Twentieth edition. Time has flown. Especially since we were having fun. Yes, Fantasia is billed as a genre film festival, but it covers a wide variety of genres (action, thriller, horror, comedy, drama, etc.) and the entire rainbow of human emotions. You will laugh, cry, be frightened, and always be swept away into the wonderful worlds of these films. What separates a film you can see at Fantasia from your typical Hollywood fare is that at Fantasia nothing is taboo. There are very few boundaries. As such the crowds at Fantasia are not your typical film fans. They are a passionate group who are boisterous, rowdy, deadly silent, appreciative, and even utter the occasional meow as the lights go down. In other words, this is a place to enjoy film to the fullest.
For their 20th edition the honourary presidents are members of the Quebec film industry. RKSS or François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell – are the directors of last year’s Turbo Kid, which was screened at Fantasia. These are young people who grew up with Fantasia and were inspired to go into the film industry because of the films they saw there. Realizing there was a niche for those who liked non-traditional films spurred them on. Now they are part of the festival and an inspiration for young film fans and makers.
Fantasia has always had a strong link with Quebec films. Quebec cinema is interwoven into the fabric of Fantasia. The province has always been well represented here and even feeds off of Fantasia. This year besides a ton of shorts produced here there are also a number of feature films. Heading the list is the festival’s opening film, King Dave directed by Daniel Grou or Podz. It does not stop there as L’Apparition by Roger Cardinal, Atmo HorroX by Pat Tremblay, Délivrez-nous du mal by Jean-Claude Lord (the winner of the inaugural Denis Héroux Award), Écartée by Lawrence Côté-Collins, Fleur bleue by Larry Kent, Mon ami Dino by Jimmy Larouche, Phylactère Cola – 20 ans by Psychopat, Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur by Robert Morin, Tout feu, tout femme by Gilles Richer, and Feuilles mortes by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Edouard A. Tremblay will also be screened.
The programmers here scour the world for films that we would never have known about otherwise. There will be 130 features screened over the course of the festival and they come from everywhere – traditional and non-traditional film countries. This year Croatia, Ireland, France, USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Spain, India, Turkey, Martinique, China, U.K., Iran, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Argentina, Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Mexico, Iceland, Estonia, Italy, Brazil, and of course Canada will all have entries. Of these films many of them we will be seeing for the first time as there 19 world premieres, 18 North American premieres and 47 Canadian premieres.
Because Fantasia has earned a worldwide reputation not only do they get great films, but they also attract big name guests. This year the likes of Marilyn Manson (Let Me Make You a Martyr), Guillermo del Toro (Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex), Adam Nimoy (For the Love of Spock), Christopher Lloyd (I am Not a Serial Killer), Barbara Crampton (Little Sister), Dee Wallace (Red Christmas), Anna Lynne McCord (Trash is Fire), and Kevin Smith (Yoga Hosers). Plus a ton of other directors, actors, actresses, and writers.
The festival will go out with a bang and not whimper with a day of two closing films. Don’t Breathe by Fede Alvarez is the official closing film. The horror/thriller made quite an impression upon audiences earlier this year at South by Southwest. Also screening on the last day is the North American premiere of Jean-François Richet’s action film Blood Father which stars Mel Gibson.
Make sure you buy the festival program, which is available at different places around the city, and put aside a couple of hours to pour over it. It will be the best $5 you’ve spent in a while.
-Dates: July 14 – August 3, 2016
-Venues: Concordia University (Hall Theatre and J.A. de Sève Theatre), Cinémathèque Quebecoise, McCord Museum, Parc de la Paix (S.A.T.), Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Kafein Café-Bar
-Ticket Purchase: www.admission.com
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