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FANTASIA 2009

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FANTASIA, North America biggest fantasy/horror oriented film festival is one week away and last Monday the fest’s organizers held a press conference to reveal this year highlight and special selection.

They include :


-VERS LES ÉTOILES CEREBRAL SCIFI CINÉMA,
-A CHILLING PAIR OF CLIVE BARKER PREMIERES
-DOCUMATARIES ON THE EDGE
-TRIBUTES AT FANTASIA HELL ON EARTH: THE FILMS OF BUDDY GIOVINAZZO as well as
-A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR BRAZIL’S GODFATHER OF THE FANTASTIC JOSÉ MOJICA Marins AKA « COFFIN JOE ».
-FLIRTING WITH CHAOS :THE SWEET AND EXTREM ANTI-ROMANTIC COMEDY.
-HONG KONG CINEMA: 100 YEARS
-EMPIRE OF DESIRE; A SELCTION OF JAPAN’S « PINKU » FILMS.
-THE LATEST FROM JAPAN’S NEW GORE’S MOVIE MASTER YOSHIHIRO NISHIMURA


Asian action wise the festival will showcase the latest from Hong-Kong (IP MAN, COWEB, LEGENDARY ASSASSIN, SPU COMARADES IN ARMS), Thailand (POWER KIDS, FIREBALL), Korea (CHASER) and Japan (K20, HARD REVENGE MILLY) Also showcase are cult favoriteTakashi Miike and Park Chan-wook laster YATTERMAN and the THIRST. On the retro side; Fantasia will showcaseH-K made very first martial art export : cult favorite FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH.

The fest is to be held from July 9th to the 29at the same place as previous years : Concordia University’s Hall Building. Spread the words and pay Montreal’s a vist.

Fantasia 2009 Site : http://www.fantasiafest.com/pre2009/en/. A complete schedule and catalogue will likely be available around this week-end.

Fantasia film fest on wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_Festival


For more detail check press kit below. Please spread the word and pay’s Montreal a viisit.




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B]FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2009:
THE HOME OF GENRE CINEMA
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Due to a veritable deluge of feature presentations, Fantasia is extending its 13th edition for two extra days and will therefore be taking place from July 9th to the 29th at Concordia University’s Hall Theatre. As North America’s largest genre film festival, Fantasia will once again make good on its promise to deliver diversity, innovation, entertainment, food for thought and a good dose of eccentric and biting humour.
Genre cinema is experiencing a rapid growth and its influences can be felt on both auteur cinema and more mainstream films and as such is becoming harder to classify. This intense churning of ideas and images is reflected in this year’s line-up and activities with a selection intended for a wide audience ranging from reinvented pop culture to auteur cinema and speculative fiction, horror flicks to martial arts and grand epics.

This year, the delirious YATTERMAN, from Japanese director Takashi Miike will mark the opening of the festivities. This eagerly awaited Canadian premiere will plunge its audience into a kitschy psychedelic universe taken straight from the popular ‘70s manga.

With over 115 feature-length films from Asia, Europe, the United States, Canada and beyond, an impressive selection of short medium and feature-length movies from Quebec, documentaries, panel discussions, outdoor screenings and much more… this marathon of events will indulge everyone from the most demanding film enthusiast to the novelty starved neophyte. All this in the warm and exuberant atmosphere that has become synonymous with Fantasia.

In addition to the prizes awarded by the bright lights of the artistic community (Best Feature Film, Best First Feature, Best International Short Film, Best Quebec Short Film, Best DIY Short Film) the publications Écran Fantastique and Séquences, long-time partners of the festival, will give prizes for Best Fantasy Feature and Best Asian Film. Of course, the much coveted Public’s Choice Award will be once again presented to the movie that garnered to most votes during all
three weeks of the festival.

The Fantasia Film Festival is proud to present, in association with the Cinémathèque Québécoise and Ciné-Asie, a line-up of 13 of the most memorable Japanese erotic films or pinku eiga (“Pink Movies”) and would like to thank Jasper Sharp for his precious collaboration in putting together this prestigious retrospective. Jasper Sharp is the author of Behind the Pink Curtain: The
Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema.

2009 LINE-UP

The past 12 months have been a treasure trove for sharp, individualistic visions of the unusual. Keep your hands on the bars as we give you a quick tour of some of what we’ve got in store for you.

