Fantasia 2023: The First Wave is Here! Premieres Galore From Gans, The Adams Family, and More. Larry Kent to Receive Trailblazer Award

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The impending summer means it's nearly time for our annual trip to Montreal with the Fantasia International Film Festival! We'll have multiple members of the Screen Anarchy team on the ground again this year, ready and eager to let you know about the freshest genre cinema the universe has to offer.

This year's first wave of programming has arrived and it's every bit as impressive as we'd expect. World premieres from horror's first family, Toby Poser, John Adams, and Zelda Adams with Where the Devil Roams, Frontiere(s) director Xavier Gens hotly anticipated Mayhem, Larry Fessenden does lycanthropy with Blackout, Nicholas Tomany with What You Wish For, The Ranger's Jenn Wexler's sophomore feature The Sacrifice Game, and many, many more.

This year sees the festival celebrating Larry Kent with the Canadian Trailblazer Award, as well as honoring South Korean cinema with retro and premiere screenings of the third film in The Outlaws series, The Roundup: No Way Out, alongside retro screenings of Please Take Care of My Cat and The President's Last Bang. And that's only the beginning!

Fantasia takes place in Montreal from July 20th through August 9th, the full lineup wil be available in July, but you can check out the rest of the first wave in the gallery below 


A spotlight on South Korean cinema, a Canadian trailblazer Award for underground legend Larry Kent and World Premieres of new works from Larry Fessenden, Xavier Gens, Jenn Wexler, The Adams Family, and Victor Ginzburg + International Premieres of Tsutomu Hanabusa’s blockbusters TOKYO REVENGERS 2 - PART 1 & 2 headline the first wave of titles announced for Fantasia’s 27th edition! 

Thursday May 11, 2023 // Montreal, Quebec -- The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 27th edition with a whiplashing program of screenings, workshops, and launch events running from July 20 through August 9, 2023, taking place at the Concordia Hall Cinema, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque québécoise and Cinéma du Musée.

The festival’s full lineup will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is excited to reveal a selected first wave of titles and happenings. 


Since the selection of Kang Je-gyu’s GINGKO BED at Fantasia’s 1998 edition, the festival has become one of the premiere destinations for South Korean cinema. Over the years, Fantasia’s audience has had the opportunity to discover several essential Korean auteurs: Bong Joon-ho (BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE), Park Chan-wook (SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE), Kim Ji-woon (THE QUIET FAMILY), Hwang Dong-hyuk (MISS GRANNY), and Yeon Sang-ho (THE KING OF PIGS) among many others. These filmmakers are now mainstays of the international film scene, lighting up the big screen and streaming platforms alike.

Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea, the Fantasia International Film Festival –in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center Canada and the Cinémathèque québécoise– is proud to showcase this unique national cinema. The festival will emphasize the vitality of current works and the versatility of South Korean creators, who work in a multitude of genres ranging from action to arthouse, breathtaking thrillers to outlandish musical comedies. The festival will also present a retrospective highlighting several significant works that led to the revival of Korean cinema in the 2000s, an effervescence that hasn’t stopped since.

Fantasia will host the North American premiere of NEW NORMAL by Jung Bum-shik (GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM), a cynical and timely one-man horror anthology. The festival will also host the Canadian premieres of An Tae-jin's period acupuncturist thriller THE NIGHT OWL; the violent and boisterous THE ROUNDUP: NO WAY OUT by Lee Sang-yong, featuring Don Lee once again; the 4K restoration of Jeong Jae-un’s coming-of-age TAKE CARE OF MY CAT (2001) and a screening of the unmissable THE PRESIDENT’S LAST BANG (2005) by master Im Sang-soo. More titles will be announced soon.

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