Here at Gruesome Magazine, we love Fantasia and all the genre films from across the globe that it brings to the spotlight. While we may never have had the pleasure of attending personally, we have been a part of the festival from a remote capacity. The films the festival includes are certain to be one we will talk about for months and years to come. The Fantasia International Film Festival runs July 13, 2017 thru August 2, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. The festival has announced its first wave of films and it is going to be another fantastic year! The full 2017 lineup will be announced on July 5, 2017. Check out www.fantasiafestival.com for more information. For now, read on, Grue-Believers and be amazed.
FANTASIAâ€™S 21st EDITION TO FEATURE NUMEROUS WORLD PREMIERES, CANNES SENSATIONS, AND NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS!
Montreal, June 13, 2017 – The Fantasia International Film Festival celebrates its 21st Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 13-August 2, with its FrontiÃ¨res International Co-Production Market and Industry Rendez-Vous Weekend being held July 20-23. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5. In the meantime, the festival is excited to reveal a selected First Wave of titles, along with several special happenings.
UNVEILING OUR 2017 POSTER ART!
In celebration of Montrealâ€™s 375th anniversary, veteran Fantasia artist Donald Caron has created a visual love letter to our city with a piece that truly speaks for itself. VoilÃ !
A POWERFUL OPENING NIGHT WITH JUNG BYUNG-GIL’S THE VILLAINESS and TAKASHI MIIKE’S JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE
Fantasia 2017 will start with a thunderous smash! After leaving the Cannes audience absolutely mesmerized with its groundbreaking and spectacular fight scenes and Kim Ok-vinâ€™s ferocious, yet poignant interpretation, Jung Byung-gil’s action thriller THE VILLAINESS (North American Premiere) will be the Opening Film of this year’s edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Following this astonishing jolt of raw adrenaline, who else than the Grand Maestro of international genre cinema could keep the pace? Fantasia favorite Takashi Miike, who received a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award last year, will once again please his hordes of Montreal fans with the exuberant JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE (North American Premiere), masterfully adapted from Hirohiko Kitakubo’s cult manga and featuring a stellar cast led by Kento Yamazaki.
A GLORIOUS CINEMATOGRAPHIC CONCERT: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS
Following our past live performance events of METROPOLIS and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Gabriel Thibaudeau and Fantasia are re-teaming for a presentation of a unique cinematographic concert of Paul Leniâ€™s 1928 classic THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, rightfully recognized as an early masterpiece of horror cinema. Thibaudeauâ€™s original score for the film, which has been performed worldwide over the past 20 years, from Paris to SÃ£o Paulo, Tokyo to New York, will be interpreted live by a nine-piece orchestra under the direction of the composer, featuring the Quatuor Molinari. Do not miss this true homage to silent cinemaâ€™s golden age!
THRILL TO THE RETURN OF GELA BABLUANI AT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MONEYâ€™S MONEY
MIND GAME MASTERMIND MASAAKI YUASA RETURNS WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO NEW FEATURES
Fantasiaâ€™s Axis Section presents two new animated films by Japanâ€™s Yuasa Masaaki, who will attend the festival in person. Masaakiâ€™s 2004 opus MIND GAME, showcasing his free-spirited sensibility, remains an all-time animated highlight of the festivalâ€™s programming history. First up, a wild jumble of characters and events that come together on one strange night in Kyoto, in the madcap, musical romantic comedy NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (International Premiere). And then thereâ€™s LU OVER THE WALL (North American Premiere) â€“ boy meets mermaid in this manic anime mash-up of Gothic folklore, wild fantasy, and feelgood teenage J-pop jams!
A SPECIAL SCREENING OF LUC BESSONâ€™S VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
LIKE NOTHING YOUâ€™VE SEEN BEFORE: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF LOWLIFE
The lives of an addict, a Luchador, a cartel organ smuggler, and an ex-con collide in this wildly original crime/drama/blacker-than-black comedy/thriller thatâ€™s as informed by Mexican subcultures as it is by American cinema. A ferocious feature debut by Ryan Prows, LOWLIFE is one of the most gobsmacking crime film discoveries that weâ€™ve come across in years. Beg, cheat, or steal to be at our World Premiere and witness the birth of an unforgettable instant classic.
A BRAND NEW TALENT FROM SOUTH KOREA WILL BLOW YOUR MIND WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF A DAY
Director Cho Sun-ho amazes with his masterfully crafted first feature film A DAY (International Premiere), which tells the story of a famous doctor stuck in a time loop where he must try to save his daughter from a fatal car accident over and over again. Going far beyond the GROUNDHOG DAY concept in terms of emotional implication and unpredictable twists, this riveting thriller will keep you on the very edge of your seat! Cho Sun-ho is definitely a name to remember!
INSTINCT AND TRANSGRESSION: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF FRIENDLY BEAST
Fantasia is proud to be presenting the World Premiere of FRIENDLY BEAST, a bold and brilliant feature debut from Brazilian writer/director Gabriela Amaral Almeida. Easily one of the most provocative works youâ€™ll encounter this year, the film concerns a restaurant owner going over the edge when an armed robbery is attempted at his establishment. He holds everyone captive at gunpoint â€“ criminals and customers alike â€“ and situations corrode into a nightmare state, guided by manipulation and raw compulsion.