FIRST-CLASS ASIAN CINEMA
Over 50 Asian films, 35 from Japan, the rest from Korea, China/Hong Kong and Thailand, are invading Montreal as part of the Fantasia Film Festival’s 13th edition. With a mix of highly anticipated award-winning films presentations and guaranteed crowd pleasers, the Festival will be featuring the very best in Asian cinema.

FANTASIA IS BRIMMING WITH AWARD WINNING FILMS
Fantasia is thrilled to present the North American premiere of Park Chan-wook’s THIRST, this tale of love and vampires which is part film d’auteur, part horror flick made quite an impact at the Cannes Festival where it was awarded the Jury prize. Also from South Korea comes BREATHLESS, a first effort by Yang Ik-june who will be gracing us with his presence this year.BREATHLESS was conferred the highest distinction at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and earned the Critic’s Prize at Deauville. Hong Kong brings us the epic THE WARLORDS and IP MAN a historical martial arts movie both of which were highly praised during the last Hong Kong
Film Awards. Not to be left behind, Japan will be delighting us with the comedy FINE, TOTALLY FINE, Audience Award winner at the 2008 New York Asian Film Festival. Also noteworthy are such prominent new films as Kim Ki-duk’s DREAM and Sion Sono’s LOVE EXPOSURE, as well as YATTERMAN (this year’s opening film which will be presented by producer Yoshinori Chiba) from none other than Japanese cinema’s favourite black sheep, Takashi Miike. Finally, let’s not forget MY DEAR ENEMY a movie with magnificently intricate aesthetics which was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and whose leading lady Jeon Do-yeon is a Cannes best actress winner for her role in SECRET SUNSHINE.

HUMOUR, ACTION, EMOTION!
Kung-fu, Taekwondo and Muay Thaï will all take center stage in such films as COWEB, SPARE and FIREBALL. All the comedy lovers can look forward to INSTANT SWAMP from Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO), CRUSH AND BLUSH (produced by Park Chan-wook who also had a hand in the screenplay) and CRAZY RACER. An informed public thirsting for some thrills will not want to miss THE CHASER (a surprise 2008 hit in Korea, it was presented at Cannes last year) and ROUGH CUT
(produced and co-written by Kim Ki-duk). Tetsuya Nakashima (MEMORIES OF MATSUKO) is back with the family friendly PACO AND THE MAGIC BOOK a funny, touching and offbeat journey somewhere between Scrooge and Tim Burton. Japanese animation is back to claim its place in the Festival with such features as HELLS brought to us by Madhouse and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND, from beloved 4°C studio. Finally, for those who just can’t resist some good old over the top screwball fun we have VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL, hosted by Yoshihiro
Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE), and last but not least HARD REVENGE, MILLY where the audience will get to meet writer/producer Takanori Tsujimoto.
A lavish slice of Asian cinema, the Fantasia Film Festival is proud to offer a rich mosaic of lush, inspired and audacious cinema.

HONG KONG CINEMA: 100 YEARS
Celebrations and Spotlight on Martial Arts and Action Cinema Montreal, June 29, 2009 – Another milestone has been reached in Hong Kong history as 2009
marks 100 years since the release of the first narrative film in the former British colony. To celebrate the monumental occasion, the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office of Canada will organize "HK Night Fantasia -100 Years" beginning with a special cocktail on Wednesday, July 16, inviting media and VIPs. Ms. Maureen Siu, the director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office
of Canada will be in attendance.

The cocktail will be followed by the Canadian Premiere of Peter Chan’s Warlords starring Jet Li and Andy Lau. Fantasia will be presenting the 2 latest HK Film Awards Best Picture champions the Warlords and Ip Man (opening night). All HK features will be preceded by a vintage trailergiving strong overall view of the 100 dynamic years of HK. The Fantasia Festival is proud to be the first Canadian festival to celebrate the 100 years of HK cinema.

Martial Arts cinema has transcended international boundaries with the arrival of Bruce Lee in 1972 and Five Fingers of Death (1971 Shaw Brothers) and continues to evolve with the seamless integration of action and artistry that keeps up with the today’s ever sophisticated audiences. Fantasia will highlight the true essence of “martial arts” with a selection featuring the very actors and action directors that thrilled audiences with their athletic prowess from Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and Wu Jing under the skillful direction and production of Johnnie To, Wilson
Yip and Peter Chan.

