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Fantasia Under the Stars

As part of the tenth anniversary of the Fantasia festival, a number of films will be screened under the night sky in le Parc de la Paix (Boul. Saint-Laurent between Sainte-Catherine and René-Lévesque), and better yet, they’ll be shown for free. The films will be shown in their original languages, with English subtitles.

The screenings will take place on July 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2006, at 9 p.m. This project is the result of the partnership between the City of Montreal, the SAT, Belle Gueule and Concept Audio Visuel. In case of rain, the screenings will be cancelled.


Friday July 14th, 2006

Kamikaze Girls

Show starts at 9:00pm

Japan | 2003 | 103 min
Japanase language, English subtitles

Director : Nakashima Tetsuya
Screenplay: Nakashima Tetsuya, Novala Takemoto
Cast: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Nobara Takemoto, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Ryoko Shinohara

Kamizaze Girls

Momoko’s drab existence is rudely interrupted by the sudden intrusion into her life by Ichiko. A foulmouthed, spitting, snarling tough girl in outrageous gear and too much makeup, Ichiko is a lieutenant in the all-girl scooter gang, the Ponytails. These two couldn’t be more unlike one another, and the road to their lasting friendship will be as bumpy as a spin on Ichiko’s tricked-out scooter. Together, they’ll face the hopes and heartaches of impending adulthood with a sneer and a giggle, but no regrets.

Kamikaze Girls may well the perfect date movie. On the one hand, it’s a genuinely funny and touching tale of two girls building a sincere friendship. On the other hand, it’s dolled up with the rapid-fire, whiplash stylistic flourishes of Guy Ritchie and David Fincher, the smart-ass pop-culture cool of Quentin Tarantino and even a gang beatdown thrown in for good measure. J-pop starlets Anna Tsuchiya and Kyoko Fukada head up a fabulous cast of clowns and characters, from girl gangsters and pachinko hustlers to clueless rural cowpokes and flamboyant fashionistas. With a wicked cool soundtrack, a toolbox full of cinematic tricks and devices, bucketloads of bright colours, gratuitous anime segments and an amphetamine-charged tempo, Kamikaze Girls comes on like a furious funhouse ride through the highs and lows, joys and frustrations of contemporary Japanese adolescence. (Special thanks to Viz Video)
—Rupert Bottenberg


Saturday July 15th, 2006

UFO ROBOT GRANDIZER – The Last Four Episodes

Show starts at 9:00pm

Japan | 1977 | 100 min
French language

Director : Masayuki Akemi, Tomoharu Katsumata, Masamune Ochiai
Screenplay: Keisuke Fujikawa, Mitsura Majima, Shozo Uehara. Based on Go Nagai's work.
Voices: Daniel Gall, Michel Gatineau, Pierre Guillermo, Jacques Ferrière, Jeanne Val

Goldorak

In the final episodes, Actarus and his team fights with the Grand stratéguerre and his war fleet. Actarus finally kisses Vénusia (his "will-he, won't-he" love interest through most of the series), during a sunset, on Goldorak's belt... Their teammates Fénicia and Alcor share a similar tender moment... and then Actarus and Fenicia depart in Goldorak for their former home planet Euphor, to rebuild it from the destruction inflicted by the végans. But they promise to return... someday...

Discover or rediscover the last four episodes of a television series that almost single-handly define a whole generation of French Canadian TV lovers back in the early eighties. Goldorak under the stars!


Friday July 21st, 2006

Night of The Living Dorks

Show starts at 9:00pm

Germany | 2004 | 89 min
German language, English subtitles

Director : Matthias Dinter
Screenplay: Matthias Dinter
Cast: Tino Mewes, Thomas Schmieder, Manuel Cortéz, Collien Fernandes, Nadine Germann, Hendrik Borgmann
Producers: Philip Voges, Mischa Hofmann

Night of The Living Dorks

It’s not easy being a misfit at Fredrich Nietzsche High School. You’d think life would only be harsher if one were dead and somehow still in school. As three "nerds" discover, in many ways, it’s a hell of a better time! Now with superhuman strength and a total insensitivity to pain, they can stand up to the school’s worst bullies. These teenage zombies can even play football. Perhaps most exciting, with no livers to worry about, they can get trashed around the clock! Their social status becomes as cool as their slowly decomposing bodies. Of course, suppressed urges are growing increasingly difficult to control and appendages are starting to fall off, but… who needs stitches when you’ve got a staple gun?

Writer/director Matthias Dinter has brought the world an unusual high school comedy that proudly stands its ground with equal helpings of crassness and sweetness. It’s a surprisingly endearing affair, with a starry-eyed love story at its centre, in the midst of some of the funniest doper gags in ages and nasty bodily humour that would make the American Pie people drop. Complete with a German pop-punk soundtrack, this film is a ton of fun, and not remotely the Shaun of the Dead cash-in you might suspect upon initially hearing its title. It’s also weirdly naïve, which adds considerably to the film’s goofball charm. An audience favourite wherever its been shown, Night of the Living Dorks is a whacked-out, feel-good flick that totally works. (Thanks to Anchor Bay Canada)
—Mitch Davis


Saturday July 22nd, 2006

Attack the Gas Station

Show starts at 9:00pm

South Korea | 1999 | 113 min
Korean language, English subtitles

Director : Sang-Jin Kim
Cast: Sung-jae Lee,Oh-seong Yu, Seong-jin Kang,Ji-tae Yu, Yeong-gyu Park, Jun Jeong.
Producers: Mi-hee Kim, Kwan Soo Lee

Attack of the Gas Station

A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. Later, while hanging out in a Chinese noodle shop, they decide to rob the same gas station. After taking the gas station over, their wacky antics ensue; forcing the manager to sing, kidnapping customers that complain about the service, and staging fist-fights between street gang members and gas station employees; all of these reflect their own gripes against society. (Special thanks to Media Blasters)

Bring your folding chairs, and discover the festival under the open sky! Enjoy the films!
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