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Sinophiles Rejoice! Another Hit! #JapanCuts2017 MY DAD AND MR ITO

Thanks, Tanimaru!

 

Remembering ONE MILLION YEN GIRL which was a wonderfully entertaining movie, I guess I was expecting a bit more screw ball antics with this movie. How surprised I was to see another well crafted picture that speaks so much about aging in Japan, family responsibilities and the complicated relationship between a very traditional Japanese father and his daughter. The cast all shine and even a cameo by a notorious aunt is delightful. Simply lensed and composed, we follow as the father haplessly moves from his son’s home to the daughter’s apartment that she shares with Mr. Ito. He is 54 and she is 34, so this kind of “living in sin” disturbs the father and prompts their early sparing. It all reaches a crescendo as the father seeking a place to call his own decides to return to the family house outside the city only to have a freak storm burn down a favorite persimmon tree (memory of his wife) and as a branch breaks off, the entire house itself. All ends as the father decides to join seniors in a home, and carrying a single bag, he heads for the train and his final stage of life. As he departs, Aya has the urge to pursue him and complete some unfinished business between father and daughter.

Lily Franky has to be complimented for his true and steady performance. He anchors the movie and, when he is not on screen, you feel it. Aya  felt a bit one note to me. Forever pouting or complaining, the smile on her face as she pursued her Dad revealed some aspects of her performance we wished we could have seen earlier.

July 23, 2017 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

#APAP2017 #OPERA/ THEATRE / NOW PROTOTYPE #NYC JANUARY 2017

PROTOTYPE is the premier festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre. January 5-15, 2017

After just four years on the scene, PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now has been deemed “the go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera” by The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times called the 2016 festival an “explosion of boundary-defying chamber opera.”

Now blazing into its fifth season, PROTOTYPE returns January 5-15, 2017. Beth Morrison Projects and HERE have come together to bring you a striking celebration of opera and a stellar array of artists, presenting new works by Matt Marks & Paul Peers; Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek; David Lang & Mark Dion; M Lamar & Hunter Hunt-Hendrix; Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, DJ Spooky, & Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Small; Cerise Jacobs & Julian Wachner – at HERE and our partner presenting venues – NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media House, National Sawdust, and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

Tickets for PROTOTYPE 2017 are now on sale.

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#PERFORMANCE #ARTS #APAP #COIL –PS122 #NYC 1/3-22/17

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PS122’s Coil 2017 Festival
January 3 – 22

Performance Space 122’s Coil Festival explores the vitality of live performance in New York City through contemporary artists from diverse genres, cultures, and perspectives. Full of inquisitive and dynamic work created locally, across the US, and around the world.

“We don’t present objects, static fixed ideas. These are living, breathing, complicated, flawed and wonderful experiences. Profound and unpredictable. Difficult.

There’s a rightful push for the work that we do to better reflect the society of ideas and people from which we spring. Sometimes we get this right, and sometimes we also push back when we’re told to make the work do something predictable, something certain. The potency of the work that PS122 presents comes from the fact that it should give you back the power to create its impact.

I am very proud that in my final year of Coil, PS122 again shows off its artists’ interdisciplinary chops – from the entirely constructed world of VR through a theater created purely of object, light and sound to visceral, confronting and raw movement.” – Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director

Book Your Tickets Early:

PS122’s Coil Pass is always the best ticketing option that allows you to see everything: 8 tickets for $122.

Single tickets will go on sale November 14th and may be purchased online, via phone at 212-352-3101, or in person at venue box offices except where otherwise noted. Single ticket prices vary per event.

Click an artist or project for more info:
Yehuda Duenyas (USA)
CVRTAIN

Virtual Reality | World Premiere
PS122 Virtual Commission | Presented in partnership with Wallplay
January 3-15

Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe (Australia)
MEETING

Dance | US Premiere
Co-presented with La MaMa
January 4-8

Forced Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Real Magic

Theater | US Premiere
PS122 Commission | Co-presented with La MaMa
January 5-8

Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC)
Custodians of Beauty

Dance, Performance
Co-presented with La MaMa
January 5-8

Kate McIntosh / SPIN (Belgium)
Worktable

Live Installation | US Premiere
Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
January 5-9

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith (NYC)
Basketball

Dance | World Premiere
PS122 Commission | Co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center
January 7-10

Britt Hatzius (United Kingdom / Belgium)
Blind Cinema

Film, Performance | NY Premiere
Co-presented with SVA Theatre in partnership with East Village Community School
January 9-12

Nicola Gunn (Australia)
Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

Theater, Dance | US Premiere
Co-presented with La MaMa
January 11-14

Daniel Fish (NYC)
Untitled

Time Based Art
Co-presented with The Chocolate Factory Theater
January 11-21

CATCH 75: Coil’d Again (NYC)
Dance, Theater, Performance | One Night Only!
January 15

Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Keir GoGwilt (NYC)
A Study on Effort

Dance | NY Premiere
Presented by ArKtype / Thomas O Kriegsmann
and The Invisible Dog Art Center
in partnership with PS122
January 12-14

Yara Travieso (NYC)
La Medea

Interdisciplinary | World Premiere
PS122 Commission | Co-presented with BRIC and Dance Film Association
January 20-22


*Maximum (2) tickets may be redeemed per performance. Some restrictions apply. Questions? ps122.org/support or call 212-477-5829 x.302.

Performance Space 122’s Coil 2017 Festival is made possible in part by Australian Consulate-General in New York, Australia Council for the Arts, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Barragga Bay Fund, British Council, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Flanders State of the Art, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Morrison Foerster Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network (NPN), New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

 

PS122’s Coil 2017 Festival is part of January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts, celebrating the unmatched convergence of performing arts professionals, audiences and events in New York City. Every January, more than 45,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theater, dance, jazz, and more.
January in NYC

November 4, 2016 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ARTS /MUSIC/FESTIVALS #APAP #globalFEST2017 NYC 1/8/17

Announcing globalFEST’s 2017 Lineup on January 8, 2017 at Webster Hall

Tickets Onsale now via Ticketmaster

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Batida (Portugal/Angola): Booming Afro electronic dance party

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela): Powerhouse Afro-Venezuelan vocalist (US Debut)

Jojo Abot (Ghana/Denmark/USA): Globetrotting experimental Afropolitan pop-soul

L’Orchestre Afrisa International et M’bilia Bel (DRC/USA): Tabu Ley Rochereau’s Congolese rumba legends return

Maarja Nuut feat. Hendrik Kaljujärv (Estonia): Digital Estonian folk soundscapes

Ranky Tanky (USA): Funky Gullah songs of the South Carolina Sea Islands

Rare Essence (USA): DC’s pioneering polyrhythmic Go-Go superstars

Rascasuelos (Argentina): Vanguard tango music and dance reimagined

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition (USA): Deeply rooted Indo-jazz

Septeto Santiaguero (Cuba): Adventurous Grammy-winning son cubano stars

SsingSsing (Korea) Extravagant shamanistic Korean folk songs meet rock

globalFEST’s New Website Coming This November!

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ARTS – #APAP #NYC — January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017 1/3-22/17

45,000 Performing Arts Professionals and Enthusiasts Await the Most Comprehensive Celebration of the Performing Arts Around the Globe
 January 3-22

January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017

November 3, 2016– Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts come together to experience the most comprehensive celebration of the performing arts around the globe. This January 3-22, a dozen events organized by leading arts organizations will spotlight the best and newest in theater, dance, opera and music. With more than 1,500 world-class showcases and full-length performances, concerts and public programs, conferences, keynote speakers, professional development and networking opportunities, the partnership of public festivals and industry events, January In NYC demonstrates how rich, vibrant, vast and diverse the performing arts are.

 

“There is an electricity in the air the moment all of these performing arts professionals and festival-goers descend upon the streets, clubs, performance spaces and conference hotels of New York during the first few weeks of January,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

 

EVENTS FOR 2017 include conferences, festivals and concerts—many open to the public. Details are available at JanuaryInNYC.org and individual event websites:

 

American Dance Platform, Jan. 3-8, Joyce.org

Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival, Jan. 3-22, ps122.org/coil

The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 4-15, undertheradarfestival.com

Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 5-6, jazz-connect.com

Wavelengths: APAP World Music Preconference, Jan. 5-6, APAPNYC.org

NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 5-10, winterjazzfest.com

American Realness, Jan. 5-15, americanrealness.com

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 5-15, prototypefestival.org

APAP|NYC 2017, Jan. 6-10 and Preconference, Jan 5-6, APAPNYC.org

globalFEST, Jan. 8, globalfest.org

ISPA’s 99th Congress, Jan. 10-12, ispa.org

Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 12-15, chamber-music.org

January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP|NYC), which will celebrate 60 years in 2017. Organizers of events built onto the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the partnership.