FLIRTING WITH CHAOS THE SWEET AND EXTREME ANTI ROMANTIC COMEDY
Love sometimes hurts, but who’s to say that pain can’t be fun? Flirting With Chaos
collects a series of wild, audacious films that could best be described as “anti-romantic comedies” from Japan (LOVE EXPOSURE) Germany (MUST LOVE DEATH) South Korea (CRUSH AND BLUSH and Canada! (SANS DESSEIN).

HORROR AND FANTASY FROM IRELAND TO WEST VIRGINIA
From Ireland, we have the Canadian Premiere of Conor McPherson’s haunting supernatural drama THE ECLIPSE, hot off winning an award at the Tribeca Film Festival. France brings us David Morley’s anticipated feature debut MUTANTS (North American Premiere). Also from France comes Michel Houellebecq’s POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND (North American Premiere), the gifted author’s long-awaited directorial debut. UK filmmaker Adam Mason continues to amaze with the intense BLOOD RIVER (Canadian Premiere), a film reminiscent of both Donald Cammell
and Richard Stanley. The UK also brings forth a pair of unsettling Clive Barker Adaptations - Anthony DiBlasi’s DREAD (World Premiere) and John Harrison’s BOOK OF BLOOD (North American Premiere). Belgium’s Polanski-esque LEFT BANK (Canadian Premiere) is a phenomenal slow-burn body-horror film, directed by Pieter Van Hees. From the USA, Michael Dougherty’s much-loved TRICK ‘R’ TREAT stars Anna Paquin and Brian Cox, and has become a fan favouriteat every festival it’s screened. Also from the US is Robert Masciantonio’s NEIGHBOR (World
Premiere), easily the most extreme film we’ve seen all year– imagine AUDITION crossed with IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES! Another US film you don’t want to miss is Danny Kuchuck & John Weiner’s award-winning time-travel thriller CRYPTIC (Canadian Premiere). A couple find themselves in a fight against nature – while stranded in the Grand Canyon – in Richard Harrah’s US thriller THE CANYON (World Premiere). Brazil’s audacious EMBODIMENT OF EVIL(Canadian Premiere) marks the return of the great José Mojica Marins and is a new height in the annals of
South American surrealist horror, well-worthy of the red carpet gala it received at the Venice Film Festival.

Children can be scary little beasts, and this year’s festival showcases a trio of films that pull out all stops to illustrate this. In Paul Solet’s GRACE (Montreal Premiere), a young woman carries a dead baby to term, with results that had numerous people fainting in their seats when the film launched at Sundance earlier this year. Tom Shankland’s UK shocker THE CHILDREN (North American Premiere) pits parent against child in a gruelling fight for survival. It’s one of ourfavourite horror films of the year. Jaume Collet-Serra’s ORPHAN sees a mysterious young girl visiting hell upon her new adoptive family.

Radical independent triumphs are exploding throughout the festival like land mines of inspiration. Dominic Murphy’s WHITE LIGHTNIN’, a major discovery at Sundance and Berlin, rockets the meth-fuelled life and crimes of dancing outlaw Jesco White. Another Sundance (not to mention SXSW) hit, David Russo’s IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE (International Premiere) , features pregnant male characters giving birth to marine creatures. It very well may be this generation’s REPO MAN. Also from the US is Alejandro Adams’s CANARY, an unforgettable film that every Soderbergh fan should consider a must-see. Another US must is
Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel’s undead exploration of misogyny, the controversial DEADGIRL (Montreal Premiere). Buddy Giovinazzo’s hard-hitting LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN (International Premiere) plays like a strung out version of Altman’s SHORT CUTS by way of LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. Simon Ennis’ Canadian Slamdance hit YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE (Canadian premiere) proves that mental illness can be fun. France lands a powerhouse punch with Pierre

Laffargue’s BLACK (Canadian premiere), starring MC Jean Gab'1. Another Gallic must-see is Nicolas Alberny & Jean Mach’s subversive 8th WONDERLAND (Canadian Premiere), in which progressives from every part of the world unite online to create a virtual country and challenge the G8, with harrowing results. SANS DESSEIN (World Premiere) sees adored Quebecois comedy collective Deadcat Films deliver on the promise of their many shorts with a madcap feature debut. Also from Quebec, we've got A QUELLE HEURE LE TRAIN POUR NULLE PART, Robin Aubert's experimental and existential India-lensed road movie. Tearing straight out of South
Africa, Mark Lebenan’s adrenalized SLAM-BANG (World Premiere) is a Michael Mann-esque thriller with spirit and guts.

