Popcorn Frights Reveals Titles For Virtual Side of Florida Festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival begins August fifth with the World Premiere of Quebec zombie function Mind Freeze— following the August 4th particular occasion screening of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in celebration of the pageant— and ends on August twenty fifth with newly introduced closing movie, Takashi Miike’s hotly-anticipated The Nice Yokai Struggle – Guardians.

Right here’s the complete press launch as a result of there’s a ton of information:


The honour of Closing Movie belongs to the good Takashi Miike (AUDITION, 13 ASSASSINS), a relentless but all the time stunning presence within the pageant’s lengthy historical past. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR – GUARDIANS, a sequel to THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which opened Fantasia in 2006, plunges the viewers into the fairy-tale world of pleasant Japanese demons that overflows with creativity. With its kaiju references, unifying story, festive environment, love for fashionable tradition, and spectacular path from the pageant’s favorite filmmaker, it’s the right film to shut out this twenty fifth anniversary. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE.


In director Vincent Grashaw’s Southern Gothic nightmare WHAT JOSIAH SAW, an estranged household grapples with the sins of the previous… yanking the skeletons proper out of their closet, kicking and screaming all the way in which! The superlative forged contains Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl, Kelli Garner, Tony Hale, Scott Haze and Jake Weber. It’s this 12 months’s THE DARK AND THE WICKED. WORLD PREMIERE.


In his first image because the Cannes choice THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL, Lee Received-tae returns with the masterfully directed THE DEVIL’S DEAL. What begins as a essential political satire escalates right into a white-hot thriller wherein corruption, insider buying and selling, and arranged crime run the present. Main a superb forged, actor Cho Jin-woong (ME AND ME) delivers among the finest performances of his profession, portraying with disarming naturalism the a number of aspects of an bold and tortured politician, as endearing as he’s

loathsome, whose life actually relies on his election. With its immersive rating, fascinating plot, and intelligent twists, THE DEVIL’S DEAL is a must-see. WORLD PREMIERE.

A FEROCIOUS BRITISH CRIME THRILLER THAT CHARGES LIKE A BULL A feared gang enforcer (Neil Maskell, KILL LIST), vanished for ten years, returns to hunt the mobsters he as soon as ran with in BULL, the ferocious British revenge thriller from BAFTA-winner Paul Andrew Williams (LONDON TO BRIGHTON). A brutal and subversive work that incessantly performs out like a horror movie, stunningly executed and grounded by well-scripted characters, with a forged that features Tamzin Outhwaite (EASTENDERS) and David Hayman (TABOO, SID AND NANCY) in a daunting flip that ranks with the strongest of British mobster portrayals. WORLD PREMIERE.

TOKYO REVENGERS IS AN ALL-OUT STREET FIGHT TO SAVE THE FUTURE Takemichi may have an opportunity to alter the long run – if he can survive his personal previous! A jawbreaking, juvenile delinquent avenue battle royale mixed with a high-stakes time journey

thriller and dashes of adolescent angst and romantic comedy, TOKYO REVENGERS is the live-action function adaptation of Ken Wakui’s enormously fashionable award-winning manga of the identical identify. Director Tsutomu Hanabusa (KAKEGURUI 1 and a couple of, additionally at Fantasia this 12 months) succeeds mightily at adapting this advanced science-fiction story; amid a barrage of bloody, brutal hoodlum battles, he nonetheless finds room for the sweetness of past love. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE.


A memory-shredding neurochemical permeates the environment like airborne dementia, however secure inside an hermetic glasshouse a household preserves their previous by rituals of collective reminiscence. Sensual and savage, GLASSHOUSE weaves points of dystopian science fiction with notes of folks horror and perverse, brooding, Gothic melodrama to craft a taught existential story that in the end explores the significance of storytelling and reminiscence. It’s a shocking function debut from South African filmmaker Kelsey Egan, starring Adrienne Pearce, Jessica Alexander, Anja Taljaard, and Hilton Pelser. WORLD PREMIERE.


Freshly arrived from Tokyo to a fading village within the Japanese countryside, Akira turns into fascinated with an remoted woman who’s obsessive about a crop circle in her grandfather’s fields. This multi-layered, sci-fi coming-of-age story by first-time director Yoichi Narita is a real gem with a blinding narrative. The majestic, wealthy cinematography, which highlights the magnificent rural landscapes, and even handed use of music recall Shunji Iwai’s masterpiece ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU. FOLLOW THE LIGHT will go away a long-lasting impression with its smooth visible splendour and delicate storytelling. WORLD PREMIERE.

