Fantasia 2017: 10 Most Anticipated Festival Films
The Fantasia International Film Festival, now entering its 21st year in Montreal, is the largest and most influential genre festival in North America. Since its inception in 1996, the popular fest has displayed an emphasis on all varieties of genre offerings from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and many of our favorites have debuted at Fantasia.
The festival runs several weeks, jam packed with over 150 full features and over 300 short films. While the selections this year are amazing, and this is by no means the comprehensive list, here are 10 of films that we’re absolutely stoked to see:
“Anna (Birgit Minichmayr, seen in Maren Ade’s EVERYONE ELSE) and Nick (Philipp Hochmair, of THE EXPERIMENT) are going through a rough patch. The latter is having an affair with their neighbour Andrea (Mona Petri), while the former is faced with her partner’s infidelity, on top of suffering through a severe creative drought delaying her new novel. Both think they could use some time away, so the couple heads to the Alps in Switzerland, in the hopes that a nice stay at a vacation home might fix things. But what they encounter is stranger than anything they could have imagined: a collision with a sheep unleashes a series of unsettling experiences, and soon, neither Anna nor Nick are able to tell fact from fiction, night from day, jealousy from reality. Talking animals, rekindled frustrations and strange doppelgangers soon become the new norm…”
Co-written and directed by Greg Zglinski, Animals makes its Fantasia premiere July 16.
Written by Philippe Ivanusic, Davila LeBlanc, Peter Ricq, and directed by Peter Ricq, Dead Shack debuts at Fantasia on July 22.
Ok, plot, you had us at “corpse hanging by his penis.” If you need more than that to be sold, though, this horror comedy looks to push the envelope all while balancing humor with the macabre. Directed by Tony T. Datis, Le Manoir debuts at Fantasia on July 21.
The insane trailer already had us pumped. Written by Ryan Prows, Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Maxwell Michael Towson, and directed by Ryan Prows, Lowlife makes its mark on Fantasia on July 21. And we can’t wait.
Co-written by Grady Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here), Geoghegan’s sophomore directorial effort is not to be missed. Lucky Fantasia attendees can catch the world premiere on July 21.
Described as John Waters meets David Cronenberg and Lloyd Kaufman, you can bet this is one we’re anticipating. Graphic, vulgar, and more gore than Evil Dead? Yes, please! Written by Guillermo Guerrero and directed by Roberto San Sebastián, The Night of the Virgin makes its Fantasia debut on July 22.
A vampire clown versus idiot rent-a-cops? Uh. Yes please. This gory horror comedy was written by Dan DeLuca, Jamie Nash, and directed by Mitchell Altieri, and screens at Fantasia on August 2. That it’s already sold out is even more promising.
“Kira (Rebecca Forsythe) is young, beautiful and falling part. Prone to bouts of amnesia, she finds herself slowing starting to rot, her flesh drying up at an alarming rate with no explanation and little help from Dr. Rafaela Crober (Barbara Crampton!) and her revolutionary skin-care centre. Desperate for a solution, Kira discovers her dying skin can temporarily heal itself – with skin from another body. Suddenly, her search for perfect skin takes Kira away from moisturizers and lotions, and on a hunt for the perfect skin on the perfect body, even if it isn’t her own.”
Co-written by genre legend Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), and directed by Norbert Keil, this mind-bend is sure to be visually mesmerizing and worth a watch. The talented Barbara Crampton is a fantastic bonus. Replace makes its Canadian premiere on July 16.
Written by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski, and directed by newcomer Kevin Phillips, Super Dark Times has been taking the film festival circuit by storm with its moody, harrowing coming of age story. And we’re a sucker for the super dark. Super Dark Times screens at Fantasia on July 13.
After the massacre, she is captured and taken to a strange hospital housing only women dedicating their time to combat skills — and to social reintegration. Sook-hee is informed that she is pregnant, and that she will henceforth act as a sleeper agent for the government. Ten years of service, and she and her daughter are free. But in the field on an assassination mission, peering through her rifle’s scope, she discovers that her target is none other than Joong-sang. Betrayed on all sides, her vengeance will be devastating.”
That this adrenaline fueled thriller is opening the festival is a huge deal, and that it’s co-written and directed by Jung Byung-gil only furthers our anticipation. Violent, vicious, and innovative, we’re extremely excited for this The Villainess to make its North American premiere on July 13.