The theme of vengeance has resurfaced in world cinema with white hot fury, and is reflected in our lineup with a blistering pair of films from Australia and Canada – respectively, Steven Kastrissios’ award-winning THE HORSEMAN (Canadian Premiere) and Andrew Hunt’s SWEET KARMA (World Premiere). Interestingly both films deal with lone protagonists – a middle-aged, male exterminator in the former, a young female immigrant in the latter – who wage war
against the underground sex trades in their communities.

Esther Gronenborn’s German thriller THE KAIFECK MURDER (Canadian Premiere) is a triumph of atmosphere and mood. Uwe Boll does an extreme career makeover with the harrowing prison drama STOIC (North American Premiere), a co-production between Canada and the US. Speaking of Canada, we’ll be hosting the Canadian Premiere of Max Perrier’s THE ANTE, a low-budget Montreal crime film that turned many a head at Slamdance. Denmark gives us a crime film of a different breed with Henrik Ruben Genz’s fascinating neo-Noir TERRIBLY HAPPY (Canadian Premiere), winner of the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.The Comedy/Horror subgenre has never been stronger. Witness Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD (Montreal Premiere), a brilliant Victorian-era tale of grave-robbing and the supernatural that stars Dominic Monaghan, Larry Fessenden and Ron Perlman, and ranks with the best of Tim Burton. Nazi Zombies from Norway are here to change your outlook on Norwegian cinema in Tommy Wirkola’s Sundance smash DEAD SNOW (Canadian Premiere). What do you get when the director of JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER teams up with Sasha Grey, David Hess and Michael Berryman to shoot a wacked-out tribute to ‘60s splatter pioneer HG Lewis? You get SMASH CUT (World Premiere), the latest from Canada’s Lee Demarbre. Want more?UK
comedy duo James Corden and Mat Horne star in the loopy SXSW hit LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS (Canadian Premiere). Last but not least, Germany delivers one of the wildest discoveries of the year, Andreas Schaap’s MUST LOVE DEATH (World Premiere), an astounding freak fusion of romantic comedy and extreme horror that plays as if the Coen Brothers collaborated with Takashi Miike and MANHATTEN-era Woody Allen to make something in the median between FLIRTING WITH DISASTER and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE!

DOCUMENTARIES OF THE EDGE
The critically and publicly acclaimed second edition of the DOCUMENTARIES FROM THE EDGE series proved last year that it holds a distinguished place at Fantasia. This section returns this summer with five debut films taking on curious and disturbing social phenomena.. A role playing game based on the Columbine massacre is the subject of Danny Ledonne’s PLAYING COLUMBINE, a film that explores the question of responsibility in media and the culpability of creation. Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon’s GRAPHIC SEXUAL HORROR (Montreal Premiere) is a stark look at the minds and mechanisms behind insex.com, an extreme BDSM site that was shut down by US authorities using a clause in the Patriot Act. Michael Paul Stephenson’s wickedly entertaining BEST WORST MOVIE (Montreal Premiere) spends time with a pack of inadvertent celebrities – the cast of TROLL 2 (widely considered to be the worst film ever made) - whose dull, normal lives are disrupted by the surprise realization that they have fans across the world. Lastly, a year in the life of the brazenly law-un-abiding outlaw family of Jesco White is documented in Julian Nitzberg’s jaw-dropping and touching WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA (Canadian Premiere), a film that could very well land almost everyone involved in jail the minute it comes out!

VERS LES ÉTOILES: CEREBRAL SCIENCE FICTION CINEMA
This year, Fantasia will be dedicating an instalment to science fiction. Not the kind which can be summed up with flashy special effects and mere technical prowess but rather deep introspective and philosophical films. All four films shown this year share a common aim, to use familiar themes and settings in order to trigger a certain degree of contemplation from the audience. In various ways, these novel works epitomize the hopes and anxieties of today’s society. They foresee a possible future where our endless quest for health, peace and immortalityhave forced
us to turn a blind eye to cruelty and ultimately give up the very things that make us human. The road to redemption will not be an easy one but with a bit of luck we will reach the stars.

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TRIBUTES AT FANTASIA
Montreal, June 29, 2009— The Fantasia Film Festival will honour this year two of the most original and compelling artistic personalities in indie and fantastic cinema: Buddy Giovinazzo whose film LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN is getting critically acclaimed reviews in the US and fantastic cinema icon Brazilian José Mojica Marins a.k.a Coffin Joe.