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER IN THE CRIME FAMILY SAGA IDA RED Midwest filmmaker John Swab (LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR) returns to Fantasia with IDA RED, a propulsive, gripping, crime thriller that escalates his profession to the large leagues. Forged-as-criminals Josh Hartnett, Frank Grillo, and Melissa Leo (as a contemporary Ma Barker) have by no means been higher. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

THE TRANSGRESSIVE HORROR EXPERIENCE OF THE DECADE: THE SADNESS In an alternate model of Taiwan, a quickly spreading pandemic abruptly mutates right into a rabies-like affliction, and the contaminated discover themselves unable to manage their id. A nightmare imaginative and prescient steeped in unspeakably upsetting moments of violence, Rob Jabbaz’s THE SADNESS performs like a return to the no-holds-barred shock sensibilities of ’90s Hong Kong Class III movies. Electrified with an existential concern that punches spikes of panic vitality straight into your nervous system, and informed with unbelievable model, THE SADNESS is a power to be reckoned with. Fantasia is proud to be bringing this excessive horror rollercoaster to North American shores, sizzling off its bow at Locarno. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

ALL HAIL PRODUCTION I.G’S ANIME FANTASY EPIC THE DEER KING! Following its world premiere at Annecy, and forward of theatrical launch in Japan, comes the extremely anticipated THE DEER KING, co-directed by anime veterans Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji. Primarily based on the books by bestselling Japanese fantasy writer Nahoko Uehashi, the epic saga of the legendary warrior Damaged Antler Van involves life with the peerless requirements of high quality we anticipate from the studios of Manufacturing I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). Elegant and exacting design and animation seamlessly pair with Uehashi’s sturdy world-building and compelling conflicts to create a transporting animated otherworldly story. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

DON’T SAY ITS NAME IS A SNOW-SET, INDIGENOUS HORROR FOR OUR TIMES When an environmental activist is known as again to the world of the dwelling after a suspicious accident takes her life, an historic spirit is reborn outdoors a small northern city. With a wealth of Indigenous expertise each in entrance of and behind the digicam, DON’T SAY ITS NAME, the eerie function debut from director/co-writer Rueben Martell, builds its chills with compellingly actual characters and robust performances from Madison Walsh (SOMETHING UNDONE), Sera-Lys McArthur (OUTLANDER), Samuel Marty (GODLESS), Carla Fox, and Julian Black-Antelope (HOLD THE DARK). WORLD PREMIERE.

HAVING FUN IS ALL THAT MATTERS IN GRAND BLUE DREAMING Caught in a surreal, nudist loop someplace between GROUNDHOG DAY and MEMENTO, two younger males find yourself trapped in a scuba diving membership stuffed with muscular occasion animals and fairly women with a mood. Primarily based on a well-liked manga collection, GRAND BLUE DREAMING, by Tsutomu Hanabusa (TOKYO REVENGERS), is as bizarre as it’s hilarious. Astonishingly fast-paced and loaded with politically incorrect humour, this wild comedy additionally finds moments of calmness with stunning and stress-free underwater photographs. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

CROSS INTO THE DEEP HOUSE FOR IMMERSIVE UNDERWATER HAUNTS Two daredevil Youtubers with a ardour for deserted city edifices movie themselves as they take a deep dive into the underside of a lake the place there lies a mysterious home with a sinister previous. Award-winning French style maestros Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (INSIDE, KANDISHA) show quite a few filmic abilities with this clever discovered footage model function. The immersive darkness, the floating strangeness, THE DEEP HOUSE takes us down and additional down, from mere unfamiliar discomfort to absolute and unfathomable terror. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.


A wave of murders hits the town and, lurking within the shadows, a killer has simply recognized his new prey – a deaf lady. South Korea has turn out to be the go-to supply for followers of darkish, intense, unpredictable thrillers that ship cutthroat rigidity, and Kwon Oh-seung’s debut function MIDNIGHT follows on this custom. A breathless story boasting hallucinatory sound design that relishes in testing the nerves of even probably the most seasoned viewers. CANADIAN PREMIERE.


A brother and sister face off towards a mysterious power liable for years of devastating misfortunes in WHEN I CONSUME YOU, a haunting new work from award-winning indie filmmaker Perry Blackshear. Reuniting with Evan Dumouchel, MacLeod Andrews, and Margaret Ying Drake, the core appearing trio of his earlier movies THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE and THE SIREN, Blackshear and his group dole out highly effective blows of tragedy, devastation, and private wrestle whereas a demonic determine looms simply out of focus, yellow eyes burning within the background. WORLD PREMIERE.

