This year's edition of Montreal's world-famous Fantasia Film Festival begins in less than a month, and while the full lineup of films is still being finalized, the promoters have unveiled the first batch of screenings and some pretty epic events.
The World’s End
Edgar Wright's classic Shaun of the Dead made its Canadian premiere at Fantasia back in 2004, so the founders chose his long-awaited apocalypse comedy to close the festival this year, on the night of August 6th. Wright and members of the cast will be in attendance.
Clive Barker’s History of the Devil
Marking a first in Fantasia history, Director Jeremy Michael Segal and Title 66 Productions will present a live stage performance of Barker's notorious play, a three-hour epic spanning thousands of years. Performances are scheduled for August 1-3 at Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle in Montreal.
Fantasia's Opening Night festivities will include a special screening of James Wan's new horror film, hosted by actress Joey King.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Andrzej Żuławski
Fantasia is bestowing their 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award on the experimental Polish filmmaker, best known among horror fans for his amazingly surreal Possession, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. The award will be presented at a special screening of Żuławski's film Szamanka on July 25th. To coincide with this event, Fantasia will hold an exhibition of amazing artwork by Barbara ‘Basia’ Baranowska, whose artwork graced the North American poster for Possession.
The following film titles have also been announced:
Across the River (World Premiere)
Big Bad Wolves (Canadian Premiere)
Cheap Thrills (Canadian Premiere)
Commando: A One Man Army (North American Premiere)
Doomsdays (World Premiere)
Halley (Canadian Premiere)
I’ll Follow You Down (World Premiere)
IP Man – The Final Fight (Canadian Premiere)
It’s Me, It’s Me (Canadian Premiere)
L’autre Monde (The Otherworld, World Premiere)
Library Wars (Canadian Premiere)
Magic Magic (Canadian Premiere)
Metro Manila (Canadian Premiere)
Return to Nuke ‘em High, Vol. One (World Premiere)
The Weight (North American Premiere)
Willow Creek (International Premiere)
Further title announcements will be coming soon to Fantasia's official site. Stay tuned for more updates!