2018 NEUCHÂTEL Youth Award

Gaining a swarm of followers with It Follows, David Gordon Green diverts audiences from thrills to suspense with a psychedelic neo-noir appropriate for the 21st century youth. With countless references to Hitchcock and popular culture, Under the Silver Lake according to Green is "an exploration of this dark and warped fantasy version" of LA. The film follows deadbeat Sam whose greatest achievement is his voyeurism. When his beautiful and mysterious neighbour Sarah suddenly disappears, Sam decides to find her in every fancy party in town, meeting models and a variety of oddballs. Andrew Garfield is present in almost all the shots of this entertaining and upbeat crime-mystery that features murder, graphic novels, serial dog killers, global conspiracies, and a striking soundtrack which includes tracks from Violent Femmes and REM.