A SEPTET OF LEGENDARY FILMMAKERS PAYS TRIBUTE TO HONG KONG A sifu hardens his college students with “Train” in Sammo Hung’s evocation of childhood. Ann Hui levels a stirring tribute to Hong Kong educators in “Headmaster.” Patrick Tam Kar-Ming depicts the emigration of Hong Kongers by the use of an impressionistic love story, “Tender is the Evening.” Grasp motion choreographer and director Yuen Woo-ping addresses generational divides within the 90s with “Homecoming.” Johnnie To particulars the town’s capitalistic hustle in “Bonanza.” The increasing harbour opens the floodgates of reminiscence in Ringo Lam’s posthumous movie “Astray,” and the last decade to come back is evoked by Tsui Hark’s futuristic, tongue-in-cheek nearer “Dialog in Depth.” An distinctive omnibus involves us at a vital time in Hong Kong historical past, SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG reunites seven legendary Hong Kong administrators for a heartfelt challenge composed of non-public, resonant tales. QUEBEC PREMIERE.


A combined Indigenous ex-boxer infiltrates the intercourse trafficking world seeking her lacking sister on this ferocious thriller propelled by a commanding efficiency from WBA Tremendous Light-weight Champion Kali “Ok.O. Mequinonoag” Reis. Pulverizing with fury and grief, CATCH THE FAIR ONE is the end result of a four-year collaboration with director Josef Kubota Wladyka (MANOS SUCIAS), who co-wrote along with his star. As a lot a hard-hitting revenge thriller as it’s a private interpretation of true crimes, the movie addresses North America’s horrific disaster of lacking and murdered Indigenous girls with urgency. Co-produced by Darren Aronofsky and 2021 Oscar-winner Mollye Asher (NOMADLAND) and winner of the Viewers Award for Greatest Narrative Function on the 2021 Tribeca Movie Pageant. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE.

FROM ARGENTINA, HORROR AND MYSTERY CONVERGE ON THE 3RD DAY The most recent from Argentinean director Daniel de la Vega (WHITE COFFIN) and manufacturing home Del Toro Movies (South America’s reply to Hammer Studios), ON THE 3RD DAY follows an anguished mom (Mariana Anghileri) looking for her lacking son, and the lacking reminiscence of what occurred on the evening of a horrible automobile accident. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE.


From director David Bruckner (THE RITUAL, THE SIGNAL) comes THE NIGHT HOUSE. Reeling from the sudden loss of life of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Corridor) is left alone within the lakeside dwelling he constructed for her. She tries as finest she will be able to to maintain it collectively – however then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the home calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly attract. In opposition to the recommendation of her associates, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, craving for solutions. What she finds are secrets and techniques each unusual and disturbing – a thriller she’s decided to unravel. THE NIGHT HOUSE stars Rebecca Corridor (GODZILLA VS. KONG), Sarah Goldberg (Barry, Elementary), Vondie Curtis Corridor (DIE HARD 2, EVE’S BAYOU), Evan Jonigkeit (Togetherish, Sweetbitter), and Stacy Martin (VOX LUX, NYMPHOMANIAC). CANADIAN PREMIERE.


Close to-future Manila is now a “good” world; the highly effective forces maintain it so, totally hidden from view but urgent down subconsciously and oppressively on the residents. With rumoured blackouts occurring across the metropolis previous midnight, the one refuge turns into government-sanctioned “secure homes” scattered round Manila. Whereas many imagine them to be a hoax, the reality of what they cowl up could also be one thing far worse. Taking its title from a DJ Shadow reduce, and unfolding with an air of Philip Ok. Dickian strangeness, Dodo Dayao’s (VIOLATOR) long-awaited sophomore effort MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD is, like his earlier movie, a uniquely savvy and nightmarish journey befitting the world’s ongoing dystopian scenario, and one which cements Dayao’s distinctive voice in impartial Filipino cinema. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

The Digicam Lucida part provides this remaining title to its competitors, together with the next choice of quick and medium-length movies: AQUATIC BIRD (China – Dir. Zhang Nan); BORN PISCES (Japan – Dir. Yoko Yamanaka); DEATH VALLEY (United States – Dir. Grace Sloan); DOUBLE HELIX (China – Dir. Qiu Sheng); NOSES ON THE RUN (South Korea – Dir. Kim Boram) and TAIPEI SUICIDE STORY (Taiwan – Dir. KEFF).


Fantasia Underground sheds mild on the furthest corners of cinephilia, showcasing movies created by eccentric and transgressive artists working outdoors of the mainstream

Step apart John Hughes and relinquish your crown as a result of coming-of-age, teen romance won’t ever fairly be the identical after BABY, DON’T CRY! Directed by Jesse Dvorak and written, designed, and starring Zita Bai, this astoundingly distinctive and harrowingly honest movie follows Child, a Chinese language immigrant in suburban Seattle, as she is smart of her troubled dwelling life and outsider existence by her indie DIY movies and animalistic visions of the world. When she meets Fox (Vas Provatakis), a Skid Row punk with questionable decision-making abilities, a whirlwind of depth, ferocity, and sexuality engulfs the pair. Teetering between Child’s fantastical visions and Fox’s uncooked punk rock ethos the 2 dive into this powder keg romance headfirst with no-holds-barred. WORLD PREMIERE.