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DANCE – STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION

Steps on Broadway is the NYC epicenter for dancers tucked upstairs on the upper west side with nearly a dozen studios. It is a place where dancers come to train, to network, and to become educated on their place in the field, or the place dance holds in the lives of those artists that we like to celebrate, support, and watch from the audience.

This fall season launches a new season of Artist Talks, kicking off November 12 with “Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer”- a conversation with actress, dancer and teacher, Nina Goldman, master teacher Zvi Gothheiner,  Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Dance Division, and former ABT prima ballerina Ashley Tuttle. The conversations are always insightful, informative and empowering, providing useful tools and resources for particpants. The remainder of the season is included below. We always love to sit in a theater to watch dance. Rarely do we sit in a studio and talk about it.

STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS AND ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS WITH SEASON OF PERFORMANCE LABS AND ARTIST TALKS 

  The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm which connects artists and community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces upcoming 2016-17 Performance Lab and Artists Talk Series. In engaging emerging dance makers, aspiring professionals, and dance enthusiasts, the Foundation will host a winter and spring Performance Lab January 15 and May 21, four Artist Talk’s November 12, February 11, April 22 and June 24 and a benefit performance of Mimi Quillin’s one woman show, Call Fosse at the Minskoff on December 3rd. All events are held in the Steps Studio Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

In line with the Foundation’s mission to act as an educational vehicle for both aspiring and professional artists, the Artists Talk Series consists of conversations with internationally renowned industry professionals, book signings, DVD launch parties, and film screenings. The series fosters a creative and provocative learning environment, and the opportunity to network with dance, theater and music professionals. On November 12, the Foundation will welcome Artistic Director of the Juilliard Dance Division, Larry Rhodes, master teacher and founder of ZviDance, Zvi Gotheiner, dancer and teacher Nina Goldman, and prima ballerina and teacher, Ashley Tuttle, for the first talk of the 2016-2017 Season: Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer. Future artist talks are scheduled for February 11, April 22 and June 24, covering aspects of auditioning, teaching, performance, and elements of the creative process.

The Performance Lab offers choreographers and emerging dance makers an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a highly curated studio theater setting. Led by Steps Beyond’s Production Manager Bradley Shelver, each choreographer selected for the lab presents an eight-minute premiere and is granted technical tools and support to cultivate an evening presentation. The first lab of the season took place October 9 and featured performances by New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Periapsis Music and Dance, FJK Dance, and more. The next lab will take place January 15, with a focus on musical theater, and May 21, for an evening of ballet premieres. Choreographer selections and works to be presented will be announced upon application deadlines.

FOUNDATION EVENTS SCHEDULE
November 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk: Ballet Training for the 21st Century Dancer
December 3, 2016 – Call Fosse at the Minskoff
January 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Performance Lab Series: A Look at Musical Theater Choreography
February 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk, Topic to be announced
April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk, Topic to be announced
May 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: Performance Lab Series: A Look at Ballet
Choreography
June 24 at 7:30p.m.: Artist Talk, The Creative Process Unraveled

All tickets are on sale at http://stepsnyc.com

VENUE INFORMATION
Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street, and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.

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ABOUT THE STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION
Launched in 2015 and directed by Diane Grumet, The Steps Beyond Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artistry and cultivating supporters of the dance community. The Foundation offers collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performances and special events.

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FOOD/Wine — ROTARI WINE

Rotari Wines

 

By Robert Stepanek, food and wine correspondent

LOGOROTARI

 

 

Perhaps the most striking group of mountains within the domain of the Alps are the Dolomites, situated in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. They point towards the sky not in the pyramidal or conical forms commonly seen elsewhere, but rather as a collection of craggy, singular sentinels looming over a very distinct area of Italy with a rich artisanal tradition and agricultural bounty. Thus it is apropos that the unique soil and environment in this realm of pristine air, clear lakes, glaciers and diverse microlimates gives rise to some exceptional wines.

Rotari Brut Bottleshot

Now being introduced to America are some new outstanding examples: Rotari Rosé, and Rotari Brut (#LetsRotari, www.rotari.it). Produced according to the traditional system known as Metodo Classico – as the Champenoise method is known in northern Italy – these sparkling wines are among the few that showcase vintage, emerging from estate fruit harvested in 2013. The results of this manner of labor-intensive, expensive and time-consuming cultivation, involving the manual selection and harvesting of grapes before a soft pressing, first fermentation of the must in steel tanks at controlled temperature, and a second fermentation after bottling (whence the wine is stored horizontally), are wines equally complex and refined. They are further distinguished by meriting the TRENTODOC appellation, the world’s second-oldest such designation governing the production of sparkling wine (which features stricter quality-control regulations to those established with regards to champagne itself); only four grapes are allowed in wines bearing this label, and they must grow in a restricted area while utilizing traditional viticulture techniques established historically.

 

Winemaker Lucio Matricardi, Ph.D, was in New York to present the wines to a select group of local journalists, and his voluble joy at the occasion made him both an expert and welcoming ambassador for the wines and the regional culture they represent. Guests were first offered tastings of the Rosé, which is comprised of 75% Pinot Noir grapes and 25% Chardonnay. The color was pale, with a somewhat blond cast, and the faint nose had a touch of a mineral quality, with notes of strawberry and cherry. On the palette the wine was medium dry in character, round and even in body, and well-balanced, yielding several flavor aspects – the fruitiness was complemented by a mild acidic bite, suggestive of red currents, and the trace of spiciness brought red peppercorns to mind. Overall my impression was of a wine with a character more savory than sweet. The Brut, comprised of 100% Chardonnay grapes, was also medium dry and medium-bodied. As with the Rosé, there was also a pleasing blend of the flavor notes, with the fruitiness here bringing to mind pears, golden currents and golden delicious apples – the acidity and sugar are well-balanced; unlike  the Rosé, however, the Brut didn’t have much latent spiciness. The two wines shared a character of having delicate yet rich aromas, completed by an elegant and round finish upon tasting.

Rotari Rose Bottleshot

We were shown a six-minute video, sort of  mini-travelogue, demonstrating the uniqueness of the region and the winemaking process and practicioners, and thereafter, punctuating the images, Signor Matricardi expounded on why the environment, the grapes and the means of production make the wines so special. “Who is the mother of Rotari?” he asked, then turned and pointed to the images projected behind him – at this point displaying the Dolomite Mountains which loom over Trento – and said “that is the mother – the Dolomite Mountains.” He elaborated that it is the coral and chalky aspects of the soil which lend the wines their singular character; unlike what Americans might expect or be accustomed to, the Chardonnay grown in such a region does not produce the kind of sweet and heavy wine characteristic of a California Chardonnay (which owes more to the character of the west coast terroir, as well as the custom of the winemakers there of leaving their grapes on the vine longer). Moreover, Matricardi continued, “the huge mountains are the secret of the grapes”; though this is more southerly by 900 kilometers than where they are typically harvested – “closer to the Mediterranean but in the middle of the mountains” – this makes Trentino “an exceptional area for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.” Matricardi further suggested that the wines prompt those enjoying them to ask “How was the air? How was the moisture? How was the soil?” that produced them, adding that “you feel the sun” while drinking them.

 

The wines are produced by Gruppo Mezzacorona (www.gruppomezzacorona.it), which originated as a group of  20 vintners in 1904, and evolved to become Gruppo Mezzacorona in the 1970s; as of the 1980s sustainability has become a priority of the group with “The Protocol for High-Quality Wine Production in Trentino” being a prime initiative. For American consumers, the wines are very affordable, with a price point of $19.99. It feels appropriate to give Signor Matricardi the last word; he says: “I can describe Rotari as a fantastic friend, the one that you want to spend time with, because Rotari can be paired with every occasion, every moment.”

 

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Comics Jessica Jones returns!

BENDIS AND GAYDOS REOPEN ALIAS INVESTIGATIONS WITH JESSICA JONES #1
Jessica Jones Returns for All-new Marvel Comics Series from the Original Creative Team

You might recognize her from the Excellent Netflix series.

If not, Catch Up.

After a decade, Jessica Jones is back in an all-new solo series! This fall, one of the most complex characters of the Marvel Universe returns for an all-new mystery from the original creative team — Brian Michael Bendis (Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man, Spider-Man, Alias) Michael Gaydos (Alias, Avengers), and David Mack (Alias, Daredevil).

