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FANTASIA 2012: OCCIDENTAL LINEUP
Montreal, July 11, 2012 – As always, Fantasia’s 2012 Occidental film lineup is a thrilling cross of world premieres, hot new works and a supercharged smorgasbord of some of the most acclaimed genre films from Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, SXSW, Sitges and Tribeca, most having their first screenings in the country, sometimes, on this continent.
Extensive articles on each selection can be found on our site.
HAIL (Canadian Premiere) is the result of a long-term collaboration between documentary director Amiel Courtin-Wilson and ex-prisoner Daniel P. Jones, nourished by 500 pages of Jones’ personal memories, although the film’s story is entirely fictional. It’s not the type of visceral experience you’ll get to have often.
Previously announced title from Australia: Penny Vozniak’s DESPITE THE GODS (Quebec Premiere).
Rob Grant (director of the crazy impressive Super 8 zombie epic YESTERDAY) and his team are back – this time with a proper budget – with the positively lunatic, blood-soaked comedy MON AMI (World Premiere). Selma Blair, Josh Close and Rachel Miner star in Jeremy Power Regimbal’s terrifying home invasion thriller REPLICAS (Canadian Premiere), a standout at Tribeca this year. David Boutin and Maxime Dumontier star as a pair of estranged brothers who exorcise their family demons while forced to spend a week together as a condition to an inheritance in Steve Kerr’s gripping COLOMBARIUM (World Premiere). Enter the broken mind of a serial killer who desperately wants to be a good person in Braden Croft’s compellingly terrific breakout HEMORHHAGE (Quebec Premiere). Canada has now got an ERASERHEAD (or BEGOTTEN!) to call its own in the form of Seth Smith’s hallucinatory and wildly original starfish-tripping LOW LIFE (World Premiere). Boris Rodriguez’ Tribeca film fest hit EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL (Canadian Premiere) is a rare co-prod between Denmark and Canada that depicts a humorously macabre solution to writer’s block and stars Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reill and Stephen McHattie. McHattie also appears in Casey Walker’s award-winning A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE (Quebec Premiere), a romantic zombie comedy (yes!) in which an undead outbreak is launched through mosquitoes. A motley pack of misfits defend the Earth against Count Draculon’s robo-Nazi-vampires from Hell in Steven Kostanski’s completely insane – and multiple award-winning! – MANBORG (Quebec Premiere). A porn producer tries his hand at producing a children’s puppet show in Aaron Houston’s raunchy mockumentary THE SUNFLOWER HOUR (Montreal Premiere).
Previously announced titles from Canada: Jason Lapeyre’s COLD BLOODED (Quebec Premiere), Michael Peterson’s LLOYD THE CONQUEROR (Quebec Premiere), Andrew Bush’s ROLLER TOWN (Quebec Premiere), Pascal Laugier’s THE TALL MAN (Canadian Premiere).
The European financial crisis has never been more eloquently and expertly parodied than in Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil’s jaw-dropping Dutch blockbuster NEW KIDS TURBO (Canadian Premiere) which spurts one of the most vulgar, offensive, and just plain hilarious slices of cinema ever made off the screen. The film was such a hit in the Netherlands that Haars and der Kuil have recently completed an even more off-the-hook sequel, NEW KIDS NITRO (North American Premiere). See them both at Fantasia and thank us in the morning!
Scandinavia brings – as always – a helping of ingenious cinematic curveballs. From Norway, Magnus Martens’ JACKPOT (Canadian Premiere) is a wildly entertaining thriller based on a story by crime writer Jo Nesbo (whose work also inspired Morten Tyldum’s HEADHUNTERS). Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s TURN ME ON, GODAMMIT! (Quebec Premiere) is a charming coming-of-age outsider film with a real female point of view, made only better with its typically Scandinavian frankness. Jens Lien’s SONS OF NORWAY (Quebec Premiere) is a nonconformist coming-of-age drama/comedy set in Oslo at the dawn of punk, executive produced by John Lydon (Johnny Rotten himself!), who also makes an inspired cameo.