Are you prepared for an orgy of blood? FRANK & ZED, one of many 12 months’s goriest movies, guarantees simply that. On this bloodthirsty, bone-crunching, and surprisingly heartwarming film, an odd-couple monster-duo Frank and Zed, a Frankenstein-type monster and his brain-eating companion, try and survive a medieval curse that has befallen a small village. And did we point out they’re all puppets? A real DIY ardour challenge, conceived and revamped 6 years, director Jesse Blanchard seizes a possibility born from limitation to create an irresistible crowd-pleaser that embodies the resilience of thriving underground cinema. QUEBEC PREMIERE.

Welcome to GIVING BIRTH TO A BUTTERFLY, the unusual, melodic, and haunting function debut of Theodore Schaefer. After having her id stolen, Diana (Annie Parisse) goes on a surreal street journey along with her son’s pregnant girlfriend, Marlene (Gus Birney), to seek out the perpetrators. Shot on pastel-toned 16mm, the movie’s dreamy high quality lulls you into its uncommon environment. Because the strains between waking and dreaming life fade, the film blends its ironic sense of humour with a novel mix of American surrealism that explores kitsch and efficiency to unearth a deep sense of alienation and loneliness. WORLD PREMIERE.

In 1989, Stephen Sayadian, aka Rinse Dream, launched one of the iconic and fantastical works in American exploitation cinema. For the primary time since its launch, due to a brand new restoration, it’ll lastly discover its viewers and retroactively be appreciated because the Underground masterpiece that it’s. Weird, gorgeous, goofy, and unsettling, DR. CALIGARI embraces the avant-garde in its beautiful and hilarious exploitation of America’s repressed libido. Because the movie’s title would possibly counsel, the function is a free remake of the German expressionist traditional, centered on

Mrs. Van Houten, a girl who appears to be dropping contact with actuality, and her therapy underneath Dr. Caligari, who diagnoses her with a “illness of the libido.”


In honour of the restoration of his seminal underground traditional DR. CALIGARI, Stephen Sayadian will sit down and focus on his profession; previous, current, and future. The multi-talented artist acquired his begin because the artistic director for Larry Flynt Publications, designed a number of the most iconic movie posters of the Nineteen Eighties (together with DRESSED TO KILL, THE FUNHOUSE and THE FOG), and directed a number of the most eye-popping and transgressive movies of the period. Working underneath the pseudonym Rinse Dream, Sayadian’s movies, together with CAFÉ FLESH and NIGHTDREAMS II & III) blurred the road between smut and artwork. Working in each arduous and softcore porn, his surreal movies have been constantly marked by a darkish sense of humour, unbelievable manufacturing design, and hallucinatory imagery. For the primary time at Fantasia, Sayadian will regale our audiences with the tales and legends from his unbelievable profession and tease what would possibly come subsequent.

A digital gallery of a few of Sayadian’s finest work may even be offered through the pageant for beginner and veteran followers of his artwork. Offered in collaboration with BBAM! Gallery.



Navigating by the lives of outsiders and exploring their fascinating minds, the Documentaries From The Edge part — curated by newly appointed part director Celia Pouzet and programmer Alyssia Duval-Nguon — disrupts the codes and breaks the frontiers of the (un)actual

Alice’s webcam’s pink mild flashes. A hacker, a ghost, a god? She decides to reveal the id of the invader. DEAR HACKER, Alice Lenay’s debut documentary, is a patchwork of video calls that come collectively as a metaphysical reflection. Alice gleefully jumps down the rabbit gap and navigates the infinite universe of the net – our minds’ net – and our interconnectedness at a time once we’ve by no means been so distant. Along with her witty observations and sagacious creativeness, Lenay writes a visible letter within the type of this movie telling a narrative of notion, actuality, and society. The loading circle spirals out, however Alice retains going. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

A high-spirited group of British bus drivers set their minds to launching a do-it-yourself stage play adaptation of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN in Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer’s debut documentary ALIEN ON STAGE. With a Christopher Visitor-esque charisma that notably recollects his neighborhood theatre traditional WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, the movie follows the ups and downs of the delightfully DIY manufacturing, with its second-hand costumes and cardboard units, and the charming crew decided to make it succeed. QUEBEC PREMIERE.

A fiercely transferring tribute to one of the recognizable and unconventional figures in punk historical past, POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ celebrates the life and legacy of Poly Styrene, well-known frontwoman of X-Ray Spex and poster baby for the UK’s Riot Grrrl and Afropunk actions. That includes beforehand unseen archival footage and a succession of eloquent diary

entries narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga and co-directed by the icon’s personal daughter, Celeste Bell, and seasoned documentarian Paul Sng. QUEBEC PREMIERE.