 

A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe over the past ten years and there are still many secrets hiding in the shadows. Secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. So what haunting secrets from Jessica’s past come back to cause havoc? Speaking with IGN, series writer, Brian Michael Bendis said, “You’re going to find out about it in the first issue. We’re going to open up a book where Jessica’s world has blown up in her face. She’s at a place you’ll least expect her. You’re going to find all of her relationships have altered. And we’re slowly going to find out why.”

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A lot has happened to Jessica Jones since her debut, but the biggest difference that will be a factor in this new series is the baby girl, Danielle, she had with husband, and former Avenger, Luke Cage.

 

“Luke and Jessica have tried to raise a baby in a very dangerous environment. We talked about this during [New] Avengers, you’re raising a baby in Avengers Mansion and somebody’s trying to knock that building over every four days…so your perspective changes, and as an investigator and a detective her perspective will change because she’s a mother,” continued Bendis. “I know some people are worried about that baby being dragged like a sack of potatoes that holds down the story or something, but I can think of many ways to tell the story celebrate this part of her life and at the same time complicates it to a degree that a lot of people can relate to. I think a lot of people can relate to trying to ‘do it all.’ Lord knows I can.”

 

What unsolved mysteries have fallen through the cracks and what dark secrets have been unrevealed within the Marvel Universe? Alias Investigations is open for business and Jessica Jones is on the case.

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FILM/ FESTIVALS — FANTASIA FEST – 20th Edition — 7/14 – 8/2 *Montreal

We RECOMMEND:

FANTASIA’S 20th EDITION TO CLOSE WITH FEDE ALVAREZ’S DON’T BREATHE AND JEAN-FRANCOIS RICHET’S BLOOD FATHER, STARRING MEL GIBSON
Appearances from Christopher Lloyd, Keishi Otomo, and iconic Japanese actor Denden; a new VR component; and an award for Jean-Claude Lord are among the newly announced highlights, which also boasts numerous World and International premieres

Montreal, Quebec – Fantasia’s full 2016 lineup of

over 130 features has been revealed.

Included therein are

19 World Premieres,

18 North American Premieres, and

47 Canadian Premieres! In addition, the festival will be showcasing

over 300 shorts from across the globe, the complete list of which can be found on their website.

 

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OFFICIAL CLOSING FILM: THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF FEDE ALVAREZ’S TERRIFYING FILM DON’T BREATHE

For the grand finale of Fantasia’s 20th anniversary edition, the festival is more than proud to present the Canadian Premiere of co-writer/director Fede Alvarez’s terrifying new film DON’T BREATHE, which left audiences breathless during its ecstatic South by Southwest debut earlier this year. In DON’T BREATHE, a trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong. Screening will be hosted by Alvarez himself. DON’T BREATHE is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert along with Alvarez. Sony Pictures will release the film in North America on August 26, 2016.

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ADDITIONAL CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: THE NORTH-AMERICAN PREMIERE OF JEAN-FRANÇOIS RICHET’S MEL GIBSON-FRONTED POWERHOUSE BLOOD FATHER

Hot off its premiere at Cannes, the powerhouse Mel Gibson thriller BLOOD FATHER, directed by Jean-François Richet (MESRINE, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13), will be having its first North American screening at Fantasia as both part of the festival’s closing night events and the official closing film of the Action! section. BLOOD FATHER’s impressive cast also features Erin Moriarty, Elisabeth Röhm, William H. Macy, Diego Luna, Dale Dickey, Thomas Mann, and Michael Parks.

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INTRODUCING THE FANTASIA 2016 JURIES!

Fantasia is pleased to announce the esteemed jurors for our key international competitions. The complete list of juries, including those for Axis, Séquences, L’Écran fantastique, the Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Film, and the Prix AQCC (l’Association québécoise des critiques de cinema) can be found on our website.

CHEVAL NOIR

JURY PRESIDENTS:
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
, Israel – Filmmakers

Cyril Despontin, France – Paris International Fantastic Film Festival
George Schmalz, USA – Kickstarter
Justine Smith, Canada – Critic, The Globe and Mail, Vice Canada
Dr. Marcus Stiglegger, Germany – Critic, author, and Cinema Scholar

NEW FLESH AWARD (First Feature Competition)

JURY PRESIDENT:
Michael Gingold, USA – Critic and Screenwriter, Fangoria, Rue Morgue Magazine

Grady Hendrix, USA – Critic, author, co-founder of New York Asian Film Festival
Kate McEdwards, USA – Oscilloscope Laboratories
Nicolas Stanzick, France – Critic, Cahiers du cinéma, Repérages

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

JURY PRESIDENT:
Chris Oosterom, Netherlands – Imagine Fantastic Film Festival

Heather Buckley, USA – Critic, Graphic Designer, Blu-Ray producer
Peter Kuplowsky, Canada – Producer, programmer at Fantastic Fest, Toronto after Dark, programming assistant at TIFF (Midnight Madness)

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FRONTIÈRES@FANTASIA ANNOUNCES FULL SLATE OF PROGRAMMING

After a highly successful Frontières Day in Cannes, which marked the introduction to the market’s new partnership with Cannes’ Marché du Film, the Frontières International Co-Production Market returns to Fantasia for its eighth edition, which will take place July 21st through the 24th.

Frontières is a four-day industry networking event specifically focused on genre film production and financing. Following the announcement of its main line-up of 20 projects, for the first time Frontières is pleased to announce international spotlights on projects from Australia and South Africa, in addition to a work-in-progress line-up featuring multiple past Frontières projects currently in post-production, and a case study panel focusing on the upcoming virtual reality collaboration between SpectreVision and Ubisoft Montreal.

Highlights include a project from director Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL) and a first look at the EMAfilms-Epic Pictures sci-fi thriller RADIUS. These projects join a line-up of previously announced titles including projects from director Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) and producer Andy Starke (SIGHTSEERS, THE GREASY STRANGLER).

FRONTIÈRES CASE STUDY:
The SpectreVision and Ubisoft Montréal Virtual Reality Project

The Frontières International Co-Production Market is pleased to present a panel discussion with Ubisoft and SpectreVision that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their collaboration on an upcoming genre-based virtual reality experience, and examine the relationship between genre film and virtual reality.

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: International Spotlight Projects

AUSTRALIA
KATE KELLY
Director/Writer:  Donna McRae
Producers: Liz Baulch (Wild Iris Productions)

LUCID
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Writer: Philip Tarl Denson
Producers: Raquelle David (Damsel Pictures)

NIGHTFLOWER (Australia/UK)
Director: Eron Sheean
Writer: David Scinto
Producers: Lizzette Atkins, Jasper Graham (Unicorn Films)

SOUTH AFRICA
CORPSEMEN (South Africa/USA)
Director: Brett Simmons
Writers: Brett Simmons, Marc Bloom
Producers: Jonh Volmink, Isaac Mogajane (Diprente), Peter Phok

DURBAN ROAD
Director/Writer:  Matthew Griffith
Producer: Rafeeqah Galant (Echo Ledge Productions)

MY DARK HEART
Director: James Adey
Writer: Steven Pillemer
Producers: Issac Mogojane, James Adey (Fiction Films)

WORK-IN-PROGRESS
THE CHAMBER (UK)
Director/Writer: Ben Parker
Producers: Jen Handorf, Paul Higgins (Chamber Films)

THE DEVIL ON WHEELS (Spain/UK)
Director/Writer: Enric Folch
Producers: Roger Allen, Gabriele Stifani, Luca Stifani (The Devil on Wheels Productions)

INNER GHOSTS (Portugal/Brazil)
Director: João Alves
Writer/Producer: Paulo Leite (Bad Behavior)

RADIUS (Canada)
Directors/Writers: Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard
Producer: Anne-Marie Gélinas (EMAfilms inc.)

THE VOID (Canada)
Directors/Writers: Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillesipe
Producers: Casey Walker (Cave Painting Pictures), Jonathan Bronfman (JoBro Productions)

Frontières is made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative Europe, Telefilm Canada, and SODEC.

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CELEBRATING JEAN-CLAUDE LORD IN THE NAME OF DENIS HÉROUX

As part of the festival’s 20th Anniversary festivities, Fantasia has announced the creation of The Denis Héroux Award, a prize that recognizes exceptional contribution to the development of genre cinema and independent cinema from Quebec, named after the trailblazing filmmaker  – director of such works as VALÉRIE and A FEW ACRES OF SNOW, producer of landmarks that include QUEST FOR FIRE and ATLANTIC CITY  – who passed away in December of last year. The inaugural recipient will be Jean-Claude Lord, maker of such diverse works as PARLEZ-NOUS D’AMOUR, VISITING HOURS, PANIQUE, THE VINDICATOR, and BINGO, the latter being one of the first thrillers from Quebec.

