Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

Morality will be pulverised today.

July 15th, 2008 16:09:00

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North American premiere of Our Town.

Our Town (South Korea) Dir.: Jung Gil-young – North American premiere
With this debut feature, writer/director Jeong Gil-yeong ably weaves together some of the most prominent strands of current Korean cinema—police drama, serial-killer movie, revenge saga, social critique and psychological study—with amazing smoothness, boobytraping it with twisted surprises while picking apart three minds locked in a complex game of cat-and-mouse. Fantasia regulars will be happy to see Ryu Deok-hwan, International prizewinner at last year’s festival for his turn in LIKE A VIRGIN, almost unrecognizable in his disturbing role here.

The End (Canada) Dir : Jeremy Thomas – Montreal Premiere hosted by Jeremy Thomas.
Ever since a premonition permitted him to save the life of a young girl, a unhinged teacher can’t shake the sense that his entire destiny has been plotted out in advance. When a policewoman requests his help in order to capture a serial killer, he accepts her request, oblivious to the fact that his worst fears may soon be confirmed. This audacious first film is unquestionably the most original Canadian film of the year. A stunning appearance on the landscape of DIY cinema, it leads us into a realm of the delirious where the standard rules of film narrative are shattered.

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Canadian premiere of An Empress and the Warriors

An Empress and the Warriors (Hong Kong) Dir.: Tony Ching Siu-Tung - Canadian premiere
One of a number of spectacular martial arts epics unleashed by China this year, this one stars the radiant Kelly Chen, acclaimed as both an actress and a pop singer. She portrays the princess Feier, poised to inherit the Emperor’s throne, torn by love and treachery.

Stuck(Canada / USA) Dir.: Stuart Gordon – Montreal Premiere
You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe and you will absolutely be shocked. Yes, Stuart Gordon is back! From RE-ANIMATOR to EDMOND, Gordon’s work has consistently provoked in the most unconventional and extreme ways. Wait until you see what he’s done now. Loosely based on an actual crime (Gordon fictionalized certain matters to allow for a hugely radical last act), STUCK is a jet-black social satire that mercilessly drives spikes through our self-centered culture of unaccountability.

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Director Sean Donnelly will be at the screening of I Think We’re Alone Now.

I Think We’re Alone Now (USA) Dir : Sean Donnelly – Montreal Premiere hosted by Sean Donelly.
A film about Tiffany stalkers! For two weeks in 1987, teen goddess Tiffany blasted her pop rocket through the charts with a hit cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now.” 21 years later, she still has her share of obsessive stalkers. Hilarious and ultimately heartbreaking, this extraordinary doc drops you headfirst into the worlds of two of them: 50-year-old Jeff Turner and thirty-something hermaphrodite Kelly McCormick. Always impossible to turn away from and reminiscent of grungier Errol Morris, I THINK... slyly evolves from being frequently laugh-out-loud hysterical into a compassionate, haunting depiction of delusion and loneliness.

The Chasing World (Japan) Dir: Issei Shibata - Canadian premiere
With this delightful adaptation of the novel by Yusuke Yamada, Issei Shibata delivers an admirable exercise in clever counterpoint. The pumping adrenaline of the desperate footrace that threads THE CHASING WORLD, a motif of arcade-game simplicity, as well as the deliberate toying with corny B-movie tropes, are played off an intriguing premise aligned with the transposed realities of Philip K. Dick, an understated, eerily melancholy classical music score, and moments of true darkness.

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Canadian premiere of Red.

Red (USA) Dir.: Trygve Allister Diesen, Lucky McKee - Canadian premiere
Based on a novel by Jack Ketchum (GIRL NEXT DOOR), and jointly directed in separate periods by Lucky McKee (MAY) and Trygve Allister Diesen (DRØMMEFANGEREN), RED spins familiar DEATH WISH morality smash-ups into a gripping new breed that forces its audience to contemplate many uncomfortable questions. Situations escalate and things turn bloody, but RED is not a cutthroat vengeance fest. Instead, it chooses to firmly lay its blows as a compassionate and deeply human tale of inhumanity. It does not explode. It whimpers. It cries. And it hurts.