HELL ON EARTH: THE FILMS OF BUDDY GIOVINAZZO

A special tribute to one of the USA’s most unsettling independent voices, known for his haunting depictions of everyday horrors: poverty, addiction, violence and abandonment. Enormously powerful, honest and raw, the shattering work of filmmaker and novelist Buddy Giovinazzo has rarely been shown in this country. To right this wrong, we’ll be paying special tribute to the man with the International
Premiere of his new feature, LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN, and a special screening of the filmmaker’s own 16mm answer print of his seldom-seen director’s cut of COMBAT SHOCK. Giovinazzo will be in town to host both screenings. CRACKTOWN, which stars Kerry Washington, Illeana Douglas, Brandon Routh, RZA and Lara Flynn Boyle, opened this past Friday (July 26) in the United States, to critical acclaim, albeit in a version that needed to be toned down before it could get into theatres. We will be screening Giovinazzo’s original cut, the first time the complete version will have been seen anywhere in the world.

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR BRAZIL’S GODFATHER OF THE FANTASTIC
We will be giving a well-earned lifetime achievement award to Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins (infamous for his Coffin Joe films). Marins’ furiously subversive anti-religion/anti-government interpretation of the genre took shape in the midst of a brutal dictatorship and remains wholly without parallel. Over his nearly half-century-long career, he has created some of the most inspired, inflammatory
and hallucinatory imagery in the history of fantastic cinema. His Coffin Joe character is equal parts the Marquis De Sade, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Salvador Dali and Friedrich Nietzsche, channelled through a love for confrontational horror films and the darkest of carnivalesque spook show iconography. We will also be doing the Canadian Premiere of Marins’ radical and critically acclaimed comeback film
EMBODIMENT OF EVIL(Encarnação do Demônio), which launched at the Venice Film Festival, and has been blowing minds across the world over the past months (Stockholm Film Festival, Sitges, Rotterdam). Marins will be in town for the occasion, his 2nd visit to Fantasia following his legendary appearance at our 2001 show. Also present will be award-winning LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY director Dennison Ramalho, who co-wrote EMBODIMENT OF EVIL with Marins, and will be in town to serve double-duty as president of our International Short Film Competition jury.

A CHILLING PAIR OF CLIVE BARKER PREMIERES
Montreal, June 29, 2009 – Last summer’s festival was home to the World Premiere of Ryûhei Kitamura’s adaptation of Clive Barker’s MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN. Following up on this, this summer’s Fantasia will be the site of two launches of hotly anticipated adaptations of the celebrated author’s work: Anthony DiBlasi’s DREAD (World Premiere), and John Harrison’s BOOK OF BLOOD (North American Premiere), the former of which stars TWILIGHT’s Jackson Rathbone. Both filmmakers will be in town to host their respective screenings.

BOOK OF BLOOD – North American Premiere, hosted by Director John Harrison
UK Dir: John Harrison “The dead pass on their stories carved in flesh to our world”. This decidedly adult Clive Barker adaptation merges two short stories from the author’s groundbreaking BOOKS OF BLOOD collection – ON JERUSALEM STREET and THE BOOK OF BLOOD – into a single feature-length narrative. Regular George A. Romero collaborator, occasional composer of immortal film scores (DAY OF THE DEAD, CREEPSHOW and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE), John Harrison brings big screen life to Barker’s morbid, sexually-charged universe with an elegance and maturity that many previous adaptations have lacked. His BOOK is an intelligent, well-performed tome that doesn’t at all shy away from grotesquery, giving light to the highways of the dead in ways that will startle you.

DREAD – World Premiere, hosted by Director Anthony DiBlasi UK-USA Dir: Anthony DiBlasi Quaid (Shaun Evans) is a grad student of philosophy, hard at work making a thesis film. He’s named his thesis “Dread”, because that’s exactly where its focus lays: the study of people’s deepest fears. Quaid has undertaken the project with fellow students Stephen (Jackson Rathbone) and Cheryl (Hanne Steen), but this baby is clearly all his. You see, Quaid is a man with daggers in his soul. As a child, he witnessed the random slaughter of his parents, an event that’s left him shaking with mortal dread to this day. Soon, however, the project will be taking turns that go far beyond the figurative, into something altogether different. Something that screams and bleeds. DREAD is a disturbing, brutal work that will leave many trembling in shock. This might be Anthony DiBlasi’s directorial debut, but the man is no stranger to the beloved Barker universe, having exec produced MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, THE PLAGUE and BOOK OF BLOOD.

