Fantasia 2020: Second Wave of Titles Announced! Home Grown Thrills, International Scares And The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park!
The second wave of titles for this year's virtual edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival were announced an hour ago. As expected there is a tonne of genre goodness coming to our screens at the end of August.
First we need to start with a bit of hometown pride. There are a number of Canadian titles having their world premieres during the festival. Bleed With Me from Amelia Moses, For The Sake of Vicious from Gabriel Carrer & Reese Eveneshen, The Oak Room from Cody Calahan and Slaxx from Elza Kephart. Kephart's film was presented during the Frontieres Coproduction Market in Montreal. It's always nice to see successful projects return to where it wall began.
The U.S. may be on figurative fire right now for all sorts of reasons but that hasn't stopped a good number of titles to find their way to the festival. The documentary Class Action Park from Seth Porges & Chris Charles Scott III looks especially intersting. I found Mickey Reece's Climate of the Hunter to be especially engrossing and parculiar. There is also the new film The Dark and The Wicked from Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers.
Countries from the Asian continant have always had at home at Fantasia and there are some must-sees in this second wave, just based on description alone. Starting with the obvious, Crazy Samurai Musashi, starring one of our favorite Japanese action stars, Tak Sakaguchi. It's a single 77-minute action sequence shot by Sakaguchi collbaorator Yûji Shimomura (Death Trance and Re:Born) featuring Tak against 588 foes! Whaaaaaaaaaaaat!?!
The Tawainese horror flick Detention should be fun. When has a horror flick ever won five of it's local top film awards? Detention was nominated for twelve prizes at the 56th Golden Horse Awards. Someone knows how to show respect for horror in their homeland.
My Punch-Drunk Boxer from Jung Hyuk-ki promises a boxing drama and a rom-com about a boxer who gets a devistating diagnoses. Sounds like it is going to be incredibly infectious before it rips out your heart at the end. Where do we sign up?
And Cho Kyung-hun's animated flick Beauty Water sounds specifically frightening and horrific as it speaks on South Korea's obsession with physical appearance. Sounds like an animated body horror in on it's way. Wheee!
There's lots to see and read about in the gallery below. Despite the changes the festival has had to made in this crazy Covid-affected world they've still managed to wrangle together an impressive lineup of titles, with more to still be announced.
FANTASIA VIRTUAL ANNOUNCES THRILLING SECOND WAVE OF TITLESBryan Bertino’s THE DARK AND THE WICKED, Tsutomu Hanabusa’s PROJECT DREAMS - HOW TO BUILD MAZINGER Z'S HANGAR, John Hyams’ ALONE, Mathias Malzieu’s A MERMAID IN PARIS, Yûji Shimomura’s CRAZY SAMURAI MUSASHI, Elza Kephart’s SLAXX, Yoav Shamir’s THE PROPHET AND THE SPACE ALIENS, and THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND from celebrated Fantasia alumnus the McManus Brothers among highlights from the second wave of programming for the festival’s 24th edition.The Fantasia International Film Festival will launch its 24th edition next month as an exciting virtual event composed of scheduled live screenings, program library, panels, and workshops, taking place from August 20th to September 2nd, 2020. The festival will be accessible across Canada, geo-locked to the country, and will maintain unique film admittance quantities in line with the cinema experience.Fantasia is thrilled to reveal its second wave of programming and will return in early August with its third and final line-up announcement.Fantasia will announce the full programming lineup for its 24th edition on August 6, 2020.For more information, visit us on the web at www.fantasiafestival.com
SECOND WAVE FILM LISTALONEDir. Marc MenchacaUSAInternational PremiereBEAUTY WATERDir. Cho Kyung-hunSouth KoreaNorth American PremiereBLEED WITH MEDir. Amelia MosesCanadaWorld PremiereTHE BLOCK ISLAND SOUNDDirs. Kevin & Matthew McManusUSAWorld PremiereCLASS ACTION PARKDirs. Seth Porges & Chris Charles Scott IIIUSAInternational PremiereCLIMATE OF THE HUNTERDir. Mickey ReeceUSAQuebec PremiereTHE COLUMNISTDir. Ivo van AartNetherlandsNorth American PremiereCRAZY SAMURAI MUSASHIDir. Yûji ShimomuraJapanCanadian PremiereTHE DARK AND THE WICKEDDir. Bryan BertinoUSAInternational PremiereDETENTIONDir. John HsuTaiwanCanadian PremiereLA DOSISDir. Martin KrautArgentinaNorth American PremiereTHE FIVE RULES OF SUCCESSDir. Orson OblowitzUSAWorld PremiereFOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUSDirs. Gabriel Carrer & Reese EveneshenCanadaWorld PremiereFUGITIVE DREAMSDir. Jason NeulanderUSAWorld PremiereI WeirDoDir. Liao Ming-YiTaiwanCanadian PremiereJESTERS: THE GAME CHANGERSDir. Kim Joo-hoSouth KoreanNorth American PremiereLIFE: UNTITLEDDir. Kana YamadaJapanCanadian PremiereME AND MEDir. Jung Jin-youngSouth KoreaNorth American PremiereA MERMAID IN PARIS (Une sirène à Paris)Dir. Mathias MalzieuFranceNorth American PremiereMINOR PREMISEDir. Eric SchultzUSAWorld PremiereMY PUNCH-DRUNK BOXERDir. Jung Hyuk-kiSouth KoreaNorth American PremiereTHE OAK ROOMDir. Cody CalahanCanadaWorld PremierePROJECT DREAMS - HOW TO BUILD MAZINGER Z'S HANGARDir. Tsutomu HanabusaJapanInternational PremiereTHE PROPHET AND THE SPACE ALIENSDir. Yoav ShamirIsrael/Austria/South AfricaNorth American PremierePVT CHATDir. Ben HozieUSAInternational PremiereSANZARUDir. Xia MagnusUSAInternational PremiereSAVAGE STATEDir. David PerraultFrance/Canada/BelgiumNorth American PremiereSLAXXDir. Elza KephartCanadaWorld PremiereVERTIGODir. Jeon Gye-sooSouth KoreaCanadian Premiere