The annual Fantasia Film Festival held in Montreal has announced its first wave of 2013 titles and closing night film, Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. The British comedy will make its Canadian debut at the fest which runs July 18-August 6 showcasing international features, special events, conferences, and its second annual genre co-production market. Focus Features releases The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in an unofficial follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, on August 23. The fest will also screen WB‘s horror hit hopeful The Conjuring on Opening Night. This year’s edition features a special three-night live theater engagement of Clive Barker’s play A History of the Devil and will honor Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski (Possession, La Femme Publique, L’amour Braque) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s the first wave of Fantasia Fest 2013 programming with more TBA:
Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy THE WORLD’S END, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Martin Freeman.
Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil
Fantasia will again be delving into the realm of live theatre with a special three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Clive Barker’s play, A HISTORY OF THE DEVIL. An epic show to stage, HISTORY weaves a tale told across thousands of years over the span of a near-three-hour running time. Director Jeremy Michael Segal and his team have created a macabre mounting that writhes with visual invention and primal acrobatics of performance.
James Wan’s The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Joey King star in James Wan’s THE CONJURING – one of the most frightening, intelligent, and well-executed supernatural horror films in recent memory. From the director of INSIDIOUS and SAW.
A Lifetime Achievement Award for Andrzej Żuławski
For his singular vision, passion and bravery, Fantasia is bestowing our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to the great Polish master Andrzej Żuławski, director of such individualistic and award-winning acts of filmmaking as POSSESSION, LA FEMME PUBLIQUE and L’AMOUR BRAQUE. A gifted and enormously unconventional talent, Zulawski has created some of the most breathtakingly unique films you will ever see. Feverishly cinematic and often controversial, Żuławski’s filmography explodes with dizzyingly evocative imagery, primal, animalistic performances and raw sexuality and emotion. His work pulverizes societal norms with surrealism, grotesquerie and above all else, honesty, ferociously buzzing with poetry and a black sense of humour. He has remained pure throughout his career, never compromising for the sake of mainstream appeal.
Additional 1st Wave highlights include:
Across the River
Italy Dir: Lorenzo Bianchini
A brilliant opposition of new and old narratives, this chilling discovery from Italy is the most downright efficient atmospheric horror film you’ll see anywhere this year, haunting with a slow-building, intense crescendo approach to its atmosphere of disorientation and dread. From the director of Custodes Bestiae.
Big Bad Wolves
Israel Dirs: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
Described in its official marketing as ”a brutal comedy for a mad mad mad mad world”, this gripping, genre-bending tale of vengeance and fury is one of the greatest films you will see anywhere this year. Its launch at the Tribeca Film Festival deservedly saw it emerge as the single best-reviewed title in the festival’s lineup.
Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado.
USA Dir: E.L. Katz
The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. Winner of the midnighter audience award at SXSW.
Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director E.L. Katz
Commando: A One Man Army
India Dir: Dilip Ghosh
Brace yourself for two solid hours of delirious action cinema featuring the superhumanly talented Vidyut Jamwal (THUPPAKKI), who dazzles in an arsenal of brilliantly choreographed, stunt-packed combat sequences that recall Jackie Chan in his prime. See COMMANDO and you will become an instant Jamwal fanatic. Period.
North American Premiere.
USA Dir: Eddie Mullins
Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) are convinced that the world is approaching its end and consequently see no reason to hold jobs or even have homes. An idiosyncratic instant classic “pre-apocalyptic comedy” evocative of early Jarmusch and Linklater, DOOMSDAYS is intelligent, hilarious and genuinely counter-cultural. It’s an astonishingly terrific debut from former critic Mullins.
World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Eddie Mullins
Mexico Dir: Sebastian Hofmann
A haunting and grotesque examination of urban loneliness and emotional decay, HALLEY reinvents the conventions of the modern zombie film by treating the state of living death as a degenerative medical illness. A major breakout at this year’s Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.
Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Sebastian Hofman.
I’ll Follow You Down
Canada Dir: Richie Mehta
Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson star in this captivating film that is equal parts ingenious science-fiction mystery and heart-wrenching human drama. This is the kind of smart, plausible sci-fi tale rarely told anymore in cinema, a precious gem created with absolute conviction that delivers like an existential powerhouse. From the Genie-nominated director of AMAL.
World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Richie Mehta and Producer Lee Kim.
Ip Man – The Final Fight
Hong Kong Dir: Herman Yau
The dynamic final chapter of the Ip Man saga! Controversial godfather of exploitation cinema Herman Yau, who helmed the popular prequel THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN reunites with his award-winning UNTOLD STORY star Anthony Wong (an actual martial artist specializing in monkey kung fu) and displays his abilities in all their glory, while his high-caliber thespian skills yield a more nuanced Ip Man than Donnie Yen’s signature performance.
It’s Me, It’s Me
Japan Dir: Satoshi Miki
J-pop star Kazuya Kamenashi plays a slacker who multiplies himself until his life becomes a bizarre nightmare in this mix of off-the-wall comedy, realistic science-fiction and surreal thriller by genius filmmaker Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO).
Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Satoshi Miki
L’autre Monde (The Otherworld)
France Dir: Richard Stanley
The director of HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL returns with an astonishing documentary journey into life on the other side of the mirror. Dive with him into a place hidden deep in the South of France, untouched by the modern age, known as “the Zone”, where magic is currency and the supernatural is a part of every day life.
World Premiere. Hosted by Director / Co-Writer Richard Stanley, Co-Writer Scarlett Amaris, Composer Simon Boswell, editor Patrick Tremblay and Cinematographer Karim Hussain.
Japan Dir: Shinsuke Sato
In 2019, an elite squad has to fight to save books from aggressive government censorship. Reminiscent of FARENHEIT 451, yet surprisingly playful, LIBRARY WARS will keep you on the edge of your seat with its epic action sequences, brilliantly crafted by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ).
Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director Shinsuke Sato.
USA Dir: Sebastian Silva
Juno Temple and Michael Cera star in this Polanski-esque, paranoia-tinged psychological thriller that haunted all manor of psyches at Sundance and Cannes.
UK/Philippines Dir: Sean Ellis
A provincial farming family migrates to the heartless big city of Manila and find themselves pulled into a sinkhole of crime and corruption in this gripping, moving thriller that took home the audience award at Sundance. An incredible film.
Return To Nuke ‘Em High, Vol. One
USA Dir: Lloyd Kaufman
The brilliant, maniacal mind behind Troma Entertainment triumphantly returns to Fantasia with the hotly-anticipated first chapter of his epic new masterwork – and you’d better be ready for Lloyd Kaufman like you’ve never seen! When evil once more roams the halls of exploitation cinema’s most infamous high school, the demented residents of Tromaville must band together one more time to take down bad taste… and replace it with something even more foul!
World Premiere. Hosted by Director Lloyd Kaufman.
South Korea Dir: Jeon Kyu-hwan
A hunchbacked mortician takes delicate care of corpses before they rest for eternity and encounters broken characters as strange as the funeral rituals he sees. Evocative of an especially taboo-smashing version of DELICATESSEN-era Jean-Pierre Jeunet, THE WEIGHT is a major discovery in the annals of subversive cinema.
North American Premiere.
USA Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait, celebrated comedian and brilliant director of such black comedy masterpieces as SHAKES THE CLOWN, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD and GOD BLESS AMERICA shifts gears and veers off into left field with this chilling, subjectively shot horror film about a couple on an exploration into all things Bigfoot who stumble onto things most unusual.
International Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Bobcat Goldthwait.