July 9th, 2008 00:03:00
Peur(s) du noir (France) Dir : Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire Canadian premiere
This animated omnibus horror film is cut from a mind-altering clothnamely, from the visionary minds of six cutting-edge underground/alternative graphic artists and cartoonists: Frances Blutch, Marie Caillou and Pierre di Sciullo, Italys Lorenzo Mattotti and the USAs Charles Burns and Richard McGuire. Each artist worked with complete creative freedom to conjure their own unique interpretations of the theme fear of the dark, and no two perspectives, let alone styles, are even remotely alike. A must for fans of animation, contemporary comics or unusual visions of the macabre.
Last chance to see Peur(s) du noir
Sukiyaki Western Django (Japan) Dir.: Takashi Miike - Montreal premiere
Japans maverick, manically productive Takashi Miike (IZO, GOZU, ICHI THE KILLER) explodes and rebuilds yet another film genre with this over-the-top spaghetti western pastiche where six-shooters cross with katanas and the blood flows freely, with dialogue delivered entirely in phonetic English by its Japanese cast (except for Quentin Tarantino, who makes a cameo!). Bright, brash, violent, and deliberately campy, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO is an intentional cult film that succeeds on all fronts.
The Assembly (China) Dir.: Feng Xiaogang.- Canadian premiere
A true historical tale of an officer struggling to have the sacrifice of his troops during the Chinese civil war recognized. A moving and action-packed film, with an opening recalling SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
Canadian premiere for The Assembly
Mad Detective (Hong-Kong) Dir.: Johnny To Montreal premiere
Both of them master craftsman in their own right, titans of Hong Kong cinema, filmmakers Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai have a special alchemy when they work together. With the psychological thriller MAD DETECTIVE, theyre back on familiar turfsardonic yet sensitive film noirbut nonetheless bring an otherworldly twist to their tale. Key to pulling it off is a bravura performance by Lau Ching-wan.
Idiots and Angels (USA) Dir : Bill Plympton Canadian Premiere hosted by Bill Plympton.
After his large-scale, colour-drenched, celebrity-voiced indie epic HAIR HIGH, Bill Plympton has taken shelter in the opposite extreme, creating a raw, stripped-down feature that returns to the basics of his award-winning cult shorts. Poetic, nasty and sweetened with an oddly optimistic flavour of misanthropy, IDIOTS AND ANGELS details the surprising exploits of a mean-spirited gun dealer who wakes up to discover angel wings sprouting from his back. This is Plympton at his purest, with no dialogue, minimal characters and endless waves of inspiration.
Canadian premiere of Idiots and Angels
Epitaph (Korea) Dir.: Jeong Beom-sik and Jeong Sik - Canadian premiere
The Jung Brothers learned their craft from the best, working as key members of Park Chan-Wooks technical team, and with their first film, they have produced a gorgeously eerie mood piece, one that favours an ominous, creeping menace to in-your-face scares. Loaded with sumptuous photography, disturbing imagery and a strong cast, EPITAPH will simply burrow its way in to you, leaving its mark long after the final frame has run.
The Most Beautiful Night in the World (Japan) Dir.: Daisuke Tengan North-American premiere
An intricate fable of understated Japanese magic realism, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHT IN THE WORLD is an extended meditation on all-too-human drives and desires, denial and deliverance, making its North American premiere at Fantasia. Director Daisuke Tenganson of cinema legend Shohei Imamura and scripter of Miikes AUDITIONhas crafted a soft-spoken yet scintillating cinematic gem, fresh, funny and philosophical, and daring in its frank sexuality (the climactic ensemble scene will shock and delight).
The Objective (USA) Dir : Daniel Myrick Canadian Premiere
Sent on a top secret mission in the afghan desert, a CIA agent is shocked to discover something sinister and poweful is hiding under the sand. Nine years after the unforgettable BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Daniel Myrick is back in fine form with THE OBJECTIVE, arguably one of this years most important fantastic dramas. While meticulously building a shadowy and frightening fog of fear, Myrick surprises with his sharp and informed criticism of the war in Afghanistan.
Canadian premiere of The Objective