INTRODUCING THE SAMSUNG FANTASIA VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

Whether you’re curious about this new technology or anxious to try some of the genre film experiences developed in Canada and around the world in recent months, FANTASIA, in collaboration with CFC Media Lab, Cream Productions and Woolf + Lapin, is proud to present THE SAMSUNG FANTASIA VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE. On Thursday July 21st, from 3PM to 8PM, and from Friday to Sunday, July 24th, from noon to 8PM, the Fantasia audience will have the chance to choose among a selection of 11 different viewing experiences for virtual reality technology, selected for us by the CFC MEDIA LAB. Admission is free.

A SPOKEN-WORD PERFORMANCE BY GRADY HENDRIX:
SUMMERLAND LOST: A GHOST STORY IN PROGRESS

Grady Hendrix, celebrated film critic and acclaimed author of bestsellers Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, brings his stunning, deeply personal one-man show about psychic teenagers to Fantasia with SUMMERLAND LOST: A GHOST STORY IN PROGRESS. Telling the all-shocking, all-true tale of Victorian teenagers who spoke to the dead, this is the real life story of how biomechanical sex cults, the ghost of Ben Franklin, and Arctic explorers all teamed up to answer the ultimate question: is there life after death?

GO BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR WITH GÉRARD KIKOÏNE

Fantasia will be hosting a rare appearance by Gérard Kikoïne, French director of “films d’amour” featuring iconic X stars Brigitte Lahaie and Marilyn Jess. Having just published his memoir, “Kikobook,” the industry pioneer will revisit his singular life path and discuss his collaborations with Oliver Reed, Anthony Perkins, and Abel Gance, among others. During this round-table talk, moderated by filmmaker Éric Falardeau (THANATOMORPHOSE) and Mad Movies Magazine’s Gilles Esposito, he will reveal many behind-the-scenes secrets. The event will take place following our screening of Nicolas and Bruno’s IN SEARCH OF THE ULTRA-SEX.

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RUROUNI KENSHIN DIRECTOR HAS MURDER IN MIND FOR A FANTASIA WORLD PREMIERE

Fantasia is thrilled to host the World Premiere of the fascinating sci-fi thriller THE TOP SECRET: MURDER IN MIND, adapted from the popular manga Himitsu The Top Secret. A masterful script full of surprises, flawless characterizations and top-of-the-line production values make this visually stunning work a standout. After directing the immensely popular RUROUNI KENSHIN trilogy, Keishi Otomo proves once again that he is a singular talent and it will be a pleasure to welcome him back to Montreal for our 20th anniversary edition.

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CHRISTOPHER LLOYD HOSTS THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF BILLY O’BRIEN’S I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

Adored actor Christopher Lloyd will be visiting Fantasia for the Canadian Premiere of Billy O’Brien’s I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, an acclaimed adaptation of Dan Wells’ successful novel. Who better to understand and stalk a serial killer than a teenage closet sociopath? From the gifted director of ISOLATION.

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THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF YEON SANG-HO’S CANNES SENSATION TRAIN TO BUSAN

Following our First Wave announcement of the Canadian Premiere of Yeon Sang-ho’s animated horror masterpiece SEOUL STATION, Fantasia is excited to announce the first North American screening of the filmmaker’s riveting TRAIN TO BUSAN, fresh off obliterating audiences’ nervous systems at Cannes.


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CROATIAN CINEMA GETS ITS HANDS BLOODY: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF GORAN

Believe us when we tell you that one of the must-see discoveries of Fantasia’s 20th edition is the unpredictable, violent and hilarious GORAN from Croatian filmmaker Nevio Marasovic (VIS-À-VIS). Following a down on his luck alcoholic cab driver during a nightmarish birthday party, this amalgamation of deranged situations turns a powerful social drama into a comedy of awkward situations along the lines of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM with a substantially darker soul.

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AN ABSURDIST NEW CREATION FROM MINORU KAWASAKI

Japanese comedy master Minoru Kawasaki, creator of such Fantasia classics as THE CALAMARI WRESTLER, EXECUTIVE KOALA and THE RUG COP, is back with another hilariously absurdist treat! A giant monster feasts on hikers and begins to destroy the city when scientists have a genius idea: turning a skinny dude into a colossal pro wrestler! Buildings will fly and models will be pulverized when the hilarious KAIJYU MONO screens in its International Premiere.

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JOBS GET LETHALLY ODD IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PASCAL CHAUMEIL’S UN PETIT BOULOT

Left jobless after the town’s big factory closes, Jacques (Romain Duris) finds a new job to cover his debts and make ends meet – contract killings. A smartly written black comedy that takes sharp shots at capitalism and conformity, UN PETIT BOULOT (ODD JOB) is scripted by and co-starring Michel Blanc, and directed by the late Pascal Chaumeil, who passed away shortly after production was completed.

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FROM THE MAKERS OF BITE –
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BED OF THE DEAD

Maverick Canadian genre heroes Black Fawn Films, whose BITE, EJECTA, ANTISOCIAL, THE DROWNSMAN, and NEVERLOST have all world premiered at Fantasia, return to Montreal with BED OF THE DEAD, the directorial debut of cinematographer Jeff Maher (BITE, HELLOUTH). Four twenty-somethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death in this hallucinatory Grand Guignol Twilight Zone-esque shocker that gets freakier with each passing minute.

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EVERYONE WILL FALL IN LOWLIFE LOVE

Third Window Films and Eiji Uchida (GREATFUL DEAD) partner up once again for LOWLIFE LOVE, an undeniably personal and uncompromising look behind the scenes of Japan’s micro-budget film industry. Starring veteran actor Denden (COLD FISH, CURE, UZUMAKI) and Kiyohiko Shibukawa (LOVE & PEACE) in the lead role of a 39-year-old deadbeat lowlife running a scam film school for down-on-their-luck actors and filmmakers. Fantasia’s Canadian Premiere screening will be hosted by Director Eiji Uchida, actor Denden, and producer Adam Torel.

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FANTASIA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF JAPAN’S MOST FAMOUS SUPERHERO WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE

On July 17, 1966, the first episode of the hugely popular Ultraman series was broadcast on Japanese television. On July 17, 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s most famous superhero, Fantasia will present the international premiere of Kiyotaka Taguchi’s ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE, the latest film from Tsuburaya Productions, featuring the original Ultraman.

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THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF KIM TAE-GON’S FAMILYHOOD

Both hilarious and deeply moving, Kim Tae-gon’s extremely smart dramedy FAMILYHOOD (International Premiere) is more than just a solid piece of entertainment. Featuring an impressive cast led by the extraordinary Kim Hye-soo (COIN LOCKER GIRL), it also sparks a necessary reflection on the cult of youth and beauty in contemporary society and South Korean medias, while tackling the unfair marginalization of young single mothers. Director Kim Tae-gon (THE POT) will be hosting Fantasia’s International Premiere of the film.

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DOCUMENTARIES FROM THE EDGE 2016 LINEUP

Fantasia’s documentary section returns with six fascinating works that will provoke thoughts and post-screening discussions-a-plenty.

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Beware the Slenderman
USA / Dir: Irene Taylor Brodsky    

On May 31, 2014, two girls in Wisconsin committed an irredeemable act at the behest of an eerie Internet entity. A doc in which fiction not only surpasses reality but contaminates it in a horrifying way. Using testimonials and archival footage, it also questions the complex relationship that exists today between youth and social media. If the Slender Man doesn’t exist, he certainly haunts our spirit. Screening will be hosted by director Irene Taylor Brodsky. Official Selection: SXSW 2016, Hot Docs 2016. Quebec Premiere.

The Dwarvenaut
USA / Dir: Josh Bishop

A portrait of the challenges and triumphs of artist, entrepreneur, off-the-cuff philosopher and supremely devoted D&D aficionado Stefan Pokorny, mastermind of Dwarven Forge gaming miniatures. Bishop’s doc is a robust and immensely inspiring tribute to talent, purpose, and dreams made real — an enchanted, and enchanting, tale for the ages. Pokorny and Bishop will be hosting our screening.  Official Selection: SXSW 2016, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

The Show of Shows
Iceland-UK / Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, it’s perfectly okay to stare. Prepare to embark on a spectacular non-narrative journey through a century of lost circus and vaudeville arts, set to a bedazzling score by members of Sigur Rós and an Icelandic choir. A dreamy, beautiful, eerie poem of a film. Official Selection: Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2015, Göteborg International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Tower
USA / Dir: Keith Maitland

On Aug 1, 1966, Austin’s University of Texas campus abruptly became a place of horror when Charles Whitman opened fire from a clock tower. A hyper-cinematic oral history of sorts, set to an inspired combination of artfully animated recreations, newsreel footage, photographs and rotoscoped depictions of the speakers themselves, using these devices to brilliant effect, telling the story in near real-time. Winner: Best Documentary Feature, SXSW 2016. Fantasia’s screening on August 1st will be followed by a panel discussion organized by Meaghan Hennegan, survivor of the 2006 Dawson College Shooting, featuring speakers from Polytechnique, Dawson College and CTV News, with more participants to be announced shortly.

