Fantastic Fest 2016 Announces Second Wave of Programming
Following up on the announcement of Fantastic Fest’s first wave of programming, word has just gone out about what else they have in store. It’s a doozy. No, it’s a sit-down-and-take-it-all-in spectacle.
According the Alamo Drafthouse:
It wouldn’t be Fantastic Fest without some true heavyweights of world cinema represented and this year is no exception. Park Chan-Wook, legendary South Korean director of Oldboy and Stoker, attends the festival for the first time to present the US Premiere of his gorgeous erotic drama The Handmaiden. Dutch defiler Paul Verhoeven has provided what will prove to be one of the most controversial and provocative films of the year with his dark and deadly comedic rape-revenge thriller Elle, while Paul Schrader delivers his unique brand of pugilistic raw force with his hyper-violent, crime-at-all-costs thriller Dog Eat Dog.
Female directors take center stage for three of Fantastic Fest’s most hotly anticipated titles this year, firmly shattering the myth that game-changing cinema is gender-biased. Ana Lily Amirpour follows up her alt-cult sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night with her sand-blasted, dystopian love story The Bad Batch; Maren Ade delivers what will be the most uncomfortable film of the festival, the desert-dry black comedy Toni Erdmann; and Julia Ducournau’s directorial debut, Raw, takes us on a cannibalistic coming-of-age shock ride that resonates long after its stunning finale.
Head over to their site to read the full press release and line-up, but here’s a quick preview of films to which I’m looking forward:
International Premiere, 178 min
Director – Suresh Krissna
Kamal Hassan stars in this ridiculously entertaining tale of an Indian commando pitted against his own serial killer twin brother in a deadly race to save the beautiful Tejaswini from certain death.
United States, 2016
Opening Film, 116 min
Director – Denis Villeneuve
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
United Kingdom, United States, 2016
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Colm McCarthy
In a dystopian future, young Melanie must go on a trip with the soldier who needs to kill her, the doctor who wants to use her and the teacher who wants to help.
GOKE: BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL – PRESENTED BY AGFA
Special Screening, 84 min
Director – Hajime Satô’s
An airplane crashes under mysterious circumstances and the survivors find themselves stalked by an evil blobby presence bent on world domination.
HELMUT BERGER, ACTOR
Austria, France, Italy, 2015
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andreas Horvath
Filmmaker Andreas Horvath (EARTH’S GOLDEN PLAYGROUND) offers a deeply personal and unblinking portrait of Helmut Berger, the Austrian film star of the ‘60s and ‘70s best known for his work with director Luchino Visconti.
THE HIGH FRONTIER
International Premiere, 97 min
Director – Wojciech Kasperski
Father/son bonding time takes an extraordinarily dark turn when a former guard and his two teen boys receive an unexpected guest in their remote cabin along the Poland-Ukraine border.
Japan, Canada, 2016
U.S. Premiere, 64 min
Director – Nick DiLiberto
Painstakingly hand-drawn by a single animator over four years, this saturated slice of lo-fi sci-fi pulp recalls both Moebius and Miyazaki as it ambitiously realizes an eclectic post-apocalyptic future populated by lion-men, brain-leeching slugs and Saturday Morning Cartoon villainy, the latter most memorably personified by the sublimely named Dr. Mindskull.
THE RED TURTLE
North American Premiere, 81 min
Director – Michaël Dudok De Wit
A castaway ekes out an existence on a deserted tropical island guarded by an enigmatic red tortoise in this magnificent animated fable from the imagination of acclaimed Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit (Father and Daughter) and produced in part by the legendary Studio Ghibli.
SADAKO VS KAYAKO
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Kôji Shiraishi
The showdown of the century is about to begin and no one in Tokyo will be spared: Ring’s Sadako vs The Grudge’s Kayako in a fight to determine the future of humanity.
Australia, United States, 2016
World Premiere, 85 min
Director – Chris Peckover
Chris Peckover, director of 2010’s Undocumented, returns to Fantastic Fest with this playfully twisted suburban Christmas thriller in which babysitter Ashley must protect twelve-year-old Luke during an unusual home invasion.
SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL
United States, 2016
World Premiere, 76 min
Director – A.D. Calvo
Adele is a friendless young woman living with her wealthy but agoraphobic aunt. She meets Beth and the two become fast friends, but Adele may be drawn to a darkness within her new companion, a darkness that threatens to overtake everything.
THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT
Texas Premiere, 118 min
Director – Gabriele Mainetti
A lowlife thug finds his grimy, pornography-filled existence disrupted when he accidentally acquires superpowers that force him to become a better man against his will.
THE ZODIAC KILLER – Presented by AGFA and SOMETHING WEIRD
United States, 1971
World Premiere, 85 min
Director – Tom Hanson
AGFA and Something Weird present a brand new 4K transfer of this sanity-defying, tabloid-horror vortex that was produced with one goal in mind: to capture the real-life Zodiac Killer.
Fantastic Fest – the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world – runs from Sept 22-29, 2016. Pardon me while I go explode!