NIFFF – NEUCHÂTEL INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: JOHN HOWE THERE AND BACK AGAIN
Directed by Anders Banke and François Boetschi
NEUCHÂTEL – SALLE APOLLO 3
FRIDAY JULY 1ST 2005 16.OO pm
Fragile Pictures and Solid Entertainment present
A documentary film about the illustrator and artistic designer of the movie trilogy « The Lord of the Rings » :
With John Howe, Peter Jackson, Alan Lee and HR Giger
Born in Canada and currently living in Switzerland, John Howe is one of today’s most famous fantasy artists. His name is from now on closely linked to that of renowned New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson. From the moment of conception to the making of the films, John Howe has been one of the key players in this challenging adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel. This film tells the story of the artist’s life and work and invites the viewer on a fascinating trip into his world. A world built of stone quarried from myth, legend and history, but often constructed in landscapes and places where he has lived during his migratory life.
The viewer is taken on a journey in search of Howe’s inspirations, from the cathedral of Strasbourg to the Canton of Neuchâtel and the neighbouring French Jura, the real places that often provided settings for “The Lord of the Rings”.
The film explores the sometimes intangible border between fantasy and reality, how together they create a third universe, that of the artist. [NIFFF.CH]