Every year, those who don't already live in Montreal descend upon the city for what I like to call "summer movie camp." Fantasia hosts three glorious weeks of kung-fu, kaiju, sci-fi, horror, awards, short programs, live events, and its awesome growing film market, Frontieres.
It's a cliche, but that's because it's true: there really is something for everyone here, including stuff for kids (the My First Fantasia programs). So starting tonight, we'll celebrate cinema during Fantasia's 20th anniversary. And both Takashi Miike and Guillermo del Toro are coming! See you at Concordia University --- or at the Irish Embassy over some pulled pork poutine!
Check out what team ScreenAnarchy is excited to see at the festival this year.
Guillermo del Toro will receive this year's Cheval Noir Award, given each year to a master who's contributed a great deal of blood, sweat, tears, and movies. Films like Chronos, The Devil's Backbone, Crimson Peak, Hellboy, and Pan's Labyrinth have inspired countless filmmakers, and artists; del Toro's work has enthralled moviegoers for decades. There aren't many directors more deserving of this honor than del Toro, who I suspect will get a standing ovation at the event. -Michele "Izzy" Galgana