Previously announced Documentaries from the Edge titles: CREATURE DESIGNERS: THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX and FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK.

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FANTASIA’S ACTION! SECTION EXPLODES THE REMAINDER OF ITS 2016 LINEUP

Following the earlier announcements of the World Premiere of KICKBOXER VENGEANCE and North American Premieres of SKIPTRACE, BLOOD FATHER, ANTIGANG, and TORO, among others, Fantasia’s Action! section has three more hard-hitting punches to land.

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Baaghi
India  /  Dir: Sabbir Khan

Ronny has mastered the art of fighting, a skill he’ll need when he races to the rescue of a kidnapped flame in Thailand. Tiger Shroff’s intense performance shows promise of major martial-arts stardom ahead. BAAGHI is a non-stop action feast that will keep you on the edge of your seat for its whole duration. Quebec Premiere.

Kill Zone 2
Hong Kong-China / Dir.:Soi Cheang

Thai prison guard Chai must keep Kit, an undercover Hong Kong cop, alive at any cost. An action extravaganza with some truly astounding scenes — including a prison riot that will have you on the edge of your seat! Official Selection : Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

The Phantom Detective
South Korea / Dir: Jo Sung-hee

Private investigator Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), searching for his mother’s killer, enlists the unsuspecting help of the man’s two granddaughters. A devilish, modern mélange of film noir and action. Official Selection: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

Additional previously announced Action! titles: THE BODYGUARD, LIBRARY WARS: THE LAST MISSION, and THEY CALL ME JEEG.

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AXIS 2016: ANIME THEN AND NOW, LONE-WOLF ANIMATORS

As its twentieth anniversary arrives, Fantasia can’t forget how essential Japanese anime has been in our programming over the past two decades, and this year we’re screening both a new, state-of-the-art anime feature (HARMONY) and an early cornerstone of Japanese animation history (MOMOTARO, SACRED SAILORS).

The 2016 Axis section also showcases BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE from Martinique and NOVA SEED from Canada, two superior examples of something we can expect more of in the years to come: full feature films crafted by a single animator on a negligible budget. The quality, creativity, and charm these labours of love exude should give big studios pause… and remind fans of the medium what they love about it in the first place.

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Harmony
Japan / Dirs.: Takashi Nakamura, Michael Arias

Tuan has fled to the ends of the Earth, the edge of human civilization drastically reduced by cataclysm – and since supremely elevated by nanotech miracles. A new key work in Japanese animation from the innovative Studio 4°C, part of the Project Itoh anime trilogy. Quebec Premiere.

Momotaro, Sacred Sailors
Japan / Dir.: Mitsuyo Seo

Commissioned by the Ministry of the Navy and inspired by Disney’s FANTASIA, animation pioneer Seo’s 1945 propaganda film for children was the very first Japanese anime feature. A lost masterpiece, freshly restored from the original 35mm negatives. Official Selection, Cannes Classics 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Battledream Chronicle
Martinique / Dir.: Alain Bidard

Syanna must confront the fiercest fighters of Mortemonde, to kill the masters inside them – and the slave inside herself. Martinique’s first animated feature, a digital anime adventure on par with Japan’s best, but proudly Caribbean at heart (and it’s all the work of a single filmmaker).

Nova Seed
Canada / Dir.: Nick DiLiberto

It’s bio-warrior beast-man versus wasteland warlock in this totally hand-drawn, homemade cartoon mini-masterpiece, shamelessly wallowing in vintage Saturday-morning science-fantasy fun. The ne plus ultra of do-it-yourself animation, loaded with irony-free charm. Quebec Premiere.

Previously announced Axis titles: BAD CAT, PSYCHONAUTS, and SEOUL STATION.

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ADDITIONAL THIRD WAVE TITLES INCLUDE:

The Arbalest
USA / Dir: Adam Pinney

The reclusive and eccentric inventor behind the Kalt Cube – the world’s most popular toy! – is opening up after a 10-year vow of silence, ready to unveil a new invention. A quirky, edge-of-your-seat character study, unfolding as the confessional of a Steve Jobs-esque inventor, THE ARBALEST is a rare thing: a vision at once fresh, hilarious, and chilling in its pitch-perfect timeliness. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2016.

Bakuman
Japan / Dir: Hitoshi Ohne

Two classmates team up to create a manga and get it published in the legendary magazine Shonen Jump. A film for manga fans to drool over, while pleasing the uninitiated with its contagious dynamism, astounding visual creativity, award winning soundtrack by electro band Sakanaction and stellar cast led by RUROUNI KENSHIN’s Takeru Sato. Official Selection: Udine Far East Film Festival 2016, Japan Cuts 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Collective Invention
South Korea / Dir: Kwon Oh-kwang

A journalist strives to expose the transformation of a boy into a fish following a clinical experiment gone awry. Alternately absurd and bitingly satirical, a smart, funny fantasy you can dive right into. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Busan International Film Festival 2015, BAFICI – Buenos Aires Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
South Korea / Dir: Roh Deok

Breaking news, this just in! Killer-thriller collides with biting black satire of modern media! Body count sure to rise! Rising South Korean star Cho Jung-seok (ARCHITECTURE 101) headlines in this anxious, adrenal twist of mystery, mayhem, and mockery. Official Selection: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2016, Udine Far East Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Feuilles mortes
Quebec / Dirs: Thierry Bouffard, Carnior, Edouard A. Tremblay

On the road to a fortified village, three individuals with very different pasts see their destinies unwillingly intertwined. A post-apocalyptic Western that’s also a powerful human drama, starring Roy Dupuis, Noémie O’Farrell, and Philippe Racine. Big-screen viewing is a must. World Premiere.

Five
France / Dir: Igor Gotesman

Selling drugs isn’t for everybody, and when things turn sour, Samuel (Pierre Niney) has no choice but to turn to those who always had his back: his friends! A funny yet humanist film about friendship. North American Premiere.

Fourth Place
South Korea / Dir: Jung Ji-woo

Coach Gwang-su will make a better competitive swimmer of 11-year-old Jun-ho — but at what terrible cost? Gorgeously shot and masterfully written, this shattering, yet luminous sports drama carries the torch for independent Korean cinema in this Olympic year. Official Selection: Busan International Film Festival 2015, Udine Far East Film Festival 2016, New York Asian Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

HK2: The Abnormal Crisis
Japan / Dir: Yuichi Fukuda

After being the hero of one of the craziest screenings in the history of Fantasia, Hentai Kamen is back for further sexy superheroics in a sequel packed with salacious gags, absurd dialogue, over-the-top action, and grotesque baddies. Official Selection: Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2016, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2016, New York Asian Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Holy Flame of the Martial World
Hong Kong / Dir: Lu Chin-Ku

The search for the ultimate weapon, the Holy Flame, continues to create havoc! Beware of laser fingers and flying disco balls as you enjoy this blast of pure, unfiltered kung fu insanity in a rarely seen 35mm Shaw Scope print.

Judge Archer
China / Dir: Xu Haofeng

A tormented young man invites trouble with his new identity in this resounding, confounding kung fu delight that breaks and remakes the very laws of martial arts cinema! North American Premiere.

Karaoke Crazies
South Korea / Dir: Kim Sang-chan

Financial pressures make a dysfunctional family of sorts out of the misfits at Addiction Karaoke — but a serial killer threatens to upend the fragile peace. A crafty blend of black comedy, poignant drama, and brutal suspense. Official Selection: South by Southwest Film Festival 2016, Boston Underground Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

Kiki, Love to Love
Spain / Dir: Paco León

Five unusual love stories unfold in sunny Madrid, in this smart, spicy sympathetic erotic comedy. León’s film blew up at the box office in Spain and seduced millions — and schooled them in the details of dirty dabblings like harpaxophilia, polyamory, dacryphilia, eliphilia, and somnophilia! Canadian Premiere.