GENERAL INFORMATION

TICKETS:
Tickets for the 2009 Fantasia Festival are available starting Tuesday July 7th
at 2 pm at the Concordia Hall Theatre (Guy-Concordia Metro) and throughout the
Admission Network. The price is $8,00 per ticket. Buy 10 tickets and pay only $7,00 per ticket. When buying a set of 10 tickets, you must know thetitles of the films you want to see at the moment of purchase.
For the Fantastic Week-end : There are 8 programs including 6 to 13 films each. The price per program is 8,00$.

CATALOGUES :
The full colour 268 page program with DVD of trailers will be available at a cost of 5,00$ from Friday July 3rd at HMV and most Super Club Videotron outlets. The exhaustive list of sale points will be available on our website www.fantasiafestival.com from July 3rd, 2009. On Friday July 3rd at 8 pm: our official catalogue launch party will be held again this year at La Terrasse St.Ambroise located at 5080 rue St-Ambroise, in St. Henri next to the Lachine Canal. The catalogue with DVD as well as the new Fantasia T-shirts will be on sale. Beer, food and music will be available as well as a big screen projection of all trailers for the features. In case of rain, it will be held indoors at the Centre St.Ambroise next to the terrasse.

IMPORTANT LOCATIONS
Concordia Hall Theatre (official venue)
1455 de Maisonneuve West, Guy metro
Salle J-A De Sève (official venue)
1400 de Maisonneuve West, Guy metro
Cinémathèque Québécoise
Collaboration: L’empire du désir, films érotiques japonais (July 15-26, 2009 )
335 de Maisonneuve East, Berri-Uqam metro
Parc de la Paix (outdoor screenings, Fantasia Under The Stars)
St-Laurent street, between René Lévesque and Ste Catherine

FANTASIA UNDER THE STAR
Montreal, June 29, 2009 – As part of the 13th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, Pepsi Canada, the suburb of Ville-Marie, STM, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Evokative Films in association with the Society for Arts and Technology are proud to present FANTASIA UNDER THE STARS taking place at the Parc de la Paix (St-Laurent boulevard between Ste-Catherine’s and René-Lévesque). Join us for six evenings of outdoor celebration and best of all, the screenings are completely free.

Monday, July 13th : VIVE LE COURT LIBRE (QUEBEC SHORTS)
Get ready to be thrown into the disturbing, funny, perverse, poetic and absurd universe sprung from the minds of a handful of Quebec filmmakers who wish to share with us their fantasies, fears, passions and unique views of the world. Time travel, paranoia, post-apocalyptic worlds, ghosts, oddities, humour and ecstasy await you throughout this bloc of homegrown short films. Some of the best Quebec shorts from the 2008 Fantasia festival will be showcased.

Tuesday, July 14th: OUTER LIMITS OF ANIMATION 2008
OUTER LIMITS OF ANIMATION 2008 is a singular experience spotlighting various forms of animation and storytelling through shorts from around the globe. There are examples of 2D, 3D, stop-motion and rotoscoping animation to be seen. Journey from humour to drama with a detour by surrealism. The event will feature a tribute to Canadian animator Norman McLaren by presenting three recent short films inspired by his work. You can also discover Jeff Chiba Stearns’ YELLOW STICKY NOTES (Special Mention at Fantasia 2008 for outstanding animation). In it, over 2300 yellow sticky notes are illustrated and animated.

Wednesday, July 15th: JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, Jon Knautz, U.S.A.
Brought to you by Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada.
A soaked in blood horror comedy ripe with visual gags. Trevor Matthews is a one man show taking on the role of co-writer, co-producer and starring as the titular monster slaying plumber. A great formula combining an unforgettable antihero, a hilarious supporting cast, some grotesque special effects and a wonderful performance from Robert Englund, who unveils a hidden genius for physical comedy. Since this feature-length film first made the rounds of the festival circuit it has delighted fans of the genre worldwide.

Thursday, July 16th: DJ XL5'S HELLZAPOPPIN ZAPPIN’ PARTY
You are cordially invited to take part in DJ XL5’s wild and delightfully irreverential universe. On the menu is a collection of international shorts, animations, advertisement parodies and an assortment of classic television series and fake commercials. DJ XL5 is back with a festive program simulating a lazy evening of zapping through every television station. Forget common sense and logic, an overdose of humour and eccentricity awaits you.