SCALPS WILL BLEED AT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MOHAWK
Ted Geogheganâ€™s sophomore feature, following 2015â€™s acclaimed WE ARE STILL HERE, confronts audiences with a very different kind of horror: our collective history. Set in 1814, MOHAWK tells the white-knuckle tale of two young Mohawk warriors and their British lover pursued by murderous American military renegades Hell-bent on blind revenge, and features a striking ensemble cast that includes Kaniehtiio Horn, Eamon Farren, Ezra Buzzington, Jonathan Huber (WWE Superstar Luke Harper), and Noah Segan. History often hurts, but sometimes it hits hard enough to kill.
CAMERA LUCIDA UNVEILS THE LAPLACEâ€™S DEMON AND MORE!
DISCOVER CAMBODIAN ACTION CINEMA AT THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF JAILBREAK
Years ago, Thailand gave the world ONG BAK. Then Indonesia surprised us with THE RAID. This year, itâ€™s Cambodiaâ€™s turn to redefine the limits of action cinema with spectacular stunts and breathtaking fights at an unrelenting, frenetic pace. Explosively directed by Jimmy Henderson, JAILBREAK highlights the beauty and the know-how of a national cinema worth discovering. Donâ€™t miss this!
YOLO! FANTASIA EXPLODES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, the hilarious feature debut of Spanish stunt coordinator Federico Cueva, who has worked extensively on the films of Alex de la Iglesia and Santiago Segura, is an explosive action/comedy that sees a framed con man (Peter Lanzani) having to impersonate an orthodox Jew in order to escape ruthless killers – played by Segura, Gerard Depardieu, and Hugo Silva! Fantasia offers you the chance to be the first to see this incredible actioner outside its home country!
A BLAST WHICHEVER WAY YOU SLICE IT: GINTAMA MAKES ITS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT!
Fantasia favorite Yuichi Fukuda (HK: FORBIDDEN SUPERHERO) is back, with his biggest film yet: GINTAMA, based on Hideaki Sorachiâ€™s long-running, best-selling shonen manga series â€“ adapted to the big screen in all its comedic, swashbuckling, fourth-wall-breaking glory! Fukuda runs completely wild with the mangaâ€™s many sight gags and extravagant costumes, in what proves to be at once a must for diehard fans and a treat for manga enthusiasts in general; a crash-course in live-action done right!
STRONGER THAN PRAYERS: THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF STEFAN RUZOWITZKYâ€™S COLD HELL
From the Oscar-winning director of THE COUNTERFEITERS and the ANATOMIE films comes the crushingly intense COLD HELL – a film that crackles with elements of Giallo, horror, thriller, and full-throttle action cinema, anchored with powerful doses of socio-political confrontation. A tough-as-nails Turkish taxi driver (Violetta Schurawlow) in Vienna witnesses a murder and finds herself stalked by a fundamentalist serial killer inspired by Islam. After a lifetime of being under siege, sheâ€™s not about to run from anyone. What follows is anything but the usual cat and mouse formula, as ideology and hate clash up against ferocious, end-of-the-rope anger.
GET ELECTRIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF DAN DREAM
Danish madmen Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam became a comedy team for the ages in the unforgettable KLOWN series – the first film having won a Cheval Noir at Fantasia, where it had its North American Premiere. Now, theyâ€™re together again, as co-writers and stars, in Jesper Rofeltâ€™s DAN DREAM, an â€˜80s-set comedy about a group of eccentric men striving to make an electric car. Fantasiaâ€™s audience will be the very first to see the film outside of Denmark. Get excited!
POLITICS GET FUNNY WITH TEIICHI: BATTLE OF THE SUPREME HIGH
If Nicolas Machiavelli would’ve written a comic book with an edgy sense of humor, it would look like Usamaru Furuya’s manga Teiichi no Kuni. Akira Nagai, director of the Fantasia 2016 success IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD, adapts this witty mix of political satire and coming of age story without falling one second into outrageous cynicism. With a dynamic performance from actor Masaki Suda who bring just enough humanity to his aspiring politician character, TEIICHI: BATTLE OF THE SUPREME HIGH (North American Premiere) is the perfect film to maintain a bit of sanity in today’s political context.
BRIGSBY BEAR COMES TO CANADA
After celebrating its World Premiere at Sundance and its European launch at Cannes (Criticâ€™s Week), Dave McCaryâ€™s extraordinary BRIGSBY BEAR will have its Canadian bow at Fantasia. Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Co-starring Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, and Greg Kinnear, BRIGSBY BEAR is an inventive and touching outsider comedy about the power of storytelling that easily ranks among the most charming films youâ€™ll encounter this year.
CHINAâ€™S FIRST WORLD-CLASS INDIE ANIMATOR, LIU JIAN, WANTS YOU TO HAVE A NICE DAY
Liu Jianâ€™s award-winning 2010 debut, PIERCING 1, marked him as Chinaâ€™s first world-class independent animator, and established an austere, understated visual style and caustic social commentary that has carried through to his latest. Making its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia 2017, Liuâ€™s bold second feature, the Berlinale breakout HAVE A NICE DAY is a bitter, bitingly funny slice of low-key neo-noir, in which a memorable bunch of nobodies chase a bag of cash and strike hopeless bargains with fate.
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.
Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
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