Kiyamachi Daruma
Japan /  Dir: Hideo Sakaki

Katsuura was once at the top, boss of a Kyoto yakuza clan. Now, he’s at the very bottom, literally crawling on the floor as a limbless debt collector. One of the bleakest, most unrelenting gangster films which is playing against type at every level possible. Official Selection: New York Asian Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Lace Crater
USA / Dir: Harrison Atkins

A disarming film about messy relationships and the shame of owning up to one’s sexuality… especially when ghosts and STDs are involved! Exploring a generation’s drive for romantic connection by way of the supernatural, LACE CRATER blends the improvisational and comedic approaches of erstwhile mumblecore cinema, with the unsettling metaphors that a genre framework can bring to life. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Imagine Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

Little Sister
USA / Dir: Zach Clark

Halloween 2008 brings a former goth girl, now a nun, back into her dysfunctional clan’s den of disaster. A delightful and idiosyncratic black comedy about family, black lipstick, drugs, and finding grace in adversity starring Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson, and Barbara Crampton. An outright masterpiece from the wildly talented director of WHITE REINDEER. Official Selection: SXSW 2016, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Mon ami Dino
Quebec / Dir: Jimmy Larouche

“I’m not afraid to die — I’m scared to lose my life.” Actor Dino Tavarone (OMERTA) delivers a performance of rare authenticity, playing himself in a wild concoction that perfectly blends reality with fiction. A splendid celebration of life reflecting on family, friendship, work… and illness. Montreal Premiere.

Outlaws and Angels
USA / Dir: JT Mollner

Desperate bank robbers with a bounty hunter on their trail hide out at an isolated farm. A gloomy, violent concoction emphasizing the gritty, depraved, and brutal side of the Wild West, tipping its hat to the classics. Francesca Eastwood, daughter of the legendary silver-screen cowboy, delivers a twisted yet solid performance that is sure to make her famous father proud. Official Selection : Sundance 2016. Canadian Premiere.

Parasyte: Part 1
Japan  / Dir: Takashi Yamazaki

The right hand of teenager Shinichi has been commandeered by a strange alien entity, and it wants to find more of its kind. A shrewd, highly logical hybrid of horror and sci-fi, adapted from the hugely popular manga. Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2014, Udine Far East Film Festival 2015, Nippon Connection Festival 2015. Quebec Premiere.

Parasyte: Part 2
Japan / Dir: Takashi Yamazaki

The second act of the two-part PARASYTE series raises the stakes and cranks up the excitement. A mutant mash-up of grisly gore, creature feature, science fiction eco-shocker, and superhero thrill ride. Official Selection: Udine Far East Film Festival 2015, Nippon Connection Festival 2015. Quebec Premiere.

The Piper
South Korea / Dir: Kim Gwang-tae

In the aftermath of the Korean war, a humble musician and his sick son discover a hidden village plagued by rats — and by shameful, dark secrets. A haunting, horror-stained fable of doublecross and dire retribution adapted from the classic Pied Piper of Hamelin with an amazing cast led by Ryoo Seung Ryong (SEOUL STATION) and Chun Woo-hee (HAN GONG-JU). Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival 2015, Busan International Film Festival 2015.

The Priests
South Korea / Dir: Jang Jae-hyun

A grizzled, borderline-burnout veteran exorcist and a rebellious young seminarian confront a demonic possession in Korea in this supernatural thriller that’s scary and/or funny in just the right places. Kim Yoon-seok (THE CHASER), Kang Dong-won (HAUNTERS), and Park So-dam (THE THRONE) shine in Jang Jae-hyun’s impressive first direction. Official Selection: Udine Far East Film Festival 2016, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

Psycho Raman
India / Dir: Anurag Kashyap

Raman, a serial killer in Mumbai, sees his alter ego in the crooked cop pursuing him. A genuine time bomb that can suddenly blow up in your face at any time, capturing the social pressures gnawing away at Indian society.  From the visionary director of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR and UGLY. Fantasia will be showing the Cannes cut, as opposed to the version that recently opened in theatrical release. Official Selection, Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2016.

Sori: Voice from the Heart
South Korea / Dir: Lee Ho-jae

Kim is searching for his long-lost daughter. A satellite robot he names Sori is also on a quest — and government agents are after them both. A smart, inventive, and empathic adventure, part quirky comedy, part techno-thriller. Official Selection: Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Udine Far East Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

Too Young to Die!
Japan / Dir: Kankuro Kudo

Recently deceased teenager Daisuke, desperate to escape Hell and reach Heaven, embarks on an epic journey of wacky reincarnations. A devil-horned comedy masterpiece by Writer/Director Kankuro Kudo (BRASS KNUCKLE BOYS), bursting with gore gags and heavy metal tunes by the gallon! Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, Hong Kong Filmart 2016, New York Asian Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

A Violent Prosecutor
South Korea / Dir: Lee Il-hyung

Hardboiled prosecutor Byun, framed for the death of a suspect, isn’t going to let prison walls get in the way of his revenge. A rough, tough, rambunctious legal thriller that ransacked the South Korean box office featuring stars Hwang Jung-min (THE WAILING) and Kang Dong-won (THE PRIESTS). Quebec Premiere.

 

MARILYN MANSON, SHINSUKE SATO, AND KEVIN SMITH AMONG FEST GUESTS AS FANTASIA REVEALS AN EXCITING SECOND WAVE OF TITLES!


Fest to open with World Premieres of KING DAVE and KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE! Polish Spotlight, Camera Lucida, Fantasia Underground, and more announced

Opening Film: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DANIEL GROU’S KING DAVE

Violence, heartache and betrayal lie ahead when Dave (MOMMY’s Alexandre Goyette) gets caught up in a calamitous situation, driven by an unstoppable momentum. A tale told in a breathless rush, captured in a single tracking shot by celebrated Quebecois filmmaker Daniel “Podz” Grou (7 DAYS, 10 1/2, MIRACULUM). Also starring Karelle Tremblay and Mylène St-Sauveur.

Additional Opening Night Attraction: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN STOCKWELL’S KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE

Re-launching the KICKBOXER franchise, this blistering new film boasts Canadian actor Alain Moussi in the lead and Jean-Claude Van Damme as a muay thai teacher with unconventional methods. Georges St-Pierre and Dave Bautista also star. Directed by John Stockwell (TURISTAS, INTO THE BLUE).

 
MARILYN MANSON WILL MAKE YOU A MARTYR

Trailblazing musician and multimedia artist Marilyn Mason will be coming to Fantasia to present the World Premiere of Corey Asraf & John Swab’s gripping and poetic modern Noir LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR. Manson is a producer on the film and co-stars alongside Mark Boone Junior, Niko Nicotera, Sam Quartin, and Michael Potts.

KEVIN SMITH WILL YOGA YOU A HOSER

Indie iconoclast Kevin Smith will be coming to Fantasia for a special evening with his uniquely Quebec-centric comedy YOGA HOSERS, the second entry in the filmmaker’s inspired “True North” trilogy centered around outrageously kooky and inventively hallucinatory happenings in our Canuckian neck of the woods.

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SHINSUKE SATO IS COMING TO FANTASIA WITH LIBRARY WARS: THE LAST MISSION

Shinsuke Sato is one of the most versatile directors in Japan, excelling as the Co-Writer-Director of a family oriented animation film like OBLIVIOUS ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR (Special Mention at Fantasia 2010) as much as he does at the helm of thrilling gore fest like I AM A HERO. The festival will have the pleasure of welcoming Director Sato again with the Canadian Premiere of LIBRARY WARS: THE LAST MISSION, part of our Action! section, where paramilitary thrills, comical flourishes and powerful philosophical challenges pervade this sequel to the 2013 Fantasia hit.


THE WORLD PREMIERE OF NICK GILLESPIE’S BEN WHEATLEY-PRODUCED TANK 432

A military mission goes deadly wrong when a group of soldiers find themselves stalked by invisible enemies. Co-produced by Ben Wheatley (A FIELD IN ENGLAND, HIGH RISE), Nick Gillespie’s TANK 432 is a gripping and fascinating unnatural thriller where the lines between reality and nightmares dissolve to make room for an exploration into chaos. One of the highlights of the 2016 edition of Fantasia’s Camera Lucida section (full lineup announced later in this release).

SLEEP NO MORE AS WE UNCOVER MIKE FLANAGAN’S BEFORE I WAKE

Fantasia was among the first festivals to introduce the world to the brilliance of Mike Flanagan (OCCULUS, HUSH) with our screening of the filmmaker’s instant-classic debut ABSENTIA. We’re thrilled to be bringing him back with a special screening of his eerie and poetic horror/fantasy BEFORE I WAKE, starring Jacob Tremblay (ROOM) as a troubled orphan whose dreams spill out into the real-world environment around him when he sleeps – as do his nightmares. Also starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, and Annabeth Gish.