Previously announced titles from Scandinavia: Mads Brügger’s THE AMBASSADOR (Quebec Premiere), Christoffer Boe’s BEAST (Canadian Premiere), Óskar Thór Axelsson’s BLACK’S GAME (North American Premiere).
Juan Martínez Moreno’s hysterical GAME OF WEREWOLVES (Quebec Premiere) is one of the best horror/comedies we’ve seen in ages. There’s a reason why this is the first Spanish film to win the audience award at the La semana de terror de San Sebastian festival in 22 years.
Previously announced titles from Spain: Álex de la Iglesia’s AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (Canadian Premiere), Jaume Balagueró’s SLEEP TIGHT, Ignacio Ferreras’ WRINKLES (Canadian Premiere).
Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple star in William Friedkin’s blistering, brilliant masterpiece KILLER JOE (Quebec Premiere). Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin and Danny Masterson star in Jordan Galland’s Woody Allen-esque real-life-superheroes with extremely inefficient superpowers comedy ALTER EGOS (World Premiere). Legendary cult actor Michael Biehn owns the screen both in front of and behind the camera in his rugged directorial debut THE VICTIM (Quebec Premiere). Nicholas McCarthy’s THE PACT (Quebec Premiere) is a riveting experience in horror/crime/suspense cinema that stars Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien and scared audiences senseless at Sundance earlier this year.
Previously announced titles from the USA: Duane Graves & Justin Meeks’ BONEBOYS (World Premiere), Stacy Peralta’s BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Jennifer Lynch’s CHAINED (World Premiere), Charles de Lauzirika’s CRAVE (World Premiere), Tim Connery’s EASTON’S ARTICLE (International Premiere), Mike Malloy’s EUROCRIME (Canadian Premiere), Richard Bates Jr.’s EXCISION (Canadian Premiere), Vice’s Alexey Fedorchenko / Harmony Korine / Jan Kwiecinski omnibus THE FOURTH DIMENSION (Canadian Premiere), Kevin & Matthew McManus’ FUNERAL KINGS (International Premiere), Paul Hough’s THE HUMAN RACE (World Premiere), Allison de Fren’s THE MECHANICAL BRIDE (Quebec Premiere), Eric Walter’s MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (World Premiere), Buddy Giovinazzo’s A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES (World Premiere), Teller’s PLAY DEAD (World Premiere), Justin Benson & Aaron Scott Moorhead’s RESOLUTION (Canadian Premiere), Kern Saxton’s SUSHI GIRL (International Premiere), Jason Banker’s TOAD ROAD (World Premiere), Roger Lay Jr.’s TOY MASTERS (World Premiere), Steven C. Miller’s UNDER THE BED (World Premiere), the instant-classic anthology film V/H/S (Quebec Premiere), Brian Knappenberger’s WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS (Quebec Premiere), Quentin Dupieux’s WRONG (Canadian Premiere).
Tom Kingsley & Will Sharpe’s BAFTA-nominated BLACK POND (Canadian Premiere) plays like Wes Anderson by way of Ben Wheatley. Britcom meets extreme Grand Guignol in Alex Chandon’s hilarious and deeply red INBRED (Quebec Premiere), a standout at the Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festival.
Previously announced title from the UK: Jon Wright’s GRABBERS (Canadian Premiere).
ADDITIONAL TITLES PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Argentina: Valentín Javier Diment’s MEMORY OF THE DEAD (World Premiere)
Chile: Patricio Valladares’ HIDDEN IN THE WOODS (World Premiere)
Cuba: Alejandro Brugués’ JUAN OF THE DEAD (Quebec Premiere)
France: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s CARRE BLANC (Quebec Premiere), Raphaël Siboni’s IL N’YA PAS DE RAPPORT SEXUEL (Quebec Premiere), Olivier Abbou’s YES WE CAN (International Premiere), Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie’s ZARAFA (Canadian Premiere).
Germany: Eron Sheean’s ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY (World Premiere)
Ireland: Ciarán Foy’s CITADEL (Canadian Premiere)