Following the profitable launch of his breakthrough documentary REINDEERSPOTTING: ESCAPE FROM SANTALAND (2010), Finnish filmmaker Joonas Neuvonen, alongside along with his buddy Antti and the movie’s star, Jani, traveled to Southeast Asia or a celebratory journey… Which ended tragically when Jani was discovered lifeless and Antti went lacking. Co-directed by their longtime collaborator Sadri Centinkaya, LOST BOYS chronicles Neuvonen’s return to Bangkok and Phnom Penh, into a fair deeper hellscape of medication, prostitution, and wandering souls, as he seeks out the reality behind his associates’ demise whereas choosing up the items of his personal imperfect life. QUEBEC PREMIERE.


For its 25th anniversary, Fantasia is proud to honour author, director and video artist Shunji Iwai with a Profession Achievement Award and play host to a particular masterclass led by the esteemed filmmaker. His newest movie, THE 12 DAY TALE OF THE MONSTER THAT DIED IN 8,

beforehand introduced as a part of the Digicam Lucida slate designed as a reduction movie for the Japanese movie {industry} through the COVID-19 pandemic – completely captures the all-too-online second wherein we discover ourselves. That is solely the most recent instance of Iwai’s preternatural expertise for capturing and sublimating the unstated emotions that accompany pivotal moments in life, akin to the top of elementary faculty, the start of college, the uncertainty of married life, or turn-of-the-millennium teen angst. He expertly communicates what it means to dwell in more and more interconnected instances, integrating the language of message boards, courting apps, and handwritten love letters into his work. A chronicler of fixing hearts and altering instances, Iwai’s filmography stands as one of the distinctive and influential in all of Japanese cinema

Additionally screening as a part of this tribute: FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM? (1995), APRIL STORY (1997), ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (2001).


From the unique STAR WARS trilogy to the millennial TWILIGHT SAGA, on high of ROBOCOP, JURASSIC PARK and STARSHIP TROOPERS, Phil Tippett’s creative, progressive, iconic stop-motion creations have turn out to be universally acquainted parts of our collective creativeness. Fantasia is proud to honour the director and visible results grasp with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 for his authentic imaginative and prescient and his contributions to the development of the craft.

This proud second coincides with the long-awaited completion of Tippett’s private masterwork— thirty years within the making, MAD GOD sees its North American Premiere at Fantasia this summer time. Equal elements harrowing and hilarious, it’s a perpetual movement machine of biomechanical malevolence, a Dantean descent into the depths of Tippett’s creativeness that cements him as an artist of the best order.

Accompanying MAD GOD is the world premiere of the documentary quick WORSE THAN THE DEMON, an intimate and insightful profile by the topic’s daughter, Maya Tippett. Fantasia will current Tippett along with his Lifetime Achievement Award by the use of a digital ceremony, adopted by a masterclass exploring the deeper roots of his artwork.


New Zealand – Dir. James Ashcroft

This extraordinary neo-noir is a blisteringly tense street film into hell that performs like a home-invasion thriller set largely in a transferring automobile. Primarily based on the 1995 quick story by award-winning New Zealand writer Owen Marshall, described by David Hill as “one of the harrowing narratives in our literature.” Official Choice: Sundance 2021, Calgary Underground Movie Pageant 2021. QUEBEC PREMIERE.

UK – Dir. Lee Haven Jones

Shot fully within the Welsh language and crafted with intelligence and cruelty, THE FEAST performs like a contemporary fairy story for greed-fueled end-times. It’s a placing function debut from BAFTA-winning director Lee Haven Jones (35 DAYS, DOCTOR WHO) dripping with environment, this grotesque shocker is a standout in cinema’s present people horror revival. Official Choice: SXSW 2021. CANADIAN PREMIERE.

South Korea – Dir. Jéro Yun

Life is a continuing wrestle for Jina, a North Korean refugee, however she finds her path in boxing. Director Jéro Yun judiciously makes use of close-up photographs highlighting the glances and silences that say far more than phrases, due to near-surgical modifying, displaying a transcendent presence by actress Lim Seong-mi. Official Choice: Berlinale 2021, Busan Worldwide Movie Pageant 2021. CANADIAN PREMIERE

Hong Kong, Dir. Chan Kin-Lengthy

Triad intrigue involving turtles, smuggled medication, and instantaneous noodles within the underbelly of neon HK on this refreshing movie noir motion that just lately received the White Mulberry Award for finest debut function on the Udine Far East Movie Pageant. CANADIAN PREMIERE

South Korea – Dir. Kim Jeong-kwan

After an incident that leaves her electrical wheelchair disabled, Josée is rescued by Younger-seok, who she then brings in to find her distinctive imaginary world. A wonderful, transferring, charming, and visually polished movie by Kim Jeong-kwan faithfully tailored from the favored novel Josee, the Tiger and the Fish. Official Choice: Busan Worldwide Movie Pageant 2021.