JACKIE CHAN RETURNS TO THE FANTASIA SCREEN WITH SKIPTRACE

A beloved figure on the Fantasia screen since the festival’s 1996 inception, Jackie Chan will always hold a special place here. We’re pleased to be presenting the North American premiere of his latest film, Renny Harlin’s SKIPTRACE, in which a detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal. Also starring Fan Bingbing, Eric Tsang and Michael Wong.


ADAM NIMOY WILL HOST THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK

Arriving at Warp Speed to welcome STAR TREK’s 50th anniversary, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK celebrates the enduring series by focusing on the franchise’s most popular character and the man who played him. Directed and narrated by Adam Nimoy, this fascinating doc offers a personal, intimate look at the life and livelihood of his late father, beloved actor Leonard Nimoy, and his iconic alter-ego, Mr. Spock. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2016

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IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

A terminally-ill postman with days to live meets the Devil in the guise of his double, who offers him an extra day of life for each thing, linking him to his loved ones, that is forever removed from the surface of the Earth. A poignant Faustian tale full of both sadness and light. Make no mistake, Akira Nagai’s IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD, presented in Canadian Premiere, is among the finest jewels of Fantasia’s 2016 programming and one of the most touching films you will encounter anywhere this year.

THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF KIKE MAILLO’S TORO

Kike Maillo created quite a stir on the festival circuit in 2011 with the Goya-awarded sci-fi film EVA. For his second feature, he brings us a super-realist action film, highly stylized, cleverly written and flawlessly directed, starring Mario Casas (UNIT 7) and Luis Tosar (SLEEP TIGHT).


AN OUTSIDER ROMANCE TOLD UNROMANTICALLY: SOME FREAKS

A rare teen film about outsiders that actually understands them, playwright Ian McAllister-McDonald’s SOME FREAKS (World Premiere) depicts a sweet yet wounding romance between a one-eyed boy (Thomas Mann) and a large girl (Lily Mae Harrington) who come together from shared experiences as high school outcasts. Funny, honest and caustic, this film will charm your heart – and demolish it. Co-executive produced by Neil LaBute.

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SPOTLIGHT ON POLISH GENRE CINEMA

In tribute to the passing of the great Andrzej Zulawski earlier this year, Fantasia will be presenting a special showcase of Polish genre cinema. Presented in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute, our series will screen four masterpieces of provocative, individualistic filmmaking, three contemporary, one nearly-lost classic in vividly restored new light.


DEMON

Poland — Dir: Marcin Wrona

This festival favorite offers an ingenious twist on Jewish folklore and myth. Tackling complex ideas — whether the feeling of confronting life’s big changes, or of the lurking national and political histories that bubble to the surface once families are united under the same roof — DEMON is dense with illuminating metaphors, and rich with moments of unsettlingly quiet horror. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016.  Quebec Premiere


I, OLGA HEPNAROVA

Czech Republic-Poland-Slovakia — Dirs: Petr Kazda, Tomas Weinreb

On July 10, 1973, 22-year-old Olga Hepnarová drove a truck into a group of 25 strangers, setting in motion a tragic conclusion to a lonely young life of alienation and rage. A bracingly powerful and tough-minded true story featuring a haunting lead performance by the incredible Michalina Olszanska (THE LURE). Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2016. North American Premiere.



THE LURE

Poland — Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska

Heart-eating sister sirens from the sea join an erotic cabaret in the disco mermaid stripper horror/musical/comedy/drama/romance/coming-of-age adult fable you’ve been waiting your entire life for.  A singular masterpiece of the unconventional, THE LURE is an exhilaratingly cool act of filmmaking whose charms are impossible to resist. Official Selection: Sundance 2016, Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.


ON THE SILVER GLOBE
(newly restored)
Poland — Dir: Andrzej Zulawski

Andrzej Zulawski’s long suppressed, now magnificently restored ON THE SILVER GLOBE (1977/1988) features some of the most bizarre and startling imagery ever committed to celluloid: heretics impaled on spikes, a mass underground orgy and (years before MAD MAX) a finned Cadillac screaming through the desert… Shortly before the end of filming, the project was shut down by the Polish Communist authorities. Almost a decade later, Zulawski was invited back to Poland to complete his broken masterpiece. Recently restored from the original camera negative, ON THE SILVER GLOBE presents a terrifying science fiction vision worlds apart from STAR WARS.

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CAMERA LUCIDA 2016

For its 7th edition, Camera Lucida once again showcases unique and groundbreaking perspectives on genre cinemas by taking its codes into new directions. Over a dozen titles from around the world have been selected to figure in our 2016 line-up, including festival favorites as well as exciting premieres from promising newcomers. Themes this year cover feminism, urban isolation, conspiracy theories and sexuality.

ALOYS
Switzerland / France — Dir: Tobias Nölle

In this urban fable, a lonely inspector sees his life turned upside down when a mysterious woman initiates him to « telephone walking », an unusual form of therapy. A rare example of audiovisual poetry, the bittersweet ALOYS could be compared to a melancholic variation on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AMELIE. Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival 2016.

L’ÉLAN
France — Dir: Étienne Labroue

The arrival of a humanoid being (an elk, with a big plush head) quickly creates havoc in a small French village. Part mockumentary, conspiracy theory and fantasy fable, this promising debut feature bursts with a refreshing originality. Official Selection: L’étrange festival de Paris 2015. Canadian Premiere.


SHELLEY

Denmark-Sweden — Dir: Ali Abbasi

A housekeeper finds a new job in an isolated house in the middle of wilderness. Once there, the two owners ask her to carry their child. Reminiscent of ROSEMARY’S BABY, this modern gothic chiller turns an intimate Bergman-like drama into one of the most surprising horror films of the year. Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2016. North-American Premiere.

IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW (Closing Film: Camera Lucida)
USA — Dir: Nathan Williams

Believing to be on the story of the century, a journalist suddenly finds himself caught in a frantic game of cat and mouse. Quiet yet profoundly suspense, the Closing Film of Camera Lucida 2016 creates a climate of paranoia so paralyzing that it’s almost asphyxiating. Official Selection: Slamdance Film Festival 2016. International Premiere.


THE INERASABLE

Japan — Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura

A popular mystery writer and a young architecture student investigate a haunted apartment complex, in this clever deconstruction of J-horror tropes from prolific director Yoshihiro Nakamura (FISH STORY, THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE). Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival, Udine Far East Film Festival. Quebec Premiere.


THE WAILING
(Opening Film: Camera Lucida)
South Korea — Dir. Na Hong-jin

A wave of gruesome murders is tearing the rural village of Goksung apart and its only weapons against these manifestations of pure evil are an incompetent cop, a shy deacon and an exuberant shaman. With the ambient horror thriller THE WAILING, the Opening Film of our Camera Lucida section and one of the most talked about films of Cannes 2016, Writer/Director Na Hong-jin confirm his place among the masters of Korean cinema. Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival 2016, Munich International Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere

Previously announced Camera Lucida titles: AMERICANA, EMBERS, OPERATION AVALANCHE, UNDER THE SHADOW, WE ARE THE FLESH

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FANTASIA UNDERGROUND 2016

Get set for unrestrained eccentricity and mountains of resourceful, raw talent as Fantasia Underground celebrates its third birthday, bringing a homeless street gang, a power-stripped middle-aged superhero, an alienated dog groomer in love and a whole lotta monsters to town for the party.


PARASITES

USA — Dir: Chad Ferrin

Three college students find themselves lost and stranded on Skid Row when they get a flat tire and are captured by an angry homeless gang. Visceral, low-budget grittiness that pays homage to horror, westerns and ’80s action, playing like John Carpenter by way of Jim VanBebber.  World Premiere


SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS

USA — Dir: Michael Reich

In an era where we’re regularly seeing films calculated to be “weird” by design, here’s an intoxicatingly insane breath-of-fresh-air coming from a place so genuine and strange it cannot be faked. Is it a comedy? A horror film? A romance? A fever dream? Yes! An experimental observational comedy that doesn’t look or feel like anything else, this is one of the coolest discoveries of 2016.


SUPERPOWERLESS

USA — Dir: Duane Anderson

A former crime-fighter whose unnatural powers have waned, is plagued by midlife crisis. A witty, surprising and emotionally resonant film about aging, self-acceptance and legacy that brings a fresh perspective on the iconic superhero: you will believe that a man can fly, fall down and get back up again… Truly terrific.  World Premiere

THERAPY
France — Dir: Nathan Ambrosioni

Following the discovery of a home movie left by a pack of missing teenagers, two cops realized they must act quickly in order to save them from a murderous threat. Following the success of last year’s HOSTILE, maverick young filmmaker Nathan Ambrosioni, now a weather-beaten 16 years of age, returns to Fantasia with a frightening and well-crafted new take on the found footage subgenre. World Premiere.

