Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

Johnnie To, DJ XL5 and... a pot of cream ?!?

July 8th, 2008 14:27:00


Second Skin, (USA) Dir : Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza – Montreal Premiere hosted by Victor Pineiro and Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza.
Every day, more than 50 million players assemble on virtual platforms like World of Warcraft, hungry for the stirring experiences that real life just can’t provide. For most, perhaps, these parallel worlds are nothing more than a game. For some, though, it’s a way of life. SECOND SKIN lets you into their lives. Tragic, touching, funny and profoundly human, this is easily one of the best docs of the year.

Triangle (Hong Kong) Dir.: Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark - Montreal premiere
One director gets the ball rolling, another moves it along, the third brings it all home. A cinematic challenge that only artists of the calibre of Hong Kong’s celebrated Ringo Lam, Johnnie To and Tsui Hark—three living legends long since familiar to Fantasia fans, working with a first-rate cast, add up to a bravura exercise in group creation.

Wide Awake (South Korea) Dir.: Lee Kyoo-man - North American premiere
A small child undergoes an operation, but though anaesthetized, he remembers every moment of the ordeal. Traumatized, his behavious in the following years becomes increasingly unsettling. As an adult, he’s out for revenge on the hospital staff. A complex and creepy medical thriller that unveils the origins of a psychopath far more effectivelt than Rob Zombie}s HALLOWEEN.

La crème (France) Dir : Reynald Bertrand – Montreal premiere
Father of a family on welfare, François receives for Christmas a very special pot of cosmetic cream. When he smears a dab on his face, he suddenly appears to be a superstar celebrity in the eyes of all around him. His life is about to change drastically. In the spirit of Woody Allen’s early films, this hilarious comedy offers a withering critique of our attachment to fame and the famous.

Mad Detective

MAD DETECTIVE. (Hong Kong) Dir.: Johnnie 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, they’re back on familiar turf—sardonic yet sensitive film noir—but nonetheless bring an otherworldly twist to their tale.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Suède) Réal : Tomas Alfredson – Canadian Premiere
An instant-classic, this utterly brilliant Scandinavian film about the relationship between a 12-year-old boy and a young vampire girl is without doubt the strongest vampire work since NEAR DARK. Subversive and shocking, dreamlike and touching, hypnotic and horrific, it follows the classical rules of vampire mythology, updating each of them in startling new ways, while hitting hard as both an outsider coming-of-age film and a mysterious love story that explores the darker side of adolescent alienation. An uncompromising masterpiece and a major award-winner at this year`s Tribeca Film Festival.

DJ XL5's Hellzapoppin Zappin' Party

DJ XL5's Hellzapoppin Zappin' Party
DJ XL5 is back with a festive program of shorts edited in the manner of zapping from one TV channel to another, making you forget your troubles by submerging you in a universe where good sense and logic don’t necessarily apply. An international overdose of humour and strangeness without shame. As with every year, arrive early because XL5 is the only Fantasia programmer with a record of strating 20 minutes early! Musical Intermission awaits.