July 11th, 2009 11:16:00
The day kicks off with a bang in the Hall Theatre at 12:00noon with a repeat screening of last night’s uproarious, lysergic 1977 Japanese film HOUSE. The screening features a video introduction by the film’s director Nobuhiko Obayashi (known simply as OB), whose varied credits include making the infamous Charles Bronson 'Mandom' deodorant commercials. This is one of Fantasia’s few repertory screenings this year, and you know these things are picked for a reason, so hustle down to the theatre right now for the rare opportunity to see HOUSE on the big screen. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
At 12:30pm in the Salle JA de Seve is the Montreal Premiere of the latest ambitious instalment in the locally-grown RECON series - RECON 2023: THE GAUDA PRIME CONSPIRACY, directed by Christian Viel and co-written and starring Arrow in the Head’s John Fallon. Featuring stunning action choreography, the RECON series is an impressive example of how to make large scale action on a small scale budget.Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
Nonzee Nimibutr put Thailand on the genre map in 1999 with his terrifying ghost story NANG NAK, and then proved his epic sensibilities knew no bounds with BANG-RAJAN in 2000. He’s back with a new supernatural period piece - THE QUEENS OF LANGKASUKA - playing at 2:00pm in the Hall Theatre. Martial arts, pirates and undersea magic all come together in a glorious package, such as we’ve come to expect from Nimibutr. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
Korean provocateur Kim Ki-Duk’s latest film DREAM follows in the dangerous thematic footsteps of his earlier films THE ISLE and BAD GUY - a tale of two people involving romance, an intuitive connectedness despite the inability to effectively communicate through direct means, and of course, self-harm of one degree or another. As with his other films, it’s sure to elicit discussion and disagreement - and it has a repeat screening today at 2:50pm in the Salle JA de Seve. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
At 3:40pm in the Salle JA de Seve is the North American Premiere of Germany’s KAIFECK MURDER, from the same sales agency that unleashed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN on the world. With shades of THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME and THE WICKER MAN, a photographer and his young estranged son arrive in a small town in the midst of an obscure religious celebration. But staying there soon proves to be a mistake as the photographer starts to experience paranoid visions and dreams of a family being murdered in their own home nearby. And so begins the mystery... Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
At 3:45pm in the Hall Theatre is the Canadian Premiere of giddy horror film INFESTATION, directed by Kyle Rankin, known to us as a winner from Project Greenlight , and for his webseries HELLHOLES. It’s a full-on insect apocalypse as giant bugs take over the world with the intent of using all of humanity as food! An unlikely hero emerges (Christopher Marquette) and cult actor Ray Wise (who came to Fantasia in 2003 with Dead End and Jeepers Creepers 2) turns in a hilarious performance in this ode to the bug invasion films of years gone by.Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
At 7:00pm in the Hall Theatre, one of the most anticipated films of the festival, Sion Sono’s 4-hour masterpiece LOVE EXPOSURE makes his earlier films SUICIDE CLUB and EXTE look like playtime compared to the perverted madness onscreen here. Winner of the prestigious Caligari and Fipresci prizes in Berlin, LOVE EXPOSURE is assault to the senses, and a subversive satire unlike anything you’ve ever seen. So far all screenings of LOVE EXPOSURE are SOLD OUT, but stay tuned in case additional screenings are added. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
Another SOLD OUT screening takes place at 7:00pm in the Salle JA de Seve - the repeat screening of opening night’s delirious IP MAN, a period martial arts piece from Wilson Yip starring Donnie Yen as Bruce Lee’s master, Ip Man. Also featuring performances by Johnnie To regulars Simon Yam and Gordon Lam, IP MAN has been one of the most raved-about films of the festival since it first screened on Thursday. Again, stay tuned for possible repeat screenings. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
At 9:30 in the Salle JA de Seve is the South Korean smash hit GO GO 70s, the true story of South Korean soul band The Devils, who win over the hearts and minds of both the American GIs and the hip Korean youngsters amidst a threatening political climate that predicts a short life for any pop culture phenomenon with as much power as soul music. With flashy art direction, inspired music and larger than life 70s fashion, GO GO 70s is a dynamic contribution to the musical biopic genre. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
Nazi zombies, anyone? We’ve always felt this subgenre was a little underserved, and now, ZOMBIE LAKE and OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES have a new addition to the club with Norway’s DEAD SNOW. When a group of medical students goes to an isolated cabin in the snowy mountains for Easter vacation, they meet a mysterious stranger who imparts an eerie local tale of a group of Nazi soldiers who went missing up in these mountains many years ago, and also plants the seed of some possible Nazi gold buried nearby. And you know none of this can be good news for the vacationers...DEAD SNOW has its Canadian Premiere at 11:45pm in the Hall Theatre. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.
Capping off the night at Midnight in the Salle JA de Seve is the World Premiere of the Canadian rape-revenge film SWEET KARMA, that sees a mute but crafty Russian woman square off against the ugliest elements of Toronto’s sex-trafficking underground. It’s not often we see this kind of Canadian genre film, and KARMA delivers. See our interview with SWEET KARMA’s star Shera Bechard and director Andrew Hunt posted here later today. Full film details, trailers and more on the film page HERE.