Hong Kong – Dir. Chiu Sin-Hold

With the facility to see one second into the long run, loser Chow turns into a winner within the ring. It’s ROCKY with a excessive idea and loaded with extra humor and high-pressure enjoyable— Hong Kong model, from one of many administrators of Fantasia 2017’s VAMPIRE CLEANUP DEPARTMENT. Official Choice: Udine Far East Movie Pageant 2021. CANADIAN PREMIERE.

Québec – dir. Alain Vézina

Mexican wrestler L’Ange Doré is again, and he’s confronting the darkish designs of the Third Reich. Movie instructor and documentarian Alain Vézina (LES SOEURS DE NAGASAKI, 2018) embraces the mockumentary style wholeheartedly along with his newest joyous delirium. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

South Korea – Dir. Lee Yong-joo

A former secret service agent (GongYoo, TRAIN TO BUSAN) scuffling with a mind tumor should return to responsibility for a mission of the utmost significance: defending Seobok (Park Bo-gum, COIN LOCKER GIRL), the primary human clone who has unnatural powers. Few mainstream movies combine moral reflection with breathtaking, high-octane leisure to this unbelievable extent. CANADIAN PREMIERE.

Kazakhstan – Dir. Yernar Nurgaliyev

Seasoned Kazakh comedy director Yernar Nurgaliyev plunges into horror-comedy for the primary time, serving us a recent, dynamic mixture of genres whereas spicing it with Kazakh aptitude on this award-winning movie. Think about TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE meets THE HANGOVER. CANADIAN PREMIERE.

Japan – Dir. Miwa Nishikawa

A former driver for the yakuza has simply spent 13 years behind bars. Decided to reintegrate into society, he discovers a hostile and altering Japan that he struggles to acknowledge. Miwa Nishikawa’s (THE LONG EXCUSE) gripping UNDER THE OPEN SKY options Koji Yakusho (TOKYO SONATA) in one in all his most transferring roles. Official Choice: TIFF 2020. QUEBEC PREMIERE.

Denmark – Dir. Thomas Daneskov

Armed solely with a bow and an ensemble of animal skins, Martin (Rasmus Bjerg, ALL FOR ONE) units off into the forest in a misguided try to beat his midlife disaster. An opportunity

assembly with a fugitive named Musa (Zaki Youssef, SONS OF DENMARK) results in a twisted journey by the fjords with police, drug runners, and Martin’s household not far behind. Those that have any doubt that the funniest motion pictures being made immediately come from Denmark needn’t look any additional. Official Choice: Tribeca 2021. CANADIAN PREMIERE.


Along with the aforementioned restoration of Stephen Sayadian’s DR. CALIGARI (1989), Fantasia is proud to announce the next classics, resurrected in gorgeous new transfers.


Japan, 2000 – Dir. Higuchinsky

Higuchinsky’s elusive adaptation of Junji Ito’s cult traditional UZUMAKI (SPIRAL) returns to Fantasia after 20 years, screening in a model new 4K restoration. Decadently stylized and as beguiling as ever – virtually dripping with blue-grey grime and oozing slime – the movie stands out for its cosmic horror stylings and the methods it comes closest to the haunted tape on the centre of RINGU. The movie itself now seems to us as cursed – stuffed with shifty particulars and disturbing artefacts – because it unfolds with an nearly experimental slice-of-life logic. One of many extra peculiar movies within the J-horror canon. World Premiere of Toei’s new 4K restoration.

TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (La noche del terror ciego)

Spain, 1972 – Dir. Amando de Ossorio

One of the vital gloriously legendary, extremely authentic zombie movies ever made bursts from the grave, totally uncut in a placing new restoration from Synapse Movies scanned from the unique digicam unfavourable. The movie re-envisions medieval Catholic navy order the Templar Knights as satanic monks dwelling underneath an occult curse, pressured to stroll the earth as eyeless undead in want of human flesh. In an imaginative twist, given their blindness, they can monitor the dwelling by listening for his or her heartbeats.

World Premiere of Synapse Movies’ new restoration.

MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN (Il mulino delle donne di pietra)

Italy, 1960 – Dir. Giorgio Ferroni

The primary Italian horror produced in color, Ferroni’s landmark Italian Gothic boasts a powerful saturated signature, a method which was later picked up by Mario Bava when he made BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964). Consequently, very like the later options by Bava, the movie stands out stylistically for its daring painterly qualities, on this case layered in attractive, darkish, fairy story artifice. Selecting up the baton from Gothic romance-tinged mad science movies, akin to HOUSE OF WAX (1953), MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN takes the staple ‘woman-into-wax’ trope into unconventional territory with unusual experiments, bizarre vampirism, and the lifeless coming again to life. World Premiere of Arrow Video’s new restoration.

