany | 1982 | 92 mins

Disturbed teen Simone is a fantasist who spends much of her time writing fan letters to ‘R’, a Gary Numan-esque synth pop star. Every day she awaits the postman for a reply but one never comes. As her obsessive fandom intensifies, Simone resolves to meet her idol, tracking him down to the recording of a television special in Berlin. In her mind, if she can only make R aware of her devotion, then her love will be reciprocated and they’ll live happily ever after. Unfortunately when they finally meet, R treats Simone like every other doe-eyed groupie, sleeping with her before rejecting her. But Simone is not like the others, and when her dreams of love are shattered, her madness overflows in an explosion of violence. With a phenomenal central performance by Désirée Nosbusch, Der Fan is one of the most chilling portrayals of psychotic teenage obsession ever committed to film.

We are pleased to announce that Kier-La Janisse, renowned author of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN (which features DER FAN, available from FAB PRESS) will join us to introduce this rare screening. Kier-La will also have copies of her book for sale after the screening.

Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal, Canada. She is the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical, and is a film curator for Fantastic Fest and SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, and the POP Montreal International Music Festival, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) and the Big Smash! Music-on-Film Festival (both in Vancouver) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Rue Morgueand Fangoria magazines, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) andDestroy All Movies!! A Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012).

Screening with:

ANGST, PISS & DRID

Director: Fredrik Hana | Norway | 2012 | 19 mins

The complicated love between two serial killers.

Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal, Canada. She is the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical, and is a film curator for Fantastic Fest and SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, and the POP Montreal International Music Festival, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) and the Big Smash! Music-on-Film Festival (both in Vancouver) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Rue Morgueand Fangoria magazines, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) andDestroy All Movies!! A Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012).