July 10th, 2008 08:49:00
Beautiful Sunday (Korea) Dir.: Jin Kwang-kyo Canadian premiere
A particularly debased atmosphere permeates BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY, a film that inflicts unease on even the sturdiest audience, exploring as it does the ugliest corners of the human psyche. Its remarkable that a novice filmmaker should tackle such raw and risky themes, and a narrative structure so complex, but he succeeds admirably.
Small Gauge Trauma
Small Gauge Trauma 2008
A selection of provocative films from all over the world that will surely stay crafted in your brains for weeks.
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 Sparrow (Hong Kong) Dir.: Johnnie To - Canadian premiere
Three years in the making and set in the smooth and intuitive world of pickpockets, where razors and wits are weapons of choice, Johnnie Tos THE SPARROW is his most personal work, with touch of OLIVER TWIST and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIRa pure cinematic delight, filled with twists and turns and concluding with an impressive showdown with umbrellas and razors in the downpour of rain.
Accuracy of Death
Accuracy of Death (Japan) Dir.: Masaya Kakei - Canadian premiere
Based on the popular novel of the same name by Kotaro Isaka, ACCURACY OF DEATH explores territory not entirely different from that of the smash hit series DEATH NOTE, examining morality and mortality from the point of view of the supernatural beings tasked with striking down the living. Takeshi Kaneshiro (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, RETURNER), returning to Japanese cinema after a six-year absence.
Adrift In Tokyo (Japan) Dir.: Satoshi Miki - Canadian premiere
A debt-ridden loser is coerced by a surly gangster into accompanying him on a walk across Tokyo. Funny, touching and devilishly smart, this pedestrian road trip from Satoshi Miki reveals another side of the Japanese capital. Mikis script, packed with amazing dialogue, examines urban alienation without cynicism, underlining the tension between tradition and modernity. A humanist feelgood movie with an appetite, ADRIFT IN TOKYO may well be the surprise of the year at Fantasia.
Black Belt (Japan) Dir.: Shunichi Nagasaki
While attempts have been made to explore the philosophical underpinnings of martial arts (Bruce Lees final, incomplete GAME OF DEATH, most notably), they have been few enough that BLACK BELT stands out boldly in its field as an unadorned fable of wrong paths and righteousness. Key to its success is the fact that the three leads, while competent actors, are first and foremost certified karate masters recognized and admired in their domain.
Home Movie (USA) Dir : Christopher Denham World Premiere hosted by Andrew van den Houten.
Parents documenting their infants behaviour are confronted by the fact that the children have a frightening cruel streak that appears to be getting more severe by the day. The most mature and provocative entry yet in the current wave of reality horror filmmaking, HOME MOVIE takes us into the troubled household of the idealized American family-next-door, laying bare their darkest power struggles and most disturbing transgressions. Ferociously smart and frightening, it recalls the 70s cycle of horror films that deconstructed the family unit in horrifically revealing ways. A chilling masterpiece from a major new talent, this film will absolutely paralyze you.
World premiere of Home Movie