THE UNKNOWN MAN OF SHANDIGOR (L’Inonnu de Shandigor) Switzerland, 1967 – Dir. Jean-Louis Roy

This long-lost mid-Nineteen Sixties Chilly Struggle super-spy thriller is a wonderful and surreal corridor of mirrors– half DR. STRANGELOVE, half ALPHAVILLE– with sly nods to British TV exhibits like THE AVENGERS and DOCTOR WHO. All mod sun shades and weird structure (together with Antoni Gaudi’s famed La Pedrera/Casa Mila), the long-unavailable SHANDIGOR has been superbly restored by the Cinematheque Suisse. Starring Marie-France Boyer, Daniel Emilfork, Howard Vernon, and Serge Gainsbourg! North American Premiere of a brand new 4K restoration by the Cinematheque Suisse. Offered by Deaf Crocodile Movies.


Japan, 2005 Dirs. Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, Shunichiro Miki For those who have a look at them excellent, probably the most mundane parts of day by day life can appear completely weird.

That’s the lunatic logic behind 2005’s fan-favourite cult traditional FUNKY FOREST; a sprawling omnibus of the plain and the oddball, the informal and the fully insane. Collaborating with hotshot commercial administrators Hajime Ishimine and Shinichiro Miki, director Katsuhito Ishii set them free to confuse you, amuse you, repulse you, excite you, and simply plain freak you out. World Premiere of Error 4444’s new HD restoration.


Japan, 2011 – Dir. Shunichiro Miki

We’re not out of the woods but! Witness the wonders of time-warping and dream-tinkering! Giggle at bellybutton intercourse and pornographic fruit snacks! Squirm when the native baker sneaks out for a bootleg encounter with a furry little nipple-sucker and a lot extra. Shunichiro Miki flies solo on THE WARPED FOREST, a vital, lengthy unavailable, work within the millennial new wave of radical, hallucinogenic Japanese comedies that mix deadpan humour, delirious dream logic, creeping paranoia and empathic, easygoing optimism into the strangest of cinematic brews. North American Premiere of Error 4444’s new HD restoration.


Whereas Fantasia 2021’s movies are geo-blocked to Canadian audiences, all the pageant’s panels and particular occasions are free and accessible worldwide, permitting these distinctive experiences to be loved by followers on each nook of the Earth.

Along with the aforementioned artist talks by Shunji Iwai, Stephen Sayadian, and Phil Tippett, Fantasia is happy to announce the next particular occasions.

Offered in affiliation with WarnerMedia


Saturday, August 7 – 4PM EDT

Presentation by Dr. Kali Simmons

Within the article “The Rise of Indigenous Horror,” Haudenosaunee author Alicia Elliott notes that, “…many non-Indigenous horror writers depict conditions that Indigenous individuals have already weathered.” The current publicity of genocidal violence towards Indigenous kids inside the

“residential faculty” packages which operated in Canada and the US stresses the reality of this commentary much more.

On this lecture, expanded from work offered on the Miskatonic Institute for Horror Research, movie scholar Dr. Kali Simmons will analyze the ways in which horror has been deployed within the service of settler-colonialism in addition to the methods Indigenous writers, actors, and filmmakers converse again to those troubling tales.


Sunday, August 8 – 2PM EDT

With panelists Nosipho Dumisa (NUMBER 37), Kelsey Egan (GLASSHOUSE), Bradley Joshua (Producer, Gambit Movies, BLOOD & WATER), Ryan Kruger (FRIED BARRY), Michael

Matthews (FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES), and Travis Taute (INDEMNITY); Moderated by Todd Brown (XYZ Movies)

In recent times, South Africa has lit up the worldwide cinema world with impressed and complex style movie reworkings that incessantly win awards and go away audiences breathless. Fantasia has proudly showcased— and in some circumstances, launched— many of those works. This 12 months, Fantasia shall be World Premiering not one however two South African works, Travis Taute’s INDEMNITY and Kelsey Egan’s GLASSHOUSE. To have fun, the pageant shall be presenting a particular roundtable dialogue between a number of the main skills in S.A.’s new wave. Don’t miss this particular alternative to listen to insights and manufacturing tales from a number of the nation’s most enjoyable artists, introduced collectively for what’s positive to be an unforgettable time.


Interpreter: Zen Nakamura

With SATOSHI KON, THE ILLUSIONIST, French documentarian Pascal-Alex Vincent demonstrates the profound impact that the late grasp, in whose honour Fantasia’s animation award is known as, had on anime and certainly cinema worldwide. Japanese animator Takayuki Hirao, director of POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE, can attest to it firsthand, having spent his early life working underneath Kon on MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and PARANOIAAGENT. Kon’s legacy is the start line of a dialogue between the 2 administrators. In English and Japanese with verbal translation.