Previously announced Fantasia Underground title: ATMO HORROX

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Additional Second Wave Highlights:

ANOTHER EVIL
USA — Dir: Carson D. Mell

A couple whose vacation home is haunted enlist a hardcore exorcist — and the real problems begin. This parapsychological gem, the feature debut from Carson D. Mell, a writer on EASTBOUND & DOWN and SILICON VALLEY, is both a weird, intimate comedy and a different kind of haunted-house chiller. Official Selection: SXSW 2016. International Premiere

ANTIBIRTH
USA-Canada — Dir: Danny Perez

Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly and Mark Webber star in this twisted, surrealistic and grotesque tale of drug addiction and a very unusual kind of pregnancy that stunned audiences at Sundance earlier this year. Official Selection: Boston Underground Film Festival 2016

A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE
Japan — Dir. Shunji Iwai

Nanami meets her husband on the Internet, and her life unravels into a complex network of artifice, strange jobs and deceitful relationships. An epic of alienation and love for the age of social media, from master Shunji Iwai (ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU, VAMPIRE)! Official selection: Seattle International Film Festival 2016, New York Asian Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere

A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH
Denmark — Dir: Hans Petter Moland

A message in a bottle comes across the desk of a sleepy cold-case investigation unit in Denmark. It begins with the word ‘Help.’ An exhilaratingly chilling Nordic Noir starring the great Nikolaj Lie Kaas, A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH broke a 15-year Opening Weekend box office record in Denmark. Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

THE DEVIL’S CANDY
USA — Dir: Sean Byrne

A vivid new take on the Satanic haunted-house thriller by way of a home-invasion siege nightmare, complete with a ferociously effective doom-metal sound design that will have the cinema’s walls shaking with demonic force to match director Byrne’s exhilarating storytelling chops. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Fantastic Fest 2015. Quebec Premiere.

EYES OF MY MOTHER
USA — Dir: Nicolas Pesce

First-time writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s B&W nightmare had everyone talking–and screaming–during its Sundance debut, and now makes its bloody mark on Fantasia. This rural horror show jangles the nerves from the get-go, when a lunatic arrives at the remote homestead of an odd family. But that’s just the tip of this chilling iceberg that evokes Takashi Miike at his most disturbing and Terrence Malick at his most evocative. Canadian Premiere.

LAZY HAZY CRAZY
Hong Kong — Dir: Jody Luk Yee-Sum

An audacious and unsettling coming of age story of three girls reaching adulthood in Hong Kong from 1st time director Jody Luk Yee-Sum, a regular co-writer (LOVE IN THE BUFF & VULGARIA) for award winning director Pang Ho-Cheung (who also serves as producer). Official Selection: Tokyo Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, Five Flavors Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, Canadian Premiere.

THE LOVE WITCH
USA — Dir: Anna Biller

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in VIVA director Anna Biller’s tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas. Dazzlingly decked out in the filmmaker’s aesthetic signature of personally hand crafted costumes and art direction (Biller also scripted, edited and scored the film). Official Selection: Maryland Film Festival 2016, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere.

THE MASTER CLEANSE
USA — Dir: Bobby Miller

Heartbroken Paul (Johnny Galecki) joins an unusual spiritual retreat, where the approach to inner growth is perhaps a touch too literal. An intimately whimsical black comedy about personal baggage and the monsters it can become.  The long awaited feature debut from Bobby Miller, whose brilliant short TUB astonished audiences at Fantasia in 2010. Also starring Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner and Anjelica Huston. Official Selection: SXSW 2016. International Premiere.

SLASH
USA — Dir: Clay Liford

Teenagers Neil (Michael Johnston) and Julia (Hannah Marks) bond over their shared devotion to amateur, erotic fan fiction for sci-fi/fantasy geeks in this smart, empathic, often funny and always convincing coming-of-age drama. Official Selection: BAMCinemaFest 2016, Munich Film Festival 2016, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere. 8

TEENAGE COCKTAIL
USA — Dir: John Carchietta

Picture-perfect teens Annie (Nichole Bloom) and Jules (Fabianne Therese) are in love, and have made a plan. A cautionary tale of sorts about mad teenage love, growing up on the Internet, and the kind of poor decisions that characterize life lived to its fullest… or shortest. Also starring Pat Healy. Official Selection: SXSW 2016. International Premiere.

THREE
Hong Kong — Dir: Johnnie To

A Crook, a cop and a surgeon with dark secrets converge in a hospital leading to deadly results. Director Johnnie To returns to the action genre after a three-year hiatus! Filmed entirely in a hospital in Southern China and without a full script, To is back in full force, creating tense cat and mouse games and a thrilling climatic shoot-out that he can do so effortlessly with fresh vigor! Official Selection: Taipei Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere.

THE THRONE
South Korea – Dir. Lee Joon-ik

The horrible death of Prince Sado, condemned by his father King Yeongjo to die of thirst in a rice chest, is among most tragic events in Korea’s history. Lee Joon-ik masterfully turns this national drama in an intimate family tragedy where the great Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in lead stellar cast. A multiple award-winner, THE THRONE was South Korea’s runner up for the latest Academy Awards. Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival 2015 and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016. Quebec Premiere

WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!
Japan — Dir. Yoji Yamada

Living legend Yoji Yamada (TORA-SAN, TWILIGHT SAMURAI) reunites with the cast of his 2013 remake of Yasujiro Ozu’s TOKYO STORY for this comedic tour-de-force; a rip-roaring slapstick take on elderly divorce, and the generational gap that molds traditional values through time. Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2016, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016. Canadian Premiere

The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place in Montreal from July 14 through August 2, 2016, once again returning to the SGWU Alumni Auditorium at Concordia University.

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Military/ Seminar/ TV – C SPAN 3 to televise NYMAS ESPIONAGE CONFERENCE

The opening 2 hours of NYMAS’s April Espionage Conference with be on C-SPAN 3 / American History TV twice this weekend:

Saturday afternoon, July 9 at 1:50pm ET

Sunday morning, July 10 at 5:50am ET

(NYC TWC/Spectrum cable: Channel 227)

Robert Rowen
Director of Operations and Programs
The New York Military Affairs Symposium
On the web at http://nymas.org
Email to rrowen@nymas.org
Phone: 718-834-1414
Cell: 347-513-9578

Fax: 718-709-8670

NYMAS is devoted to increasing public
knowledge, awareness, and understanding
of the interrelationship of war, society, and
culture through the presentation and
dissemination of diverse scholarly viewpoints.

See clip at https://youtu.be/ni4Xm5BSM6c

 

1964 photo – Robert Rowen, NYMAS Program and Ops Director, in uniform on the right.

NYMAS Spring 2016 2-Day Conference
Produced & moderated by Robert Miller
Espionage: from Cold War to Asymmetric Conflict

Joseph Fitsanakis specializes in intelligence and national security with an emphasis on international espionage.  He has taught and written extensively on intelligence policy and practice, intelligence history, communications interception, cyber espionage, and transnational criminal networks.  His writings have been translated into several languages and referenced in media outlets including The Washington Post, BBC, ABC, NPR, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Wired.  Before joining Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Fitsanakis built the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. At Coastal, he teaches courses on national security, intelligence communications, intelligence analysis, intelligence operations, and espionage during the Cold War, among other subjects.  Dr. Fitsanakis is also deputy director of the European Intelligence Academy and senior editor at intelNews.org, an ACI-indexed scholarly blog that is cataloged through the United States Library of Congress.

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Mark Kramer is Director of Cold War Studies at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.  Originally trained in mathematics, he went on to study international relations as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and was also an Academy Fellow in Harvard’s Academy of International and Area Studies.  He has published many books and articles.

His latest books are Imposing, Maintaining, and Tearing Open the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and East‐Central Europe, 1945‐1990 (2013), Reassessing History on Two Continents (2013), Der Kreml und die Wende 1989 (2014), and Der Kreml und die Wiedervereinigung (2015), and he is also the editor of a three‐volume collection, The Fate of Communist Regimes, 1989‐1991, to be published in late 2016.

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Mark Mazzetti is a correspondent for The New York Times, where he has covered national security from the newspaper’s Washington bureau since April 2006.  In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response. The previous year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for revelations about the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.  He is the author of The Way of the Knife (Penguin 2013) a bestselling account of the CIA’s covert action forces.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, he has made several reporting trips to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Mazzetti received a 2011 Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was the recipient of the 2006 Gerald R Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense.

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