July 18th, 2008 12:51:00
Handle Me With Care (Thaïland) Dir : Kongdej Jaturanrasamee North-American Premiere, hosted by producer Yongyoot Thongkongtoon.
Written and directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (MIDNIGHT MY LOVE), best known in these parts as the screenwriter of the Tony Jaa vehicle TOM YUM GOONG/THE PROTECTOR, HANDLE ME WITH CARE is yet another example of what makes the better visions of Thai cinema so unique in a commercial landscape of sameness. It works the outrageous into something that gradually begins to feel like the everyday, eschewing the louder kookiness that you might expect in favour of something understated and sweet. And still kooky!
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 cinemapolice drama, serial-killer movie, revenge saga, social critique and psychological studywith 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 years festival for his turn in LIKE A VIRGIN, almost unrecognizable in his disturbing role here.
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie is part of Cryptozoologie
Cryptozoology is a science defined as The search for animals that fall outside of taxonomic records due to a lack of empirical evidence, but for which anecdotal evidence exists in the form of myths, legends, or undocumented sightings. While its regarded with suspicion by the mainstream scientific community, this discipline nonetheless boasts followers the world over. Presented back to back, Jay Delaneys NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE and Nicolas Renauds LA BÊTE DU LAC offer complementary glances into this fascinating phenomenon. Rather than pursue yet another pointless monster hunt, the two filmmakers direct their cameras instead at the ordinary folks who, regardless of their rational character, are convinced theyve seen the impossible.
La Bête du Lac (Canada) Dir : Nicolas Renaud Hosted by Éric Bilodeau.
Ancient First Nations legends claim that Lake Pohenegamook in Quebec is home to a mysterious, gigantic fish. Numerous inhabitants of the region of Témiscouata claim to this day to have seen this creature with their own eyes. Through interviews with various witnesses and also a hardened skeptic, and by returning to the source of the myth, Nicolas Renaud explores the universal human fascination with monsters. At once a paranormal investigation and a reflection on the collective imagination, this documentary captivates with the poetry of local storytellers and mesmerizing underwater imagery.
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (USA) Dir : Jay Delaney Canadian Premiere
Lifelong friends Dallas Gilbert and Wayne Burton of Portsmouth, Ohio invest their every spare moment in exploration of their local forests. The woodlands, they believe, are home to not one but many Bigfoot creatures. Theyve seen them on occasion and have over 150 photos to back up their claims. Their quest for fame and glory drives them to seek out a Sasquatch specialist to aid in their investigations. NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE is a funny and touching portrait of two very memorable men wholl stop at nothing to achieve their dream.
International premiere of A Tale of Legendary Libido
A Tale of Legendary Libido (Korea) Dir.: Shin Han-sol - International premiere
Screening for the first time outside Korea, this is a mix-and-match of mythology, mirth andahemmature subject matter, with a splendid cast including comedy icon Bong Tae-kyu and ART OF FIGHTING director Shin Han-sol. The brilliant mixture of musical flavours, including Korean traditional song (Chang) and dance, enhances the fun of this lighthearted and off-the-wall mythical sex comedy, and the modified traditional costumes are sure to be a fashion trendsetter.
North American premiere of Le Tueur hosted by actor Grégoire Colin
Le Tueur (France) Dir : Cédric Anger North American Premiere
On Christmas Eve, a business man discovers a killer for hire is after him. Instead of calling the police, he gives the hitman a strange proposition. This impressive first film is rich in suspense, inciting a state of red alert in its audience, captive to its constant twists and ricochets. The perfect blend of genre flick and auteur cinema, this masterfully directed film noir finds Cédric Anger reaching for the ranks of Jean-Pierre Melville.
North American premiere of Going By the Book
Going By the Book (South Korea) Dir.: Ra Hee-chan - North American premiere
With the cleverest premise for a film in ages, first-time director Ra Hee-chan turns the traditional bank heist movie on its head, subverting all the conventions of the genre while at the same time managing to work in elements of satire and social criticism, slapstick and more subtle forms of humourand the result is magical. Despite the comedic elements, the director injects some real suspense and drama to the proceedingsa difficult balancing act to achieve, realised with great skill. A must-see!
World premiere of Repo! The Genetic Opera
Repo! The Genetic Opera (USA) Dir.: Darren Lynn Bousman World Premiere hosted by Darren Lynn Bousman, actors Alexa Vega, Bill Mosely & Terrance Zdunich and Producer Daniel J. Heffner.
Were delirious with anticipation to be unveiling the World Premiere of this fiercely original creation from Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-SAW IV), starring Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino and Skinny Puppys Nivek Ogre! Based on the stage play of the same name, REPO! is an industrial rock musical told entirely through song and set in a neo-Gothic future world of flesh, blood and leather. It works because its makers actually know a thing or two about opera and concentrate on characters over shock value and incessant weirdness (not that there isnt plenty of both). Unlike anything youve ever seen.
Special Magnum (Italy / Canada) Dir.: Alberto DeMartino (Martin Hebert)
See Stuart Whitman (Saitta) fire his blazing .357 Magnum like Dirty Harry, and watch him battle three kung fu-fighting drag queens, culminating in the insertion of a hot curling iron into a place that really hurts! This and other controversial scenes never appeared on the VHS version, and SPECIAL MAGNUM has yet to be restored on DVD. Only on genuine film prints, such as the one to be screened, can you see it in all its uncut glory.
[Rec] (Spain) Dir : Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza North American Premiere
From the moment of its launch at last years Venice film festival, this real-time verite zombie siege film has become known as the scariest film made in the past decade and were happy to announce that this is one shocker that absolutely lives up to its hype. A US remake by Sony Pictures will be in cinemas this October and were happy to offer our audience a rare chance to experience the original on the big screen only its 2nd time being shown in North America, and the first time in Canada. It will scare you to the limits of your endurance. Winner of two Goyas (Spanish Oscars) and countless awards on the international festival circuit.