Untold Horror presents…


Friday, August 13 – 5PM EDT

With panelists Brian Yuzna, William Malone and Richard Raaphorst; Moderated by Dave Alexander

Filmmakers Brian Yuzna (RE-ANIMATOR collection, SOCIETY), William Malone (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, MASTERS OF HORROR) and Richard Raaphorst (FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY) focus on their unmade monster motion pictures and the continued, usually maddening, sometimes hilarious quest to convey a number of the coolest creature options to life. Hosted by Untold Horror writer and former Rue Morgue editor-in-chief Dave Alexander, Monsters Should Reside! proves that on the subject of the movie biz, a number of the most unbelievable creations don’t truly exist onscreen.


Bestselling writer Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks from Hell, My Greatest Good friend’s Exorcism) welcomes you to a really particular help group, so have a seat, espresso’s within the again, and bear in mind there’s no cross-talk. Then put together your self for a guided tour of the historical past of homicide books, as a result of ever because the invention of the printing press we’ve been utilizing it to inform tales about killing one another, from bizarro nineteenth century Jack the Ripper fan fiction, by Psycho, the industry-changing success of Silence of the Lambs, all main as much as immediately. Alongside the way in which you’ll encounter astrological assassins, the feminine authors who wrote serial killer books first, and primal hamster trauma as collectively we attempt to determine what it implies that a lot of publishing is about promoting homicide for enjoyable.

Offered in affiliation with WarnerMedia


Presentation by Carolyn Mauricette

From Sarah Baartman to Grace Jones, Black girls are sometimes regarded as unique creatures and grossly misunderstood, or, like Frankenstein’s monster, they’ve been put in a class the place they’re feared and disliked, with observers fast to vilify or dismiss. But, in horror, characters who’re supernatural beings or “monsters” are literally an embodiment of Black girls’s power and perseverance. We’ll have a look at a number of the most attention-grabbing characters— whether or not vampires, witches, or supernatural beings— and see how even of their otherness, and inside problematic illustration, they’ve energy and company and signify the vulnerability and power Black girls have possessed by the ages.


With panelists Stephen R. Bissette (Cartoonist, Creator, Critic), David Kerekes (Headpress Books), David J. Schow (Author), John Skipp (Author, Director), Christina Ward (Feral Home), Billy Martin (Author) and Douglas E. Winter (Author / Critic); Moderated by Heather Buckley

One of many capabilities of horror movie and fiction has been the unflinching exploration of the forbidden, the underground, and the taboo. Within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties horror skilled a surge of untamed vitality, and a backlash towards it. Whereas sure restrictions have loosened, and extra permissive venues for content material have emerged within the years since, practitioners of the style now face different pressures and penalties, probably increased than earlier than. In a society with prepared on-line entry to simply about each type of content material, together with eyewitness cameras capturing probably the most horrible of crimes, how has the cultural sense of the taboo, and the function of horror in breaking them, modified? Be a part of us for a dialogue in regards to the evolution of this specific mode of expression as artwork, exploitation, and riot.


Tuesday, August 24 – 2PM EDT

With panelists RKSS (François Simard, Anouk Whissel, Yoann-Karl Whissel), Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu (EMA Movies), a member of composing duo Le Matos, and key figures from Outerminds (Rémi Lavoie, Odile Prouveur, Guiz DePessemier) and Vibe Avenue; Moderated by Marc Lamothe and Justin Langlois

Born out of Frontières, Fantasia’s worldwide co-production market, and launched at Sundance, the worldwide cult sensation that’s TURBO KID instantly put RKSS, its gifted trio of Québécois filmmakers (François Simard, Anouk Whissel, Yoann-Karl Whissel), on radars throughout the universe. A online game was the logical follow-up! Just like the movie, it guarantees to be an homage to the post-apocalyptic works of the ‘80s with cartoonish gore and a heartfelt story whereas channelling beloved classic video video games. Celebrated Montreal online game studio Outerminds are working carefully with RKSS and EMA Movies, producers of the unique movie, to plan a recreation that can honour the essence of the breakout hit, with synth-wave band Le Matos returning to compose a brand-new soundtrack whereas VIBE Avenue offers sound design.

Seize your gnome stick and be a part of us for a bilingual (French and English language) panel dialogue with the core creators of each the movie and its adaptation to discover TURBO KID’s journey into gameplay.

Fantasia can also be proud to be screening over 200 shorts in its 2021 line-up.

The pageant passport is already on sale on-line and particular person tickets, for each digital and theatrical screenings, will go on sale Friday, July twenty third at 1PM EDT.

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