Friday, July 17th: TOKYO ZOMBIE, Sakichi Sato, Japan Brought to you by Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada.
Much more than a hilarious horror comedy, TOKYO ZOMBIE is also a biting and surreal satire of modern-day Japan. An oddball comedy which just happens to be a touching testament to the deep friendship to unites two characters as they go through the little hassles of everyday life, the misunderstandings and of course the infected zombie bites. The leading men should be instantly recognizable to fans of the festival and director Sato was also the screenwriter for Ichi the Killer and Gozu from director Takashi Miike. In TOKYO ZOMBIE, Sato immerses us in a completely irresistible and absurd adventure.

Saturday, July 18th: ADRIFT IN TOKYO, Satoshi Miki, Japan
Brought to you by Evokative Films
ADRIFT IN TOKYO, a humanistic and epicurean feelgood movie, was a true revelation of the 2008 Fantasia Festival. Funny, stirring and most of all intelligent, this pedestrian road trip lovingly unveils another side of Tokyo, as if you were being guided through the city by a local. Souhei Tanigawa’s superb photo direction beautifully showcases some rarely seen urban landscapes of the famous capital. A tender story populated by a cast of eccentric characters sprung from the various settings of the urban jungle.

Screenings will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will be preceded by live musical and visual performances.
Monday, July 13th: DJ Guillaume B. / VJ TIND & Liberty
Tuesday, July 14th: DJ Jan Pienkowski / VJ Pink Rubber Lady & jocool
Wednesday, July 15th: DJ Guillaume B. / VJ TIND & Liberty
Thursday, July 16th: DJ Jan Pienkowski / VJ Pink Rubber Lady & jocool
Friday, July 17th: DJ Guillaume B. / VJ TIND & Liberty
Saturday, July 18th: DJ Jan Pienkowski / VJ Pink Rubber Lady & jocool
Please note that in case of rain, screenings will be cancelled.

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THE FANTASIA FILM FEST IS ON.

Here’s some news pieces on it by a couple of Montreal’s local weeklies. The Mirror and the Hour. Read and enjoy.

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THRILLERS AND KILLERS
http://www.montrealmirror.com/2009/070909/film1.html

FANTASIA 2009 WEEK ONE STANDOUTS
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17741

BLOOD LOST : SION SONO’S LOVE EXPOSURE AT FANTASIA
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17740

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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS BY QUENTIN TARANTINO TO CLOSE THIS YEAR’S FANTASIA thumbup.gif

Montreal, July 21, 2009 – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS by Quentin Tarantino, the latest sensation at the 2009 Cannes Festival and one of the most awaited films of the year, will be closing Fantasia’s 13th edition. This very special screening is organized in collaboration with Alliance Vivafilm and is scheduled for 9:45 pm on July 29th 2009 at the Concordia Hall Theater. Eli Roth, one of the film’s main actors, will be the festival’s special guest at this screening.



« The special presentation of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS at Fantasia is a wonderful gift that we wish to offer to our audience and to Montreal and we wish to thank Alliance Vivafilm, the Weinstein Company and of course Quentin Tarantino for believing in our festival as well as for their enthusiasm, says Pierre Corbeil, president of the festival. An incredible way to end this year’s festival of which we are all very proud. »

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is set during World War II and tells the story of a group of Jewish American soldiers known as « The Basterds » trained to carry out high risk precision missions. They team up with a German actress in order to assassinate Third Reich leaders.

The film, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbenderr, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, B.J. Novak and Samm Levine.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is scheduled for release in theaters on August 21st.

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The Fantasia Fest is starting it's third week and I've seen so far nearly forty movies. Wem unedent.gif
Here's are the lattest pieces on it from a couple of local medias.


This Week Standout :
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17795

Life is hot in cracktown
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17794

Final week standout
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17851

The Orphan
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17852

Coffin Joe
http://www.hour.ca/film/film.aspx?iIDArticle=17879

Embodiment of Evil : Motion picture purgutory
http://www.montrealmirror.com/2009/072309/mpp.html

Fantasia Final Lap
http://www.montrealmirror.com/2009/072309/film2.html

Also latest news from The Fest itself

http://www.fantasiafest.com/2009/en/news/

Good reading to all

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