About Dystopia

Dystopia | the Dark Side of Utopia | Thriller and Horror, Action and Revenge

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare

— Alfred Hitchcock

On the coast of Lake Geneva some 200 years ago, in a now iconic summer retreat, the mad scientist and vampire both came to be, and the science fiction and horror modern genres were both conceived.

Ever since, they evolve side by side, providing different perspectives on the human condition. Whereas science fiction examines specific fears, horror delves into fear itself, and in the words of master of horror Steven King, “makes up horrors to help us cope with the real ones”.

Dystopia is the dark side of the festival, our sidebar program for thriller, horror, action and revenge films.