Fantastic Fest 2015 Announces First Wave of Programming

Fantastic Fest 2015 Announces First Wave of Programming

Today, Fantastic Fest announced it’s first wave of programming and I couldn’t be more excited. Here at I&C, we love Fantastic Fest–the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world–and await each new line-up like kids at Christmas.

The official poster for the 2015 Fantastic Fest.

The official poster for the 2015 Fantastic Fest.

 

With this line-up, there’s much to look forward to. The excitement with this film festival is the potential to discover things you wouldn’t have known to watch otherwise. Some go on to become break-out hits, like It Follows. Others wind up never being heard from again, like REALTi. While there are always bigger genre films that are draws of the festival, it’s fun to go blindly into other films, based on little more than a synopsis and a still photo. The results will vary, but the excitement never dies down.

 

From the first wave, here are a few I’m very interested in watching:

IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX
IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX

France, 2015

North American Premiere, 60 min

Directors – Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine

A pandemic infects people everywhere with infinite lust, and the only ones who can save us are a group of astronauts in space, desperately looking for a solution.

 

LIZA
LIZA THE FOX FAIRY

Hungary, 2015

Regional Premiere, 98 min

Director – Károly Ujj-Mészáros

Somewhere in 1970s Budapest, nurse Liza dreams of romance. But as all her suitors die in violent and extreme ways, she begins to fear the worst: maybe she is really a fox fairy, doomed to remain alone forever!

 

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LOVE AND PEACE

Japan, 2015

US Premiere, 117 min

Director – Sion Sono

Fantastic Fest staple Shion Sono returns once again with a deeply personal (and expectedly odd) film about a lonely businessman with dreams of punk rock stardom and his best friend, a turtle.

 

The Man Who Saves the World
THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD

Turkey, 1982

Repertory Screening, 91 min

Director – Çetin İnanç

There has never been and will never be another film like THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD, and your only chance to discover why is at this special Fantastic Fest screening!

 

Office
OFFICE

Korea, 2015

US Premiere, 111 min

Director – HONG Won-Chan

OFFICE is the story of Kim, the salaryman who one day brutally murders his entire family with a hammer, and Lee, the put-upon intern at his workplace. It’s dark-as-night corporate satire hiding behind a slasher veneer with scares so well timed, you’ll jump out of your seat non-stop.

 

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THE SIMILARS

Mexico, 2015

World Premiere, 89 min

Director – Isaac Ezban

On a dark and stormy night, eight strangers are stuck in a small bus station waiting for a bus to Mexico City. When strange things start happening, they find themselves trapped in a struggle for sanity and survival.

 

Standby for tape backup
STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP

United Kingdom, 2015

US Premiere, 65 min

Director – Ross Sutherland

Hypnotically scanning the contents of a VHS tape, this experimental essay-film eulogizes the former custodian of the analog artifact, transforming its recordings of GHOSTBUSTERS and FRESH PRINCE (among others) through rap-infused anecdotal narration, and inscribing both profound and hilarious associations to the tracking-lined images. STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP will be presented as both a traditional screening as well as a live performance by creator Ross Sutherland.

 

You’ll notice these films are all international, having either their U.S. or world premieres. I love American films–big and small–that fill multiplexes across the country but, even in a city like New York, foreign films rarely get the releases they deserve. Fantastic Fest offers the chance to experience fresh voices and perspectives from across the globe. And from this line-up, it looks like cinema lovers are in for another treat this year.