Tag: fantasia

Short Cuts: Ethan Soo's SWEPT UNDER

Short Cuts is a new feature in which we chart a direct route to exciting genre shorts that deserve to cut through the clutter. Armed coups, military conflicts and the wars they can trigger are unquestionably rife with horror, a...

Friday One Sheet: POLARIS

This rough and tumble design for Kirsten Carthew's eco-action 'raised by bears' picture exudes all kinds of gritty energy. The muted high-grain image centers on lead Viva Lee in helmeted glory, screaming at the world. It drops the credit block...

Fantasia 2021 Review: SATOSHI KON, THE ILLUSIONIST

Watching Pascal-Alex Vincent's summation of Kon Satoshi's work and life and untimely death made me more than a little bit sad. Not because the film is a poor tribute or account of one of the leading lights of Japanese filmmaking,...

Fantasia 2021 Review: BABY, DON'T CRY Plays Rough and Tumble with Youth

Seventeen year old Baby leads a fairly structured life in a leafy, almost rural, Seattle suburb. She cares for her shut-in mother, to the point of weekly sponge-baths, has a domestic cleaning gig with one of her more affluent neighbours,...

Fantasia 2021 Review: TIN CAN, Industrial Grade Medical Nightmare Fuel

For many, a hospital visit is an exhausting house of horrors and bodily function humiliation, a prison on the road to wellness, where consent is as much implied as it is expected.   Imagine your choices, and your suffering, at...

Fantasia 2021 Curtain Raiser: This is What We're Watching, so You Should Watch Them Too

That's a bit of a presumptive title there isn't it? I mean, seriously, there are so many great titles at this year's Fantasia, how do you choose? Another man's junk yadda yadda, right?  The great thing is, Fantasia is three...

Friday One Sheet: BABY, DON'T CRY

This week, in anticipation of the Fantasia Film Festival coming in August, we have the key art for Jesse Dvorak and Zita Bai's troubled teenager coming-of-age drama, with a dollop of magical realism, Baby, Don't Cry. Be it hand painted, or...

THE CLEANER Exclusive: New Concept Art Emerges Ahead of EFM

Back in 2017 one of my favorite pitches from the Frontieres coproduction market was for Jan van Gorkum's horror comedy The Cleaner.    In the Dutch production The Cleaner, a dark comedy and horror flick, the central character Barry, a...

Friday One Sheet: SPOOR

Today we have a stark, and 'uncanny valley' type of key art out of Turkey. Agnieszka Holland's much lauded Polish crime film, Pokot (Trophy), took a fair number of awards and plaudits on the festival circuit including Berlin's Silver Bear,...

Fantasia 2017: Watch the Trailer for TRANSMISSION, A 'Lynchian Brexit' Short Film

Varun Raman and Tom Hancock's short film Transmission, what they have dubbed a 'Lynchian Brexit' themed short film, will have its international premiere at the Fantasia Int'l Film Festival on July 30th in the Celluloid Experiments 2017 program. The filmmakers were...

Frontières 2017: Call For Submissions in Now Open!

Filmmakers of the World, the time has come to get your aspiring new film projects in for Frontières@Fantasia in Montreal this July and your work-in-progress projects to Frontières Goes to Cannes in May.    Some of the best places to...

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Bobby Miller on THE MASTER CLEANSE

Of all the films that I've seen at Fantasia this year, The Master Cleanse from writer-director Bobby Miller ranks among the weirdest and most unique. I have to admit that the first 20 minutes of the film didn't draw me...

BiFan 2016 Review: THE LURE, The Polish Mermaid Horror-Musical You Never Knew You Wanted

In the crowded world of cinema, many filmmakers set out to try something different. However, it's one thing to be novel, which normally means stretching a thin gimmick over other recycled bits of past films, but another thing entirely to...

Frontières@Brussels: Submissions For Annual Co-Production Market Are Open

What was one of my best kept secrets, for about a year and half, was that if there was any weekend to attend the Fantasia International Film Festival it was the second weekend during the Frontières Co-Production Market. But like all...

Fantasia 2015 Review: NINA FOREVER Is A Threesome With Sex, Love And Death.

I had a university professor (English literature) who was fond of saying, "Nobody walks away happy from a threeway." I wonder what he would have to say about the Blaine Brothers' Nina Forever, a dark but droll relationship drama that...

Fantasia 2015: HEIR Trailer Teases Something Awfully Horrible

Richard Powell's Heir will screen at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada tomorrow, and the first teaser suggests that something awfully horrible will be unfolding. Powell and his team have previously made Worm, Familiar, Remote, and The Last...

Fantasia 2015: Trailer For THE INTERIOR Goes Into The Foggy Woods

Presented with a mix of economy and mood, the short teaser for Trevor Juras' feature film debut, The Interior, gives you everything you need to know without telling you anything. A man suffering from the malaise of his urban existence...

Warsaw 2014 Review: FANTASIA, A Beautifully-Lensed, But Overly Familiar Chinese Indie

In Wang Chao's Fantasia, one family's struggle to overcome a personal crisis, inevitably worsened by the father's progressive terminal illness, serves its purpose as a catalyst for the director to weave a tale of seemingly great social significance. Even though...

Fantasia 2014 Review: CYBERNATURAL

Man, I hate Facebook.Sure, it's what the cool kids have been using these days, at least until Snapchat started taking over as the dominant way of communicating without your mom seeing. While for us old people it's a great way...

DEALER: WTFilms Take International Sales Rights On Eve Of World Premiere At Fantasia, Watch An Exclusive Clip Now

It was back in April that we first introduced readers to Jean Luc Herbulot and his stylish, low budget, French crime thriller Dealer and with the film set to have its world premiere today at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal...