Ababouiné directed by André Forcier
Ababouiné directed by André Forcier

Fantasia International Film Festival celebrating its 28th edition from July 18 through August 4, 2024, will close with the World Premiere of André Forcier’s Ababouiné. Ababouiné takes us back to the 1950s, when the Catholic Church ruled over Quebec with an iron fist, and as a rowdy group of kids goes to war against the church. In his latest masterpiece, André Forcier (Au Clair De La Lune, A Wind From Wyoming) revisits a dark period of Quebec’s history through an often shocking – yet undeniably and absurdly funny – lens. With a deft hand, Forcier navigates the historical abuses of the church and the hope of a society on the brink of change – with sensitivity, humour, and a lot of heart. Starring in the film are Rémy Girard, Gaston Lepage, Pascale Montpetit, Éric Bruneau, and Mylène Mackay.

As opening day approaches, Fantasia revealed its massive final wave of titles, their numerous 2024 competitions, and selections of jurors – as well as honoring filmmaker Mike Flanagan with the 2024 Cheval Noir career award

Flanagan is an artist Fantasia has adored since his first visit to the festival for the Canadian premiere of his haunting 2011 indie debut Absentia. Since then, Flanagan has brought audiences such modern classics as Oculus (2013), Hush (2016), Before I Wake (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Gerald’s Game (2017), and Doctor Sleep (2019), as well as the Netflix miniseries events The Haunting of Hill House (2018), The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Midnight Mass (2021), The Midnight Club (2022), and The Fall of the House of Usher (2023). His next feature is the forthcoming Stephen King adaptation The Life of Chuck (2024), starring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Hamill, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


In Our Blood is the narrative feature debut of Oscar-nominated documentarian Pedro Kos (Rebel Hearts, Lead Me Home). Nothing is as it seems when filmmaker Emily Wyland (a phenomenal Brittany O’Grady of HBO’s White Lotus) teams up with cinematographer Danny (E. J. Bonilla, FX’s The Old Man) to shoot an intimate documentary about reuniting with her mother (Alanna Ubach, HBO’s Euphoria) after a decade apart. When her mother suddenly goes missing, Emily and Danny must piece together increasingly disturbing clues, hoping to find her before it’s too late. Sad, scary, and unshakably convincing, this is a film that lingers like the ghosts of stolen futures. World Premiere.


Inspired by the book “The Stranger Next Door” from critically acclaimed Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb, 4PM is a riveting psychological thriller from director Jay Song (The Nightmare) drenched in silent tension. Jeong-in (Oldboy’s Oh Dal-su), is taking a break from his life as a teacher in his new countryside house when a written invitation to a neighbor (Jang Yeong-nam, Project Wolf Hunting) turns into a nightmare of excruciatingly awkward visits every day at 4PM. This character joust is one to remember – and its countless twists will force any audience member to ask themselves how they would handle the same wild situation. North American Premiere.


After the success of Psycho Goreman, FX artist and director Steven Kostanski hits back with the zany, over-the-top Frankie Freako! Starring Conor Sweeney and Adam Brooks of Astron-6 fame, the film follows a nerdy man who just isn’t cool. In an attempt to impress his wife and boss, he’s lured by a 1-900 TV ad to party with a strange little creature called Frankie Freako. All hell breaks loose when Conor calls and Frankie and his two friends wreak interdimensional havoc in Conor’s life. Kostanski fans will flock to his latest imaginative adventure, saturated with throwback cartoonish fun à la Ghoulies, wildly creative puppets, big laughs, and a helluva good time! Septentrion Shadows section. World Premiere.


A brand-new, top-tier work of Chinese animation, The Umbrella Fairy marks the feature-length directorial debut of Shen Jie, art director on MR. MIAO (2020). Incorporating numerous elements of traditional Chinese arts and culture to achieve a distinctive charm and vitality, the film offers its audience a visual feast of rare richness to complement its engaging fantasy fable. Animation Plus Section. International Premiere.


Peter Vack (Assholes) and Dasha Nekrasova (The Scary of Sixty-First) star as couple on the rocks during the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic in American filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko (Spree)’s latest, The Code – a generation-defining, wickedly dark comedy that blends post-New Wave French sensibilities of aesthetic disillusionment with a singularly alien view of contemporary American life. A transgressive and singular experience, nothing is off limits in this surveillance-heavy narrative, which uses multiple formats, points of view, and cameras to create a visionary collage-like experience of modern life. An epic poem for our post-pandemic world. Underground Section. World Premiere.


Dumped by her shifty widower father in a small coastal town, eleven-year-old Karin is left in the care of Anzu, who’s affable, if rather uncouth and feckless – oh, and he’s also an immortal ghost cat. Based on the manga by Takashi Imashiro, the French-Japanese co-production Ghost Cat Anzu is co-directed by animator Yoko Kuno (Crayon Shin-chan, The Case of Hanna & Alice) and Nobuhiro Yamashita, whose live-action films Confession and Swimming in a Sand Pool also screen at Fantasia this summer. It tackles a now-familiar trope in anime – a troubled child’s summertime coming-of-age in a countryside inhabited by supernatural creatures – and offsets its bucolic charm with deadpan wit and an emotional tone that’s as tender as a bruise. Official selection: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2024. Animation Plus Section. North American Premiere.


After his debut feature, Bang Bang Baby, premiered at TIFF in 2014 and took home Best Canadian First Feature Film, the vision of the award-winning director and writer Jeffrey St. Jules comes to Fantasia. His latest is a sci-fi meditation on humanity and the what-ifs about the worlds beyond our stars. In the future, two prisoners on a penal colony planet find they have an unexpected connection, and they mine more than minerals as a horrible truth is revealed. With moving performances by Elias Koteas (Crash, The Thin Red Line) and Briana Middleton (Sharper), this futuristic view of accountability, regrets, and truths is packed with St. Jules’ signature touch of surrealism and imagination. Septentrion Shadows Section. World Premiere.


In this age of extreme polarization and armed conflicts, director Rikiya Imaizumi’s Teasing Master Takagi-san should be prescribed by public health authorities, as this infinitely charming feel-good movie will make audiences happy-cry from cuteness. An extremely shy teacher (Fumiya Takahashi, Blue Period) and her college crush Takagi (Mei Nakano, Office Royale), who she constantly teased in an attempt him to pull him out of is shell, reunite in the same school they once attended. Mentors and pupils learn from each other in this lovely romantic comedy often reminiscent of Amélie, filled with witty dialogue and gorgeous photography. North American Premiere.


It’s been 21 long years since Scooter McCrae (Shatter Dead) released a new feature, and he’s lost none of his smart, transgressive bite. Desperate for work, Derek (Damian Maffei, The Strangers: Prey at Night) accepts a job at a shady tech start-up, working intimately with Susan (Yvonne Emilie Thälker in a powerful debut role), a bleeding-edge BDSM sex doll meant to receive and appreciate sexual punishment as an integral part of her evolving AI. Shot on Super 16, Black Eyed Susan counterbalances its dark, vulgar core with a surprisingly tender vulnerability, creating a lo-fi science-fiction landscape infused with surprising fragility, as legendary Italian composer Fabio Frizzi (The Beyond, Zombie) lends the picture a lush, atmospheric backdrop. Not for the faint of heart, Black Eyed Susan delves into themes and questions that will only become more pertinent with the continued evolution of artificial intelligence. World Premiere.


The bond between Kai and the robot he pilots, Little Dragon, will need to be strong as steel if either will survive the incredible challenges of the Mecha Corps Academy and the battles beyond it. Brewing for over a decade, Singaporean filmmaker Rich Ho’s ambitious and spectacular introduction of his Heavens universe has finally launched into the stratosphere. Built on a foundation of technological innovation and a desire to tell a tale with universal appeal, Heavens: The Boy and His Robot astounds with visual effects that elevate it to the highest global standards of sci-fi blockbusters, and proves that the tiny city-state in the heart of Asia can be a world-class contender when it comes to pop culture. North American Premiere.


Canadian rockers, your favorite headbanger is back in Deaner ‘89! It’s 1989 and Paul Spence (FUBAR and FUBAR 2) brings us his legendary character Dean Murdoch as a teenager growing up in suburban Manitoba. Captain of the hockey team, with a pretty girlfriend and a great adoptive family – he’s got it all until a gnarly trunk of his recently deceased birth father’s belongings arrives. Deaner’s life changes when he learns about his heritage and identity in one fell swoop. Dean’s contagious energy of lives on in Deaner ‘89, featuring an outstanding cast that includes Spence, Will Sasso (CBS’ Young Sheldon, The Throwback), comedy legend Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), and a cameo from Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald. You’ll laugh your ass off with this charming, hilarious origin story! Septentrion Shadows Section. World Premiere.


A 23-year-old girl (Megan Northam) is contacted by an unknown lifeform claiming to be able to bring her missing astronaut brother back to Earth. Jérémy Clapin’s celebrated live action debut following his Oscar-nominated animated sensation I Lost My Body, Meanwhile on Earth is an inversion of science fiction classics: a slice of life tale about existing on Earth while an Extraordinary Man is out there, far beyond the solar system. Live action storytelling is intercut with animated sections that take viewers into the headspace connecting the siblings to one another. Unique, poetic, and surreal, this otherworldly meditation on grief launched earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival where it left audiences breathless. North American Premiere.


Jackie Chan reunites here with his frequent collaborator Stanley Tong to create a follow-up to their 2005 classic The Myth. The two most famously worked together on the iconic action classics Police Story 3: Supercop and Rumble in the Bronx, both of which became massive breakout hits for Chan in North America. In A Legend, Chan portrays a professor whose dreams of his past life as soldier in old China are haunting him, causing complications in the present day as he rediscovers more of his colorful past. North American Premiere.


A true DIY passion project from Estonian filmmaker Sander Maran, Chainsaws Were Singing is a zany, blood-soaked musical about lovers split up by a chainsaw-wielding killer. Over a decade in the making, Saran not only directed but wrote, scored, shot, and edited this colorful murder-fest that’s part gory horror movie and part ridiculous musical. The camerawork is inventive, the editing slapstick, and the tone truly absurdist. Most importantly, though, the songs are incredibly catchy, with Sander clearly deeply indebted to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical and Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors. Underground Section. International Premiere.


It’s rare to come across a high-quality, CG-animated fantasy film for young audiences that challenges commercial conventions, but unlike actual unicorns, such a thing does exist. With the fascinating, eccentric Sunburnt Unicorn, Canadian animator Nick Johnson has elevated the generic wilderness adventure to a hallucinatory, existential odyssey, following in the footsteps of fantasy films from the 1980s that, with their penchant for the unexpected and moments of true fright, acted as a gateway for kids to the horror genre. The pervasive eeriness is further heightened by an astounding score by Inuit sister duo Piqsiq, who, with only their two voices, conjure up a powerful atmosphere of wonder and dread. Animation Plus Section, co-presented with Septentrion Shadows Section. North American Premiere.


A bleakly pulverizing action thriller from celebrated Kazakh maverick Adilkhan Yerzhanov (The Gentle Indifference of the World, The Owners) and Oscar nominated producer Alexander Rodnyansky (Leviathan), Steppenwolf explodes off the screen with tension that will singe the flesh from your bones. Like a Kazakh Mad Max directed by John Ford – or perhaps, The Searchers directed by George Miller – with a touch of Herman Hesse and classic samurai tales, Steppenwolf reinvents the codes of its inspirations with jolting doses of post-Soviet nihilism and morbid black humor. A desperate mother (Anna Starchenko, NARTAI) teams up with a psychopathic ex-cop (Berik Aitzhanov, Goliath, The Assault) to find her son who’s gone missing in a landscape consumed by riots and death. Winner of the Golden Raven grand prix at the 2024 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2024. North American Premiere.


Under the relentless heat of a scorching July sun, four teenage girls find themselves with an unusual task: sweeping the sand-covered bottom of a swimming pool, remnants of a nearby baseball field. Based on a play written by high-school student Nakata Yumeka and originally performed by the Tokushima City High School Drama Club, Swimming in a Sand Pool is a tender coming-of-age story that explores love, ambition, and gender equality. Swimming in a Sand Pool touches on material familiar to director Nobuhiro Yamashita, best known for the profound teenage girl band comedy Linda Linda Linda. North American Premiere.


Legendary J-horror director Koji Shiraishi (Noroi: The Curse) brings the genre to new levels of fun with House of Sayuri. A vengeful ghost disseminates a family until a counterattack from a bold grandma brings a startling new dynamic into the house. Shifting tones in surprising and destabilizing ways, this horror-comedy alternates from a galvanizing spiritual training montage to profoundly dramatic moments, coming together to create a truly unique cinematic experience. North American Premiere.


After decades as a prolific character actor in film and television, winning numerous awards in the process, Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone, Hell or High Water) takes center stage in THE G. Here, she plays Ann, a harsh-tongued, tough-as-nails septuagenarian who finds herself with no husband, no money, and no home other than the miserable facility she’s been locked up in after being betrayed by her corrupt legal guardian. But as her tormentors are about to find out, someone who’s had everything taken away from them is someone with nothing left to lose. Director Karl R. Hearne has crafted a gritty revenge thriller laced with shards of bitter humor and anchors it with an unconventional, yet entirely convincing, protagonist – a different shade of noir, with a touch of grey and a ton of earned rage. Co-starring Romane Denis, Bruce Ramsay, and Roc LaFortune. Official selection: Tallinn Black Nights 2023, Glasgow Film Festival 2024. North American Premiere.


Those unfamiliar with the now-extensive Monogatari anime franchise, fear not (or not much, anyway): extensively revised and reworked (revamped, if you like) from a trilogy of feature films released in 2016 and effectively impossible to find today, Kizumonogatari -Koyomi Vamp- is the starting point, a prequel that chronicles teenage loner Koyomi’s initiation into the supernatural realm. Overseen by original co-director Tatsuya Oishi, this resurrection retains the distinctive characteristics of his work, not just the dynamic battle scenes and elegant aesthetics, but the echoes of French New Wave cinema. Sleek, sly, and startling, it’s a grandiose, avant-garde, neo-gothic nightmare, spattered with splashes of teen sex farce and copious quantities of blood. Animation Plus Section. North American Premiere.


For his first feature, director Michael Pierro’s Self Driver premiered at this year’s Fantaspoa Film Festival and brought home a Best Low-Budget Film Award. Now Fantasia’s audience gets to see this gritty take on the gig economy, and one man’s tensely disturbing struggle to make ends meet. A Toronto rideshare driver (Nathaniel Chadwick, The Last Porno Show) gets an opportunity to make more money with a mysterious and demanding app. In one night, he tests his sanity by risking it all, with his passengers forcing him to put his morals on the line. With a compelling performance by Chadwick, audiences will be completely invested in the plight of the gig worker as they watch him pursue the almighty dollar on a wild, dangerous midnight run! Septentrion Shadows Section. North American Premiere


Tatsumi is a riveting crime thriller from director Hiroshi Shoji, following his award-winning 2015 feature debut Ken and Kazu. Tatsumi works as a fisherman in a small coastal town, but he also has a side job: he’s a “cleaner” for a local drug gang, disposing of their victim’s bodies. After the murder of his ex-girlfriend, her young sister, defiant car mechanic, seeks revenge and asks Tatsumi for his help. There’s no turning back, and now they have to fight for their survival. Tatsumi’s cinematic portrayal of gang life paints a grim and realistic portrait of suffering and cruelty. As a gritty, violent, and brutal revenge tale, Shoji delivers one of the finest and most compelling crime thrillers in a very long time. North American Premiere.


Former Power Rangers director Michael Duignan’s utterly mad feature debut, The Paragon, electrifies with hilarity and trippy psychedelic visuals, delivers in the spirit of inspired low-budget New Zealand filmmaking that harkens back to early Peter Jackson. After experiencing a hit and run, an angry ex-tennis coach named Dutch (Benedict Wall, Shadow in the Cloud) embarks on a psychic training course to find the driver and get revenge. Alongside his witchy psychic coach Lyra (Florence Noble), Dutch must decide between being a victim of his fate or a slave to otherworldly evil in this spectacularly entertaining fantasy comedy where revenge becomes a cosmic experience. Co-starring an especially nuts Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows). North American Premiere.


The stunning sophomore feature from award-winning director Carlota Pereda (Piggy), The Chapel marks the fantastic return of atmospheric, character-driven supernatural Spanish horror. Emma (Maia Zaitegi) wants to learn how to communicate with the spirit of a little girl who has spent centuries trapped inside a chapel. She tries to convince Carol (The Orphanage’s Belen Rueda), a cynical and fake medium, to help her in the hopes that contacting the spirit may help her to remain close to her dying mother after she passes. What Carol doesn’t suspect is that Emma really does have “the gift” and, if she keeps on trying to use it without her guidance, she will be putting her young life at terrifying risk. Winner: Best Actress, Belen Rueda, Cinefantasy 2023. Official Selection: Sitges 2023. North American Premiere.


Shootings! Explosions! Tanks! Musical numbers! Javier Horcajada Fontecha’s From My Cold Dead Hands is a jaw-dropping exploration of gun culture in the United States made from thousands of hours of YouTube videos that’s equal parts amusing, hilarious, bizarre, and impressive (there’s some pretty sharp shooting here). Often disturbing in ways their creators did not always intend, playing like a strange, real-life sister act to the darkest Paul Verhoeven satire, audiences can accept it as a document of our troubled times or as a piece of entertainment. Offering no opinions and presenting everything matter-of-factly, audiences won’t be able to take their eyes off this sharply assembled film, which packs one hell of a recoil. Docs from the Edge Section. North American Premiere.


THE A-FRAME (USA) – dir. Calvin Reeder
Donna (Dana Namerode, What Josiah Saw), a talented pianist, is crushed when she is diagnosed with a form of bone cancer that directly affects her hand. Across town, a quantum physicist (Johnny Whitworth of Limitless and Empire Records), has developed a machine that creates a tunnel to a sub-atomic parallel universe. In his quest to prove the machine’s efficacy, he inadvertently discovers an unorthodox cancer treatment, and now recruits human subjects to legitimize his efforts. Calvin Reeder’s phenomenal latest is a gripping sci-fi thriller with a pitch-black sense of humor, cautioning its viewers that every miracle comes at a price. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2024. International Premiere.

ADRIANNE & THE CASTLE (Quebec / Canada) – dir. Shannon Walsh
Part fever dream and part fairy tale, Adrianne & The Castle uses magic, music, and mystery to bring us into the world of Alan St. George after the loss of his wife, Adrianna, showcasing how, through the power of art, his love lives on. A testament to creativity as a form of adoration and devotion, Shannon Walsh’s documentary allows the viewer to explore the couple’s castle, a marvel of imagination, through joy and celebration. A testament to creativity as a form of adoration and devotion, Walsh’s documentary allows the viewer to explore the couple’s castle, a marvel of imagination, through joy and celebration. Official selection: SXSW 2024, Hot Doc 2024. Docs from the Edge Section. Quebec Premiere.

CUCKOO (USA) – dir. Tilman Singer
A seventeen-year-old girl (Hunter Schafer, HBO’s Euphoria) is forced to move with her family to a resort where things are not what they seem in this astonishing mix of mix of domestic tension, body horror, and perverse science from the gifted director of Luz. Co-starring Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Marton Csókás, and Jan Bluthardt. Official selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2024, SXSW 2024. Winner of the Silver Raven Award at the 2024 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film. Montréal Premiere.

KIDNAPPING INC. (Quebec / Canada / Haiti / France) – dir. Bruno Mourral
Two bumbling kidnappers take on more than they can handle when plans for their political hostage go straight to hell in the streets of Haiti. Grit and day-glo colors of the Caribbean propel director Bruno Mourral’s pastiche of your favorite crime capers and real-life events (his crew was kidnapped while making the film), creating something unique to represent this troubled nation’s societal trials, with classism, colorism, and corruption touching every segment of society. In Kidnapping Inc., Mourral presents these issues in a snappy, brutally comedic debut feature, centering around the most prominent crime in Haiti. Official Selection: Sundance 2024. Canadian Premiere.

THE KILLERS (South Korea) – dirs. Kim Jong-kwan, Roh Deok, Chang Hang-jun, and Lee Myung-Se
Four directors portray hitmen in their respective stories by depicting our own turbulent times. A visual, auditory, and narrative feast, this anthology of exhilarating tales offers everything fans of genre cinema could hope for and more. A must-see! Canadian Premiere.

OUT OF THE SHADOW (Hong Kong) – dir. Ricky Ko
A rejuvenated ode to both The Karate Kid and the action heroines of Hong Kong’s Golden Age, the latest from director Ricky Ko after his award-winning TIME (Fantasia 2021) once again beautifully combines nostalgia and modernity with a potent mix of martial arts, humor, sweetness, and compelling characters. Official Selection: Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024. North American Premiere.

RATS! (USA) – dirs. Maxwell Nalevansky and Carl Fry
Simply put, this is one of the craziest, funniest films audiences will see anywhere this year. There is a wild energy to RATS! that can only be described as evil SpongeBob flash animation bad tripping off Xanax… just the sort of madness you used to watch on NewGrounds while your parents weren’t paying attention! Channeling the filth of films like Street Trash and The Greasy Strangler, co-directors Nalevansky and Fry prove they have the chops to stand tall amongst the legends of absurdist comedy. Official Selection: Cucalorus Film Festival 2024, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2024. Quebec Premiere.

THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT (South Korea) – dir. Heo Myung-haeng
Badass detective Ma Seok-do (the inimitable Don Lee) is back! The fourth installment of one of the most adored Korean action franchises of all time explodes with fight sequences executed to perfection and high-energy mise-en-scène from director Heo Myeong-haeng, the series’ longstanding fight choreographer. Official selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2024. Quebec Premiere.

THE TENANTS (South Korea) – dir. Yoon Eun-kyoung
In a dystopian Seoul, office worker Shin-dong, threatened with eviction, rents out his bathroom to an eccentric couple whose strange behavior quickly escalates into a waking nightmare. A rising talent in the indie horror scene, writer-director Yoon Eun-kyoung creates a unique blend of soft science fiction, Kafkaesque absurdism, and dark comedy to highlight Korea’s very real social inequality problems. Winner of the Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 34th Singapore International Film Festival. Official Selection: Hong Kong international Film Festival 2024, Fantaspoa 2024. Canadian Premiere.

TIMESTALKER (UK) – dir. Alice Lowe
Alice Lowe (Prevenge) returns with an ingenious, Python-esque time-jumping/reincarnation anti-rom-com unlike anything audiences have ever seen, wherein a woman continuously seeks out the presumed love of her life across time. Co-starring Jacob Anderson (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End), and Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), this bloody brilliant – and brilliantly bloody – film impales the heart of the romantic comedy on the sharpest sword imaginable, proving some lessons are just too hard to learn in one lifetime. Official Selection: SXSW 2024. Canadian Premiere.

The Hong Kong box office sensation that caused a wild reaction at the Cannes Film Festival arrives in its first Canadian stop over before going wide across North America. Award winning director Soi Cheang (Mad Fate) directs this period neo noir actioner set in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, a dangerous, densely populated monolith, demolished in 1995, where fists and blades would settle scores and no law enforcement dared to enter. Walled In features some of cinema’s most jaw-breaking and audacious fight scenes, recalling the glory 1980s and 90s kung fu cinema. Starring Louis Koo, Sammo Hung, and Richie Jen. Canadian Premiere.

VULCANIZADORA (USA) – dir. Joel Potrykus
Two friends trudge through a Michigan forest with the intention of following through on a disturbing pact. Functioning as a darkly humorous spiritual sequel to writer/director/actor Joel Potrykus’ 2014 offbeat slacker portrait Buzzard, Vulcanizadora engages in dialogue with the past, reflecting on different stages of the filmmaker’s life. He and returning star Joshua Burge (Relaxer, The Revenant) put forward an emotional depth that allows the audience to see themselves in their characters’ search for control in lives that have escaped their grasp. Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2024. Winner: Best Narrative Feature: Oakland Film Festival 2024. International Premiere.


AVENGING EAGLE (Hong Kong, 1978) – dir. Sun Chung
A former killer and a mysterious stranger must confront his former father and sworn brothers in this action-packed martial arts classic from Hong Kong’s golden age that is a favorite of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. World Premiere of Arrow Films’ new restoration of the fully uncut film.

A CHINESE GHOST STORY II (Hong Kong, 1990) – dir. Tony Ching Siu-Tung
Rival kung fu enemies converge to fight monsters and a giant centipede in this wild and wacky sequel to the award-winning classic A Chinese Ghost Story from producer Tsui Hark and award-winning action director Ching Siu-Tung (Shaolin Soccer). Presented in gloriously haunting 35mm.

COCKFIGHTER – 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (USA, 1974) – dir. Monte Hellman
A man (Warren Oates) who trains fighting cocks vows to remain silent until one of his birds wins a championship in this powerful, underseen gem of the Hollywood New Wave. Co-produced by the late, great Roger Corman and co-starring Richard B. Shull, Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Begley Jr., and Laurie Bird. Fantasia’s screening will be presented on the precise anniversary of the film’s July 30, 1974 theatrical release by Kier-La Janisse (“House of Psychotic Women”), who will read the introduction to her forthcoming book “Cockfight”.

DEVIL TIMES FIVE (USA, 1974) – dir. Sean MacGregor
A group of catty adults in a remote chalet become the “toys” of murderous children in this prime slice of offbeat ‘70s cinema. A drive-in favorite and cult classic, co-starring Sorrell Booke (The Dukes of Hazzard’s Boss Hogg) and teen-heartthrob-to-be Leif Garrett, opposite his real-life mom Carolyn Stellar and little sister Dawn Lyn. World Premiere of Vinegar Syndrome’s new 4K restoration.

HOLLYWOOD 90028 (USA, 1974) – dir. Christina Hornisher
Hollywood 90028 is an existential serial-killer story that explores themes of pornography, fame, hopes, and fears filmed in 1970s Los Angeles. Unavailable for decades and once thought lost, this rarely seen cult classic has recently been rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece by the likes of Arkasha Stevenson (The First Omen), Anna Biller (The Love Witch), and Ti West (MAXXXINE), highlighting its significance as both a critique of the exploitation industry and a historical snapshot of 1970s Los Angeles. Canadian Premiere of Grindhouse Releasing’s new 4K restoration, presented as a special book launch event for Heidi Honeycutt’s “I Spit on Your Celluloid” (Headpress Books).

KILLER CONSTABLE (Hong Kong, 1980) – dir. Kuei Chih-Hung
Imagine, if you will, a wuxia version of Judge Dredd in old China from Kuei Chih-Hung, the controversial director of Boxer’s Omen. Here, Kuei unleashes his only wuxia film, widely considered a profound martial-arts masterpiece that brilliantly subvers the genre with its unique dark horror and bleak undertones, while offering incredible action set pieces. Rarely seen in North America for 30 years. World Premiere of the killer new restoration from Arrow Films.

LA LOI DU COCHON (Quebec, 2001) – dir. Érik Canuel
Stéphane Brousseau, 27, is a compulsive gambler. Faced with an ultimatum from the bank, which is about to seize the pig farm she inherited from her father, she tries to make a quick buck by selling a crop of pot that two city criminals are growing on her land. Behind this seemingly simple framework, the film boasts a complex script with a thousand twists and turns, and inventive direction from the late director Érik Canuel. A remarkable feature debut for the artist, a man of many talents and extraordinary energy, who would go on to make some of Quebec’s most important genre works, including Le Dernier Tunnel (2004), The Outlander (2005), Cadavres (2009) and Lac Mystère (2013). His biggest hit was Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006), which world premiered at Fantasia and went on to become one of the highest grossing Canadian films of all time domestically. Archival 35mm Print Memorial Screening with a posthumous Denis-Héroux award for the beloved Érik Canuel, who passed away on June 15 of this year. Cast in attendance.

Throughout a highly productive career that included numerous feature films, commercials, music videos, and episodes of major television series, Érik Canuel was always proud of his status as a genre director. He was not only a director of fantastic cinema, but of all genres – and an artist who broke down doors, making way for younger generations of artists, all while legitimizing genre film in Quebec. The festival is proud to present a Denis-Héroux Award posthumously to Érik Canuel, signaling an exceptional contribution to the development and dissemination of Quebec genre cinema.

LOVE AND POP (Japan, 1998) – dir. Hideaki Anno
Made in 1998, not long after the success of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Love and Pop was director Hideaki Anno’s first live-action feature film. Despite already being established as a filmmaker, Anno embraced new technologies and unconventional stylistic choices to tell the story of Hiromi (Asumi Miwa) and her schoolgirl friends as they engage in enjo kosai, or “compensated dating,” where older men pay young girls for dates. Using new digital cameras, Anno seemed limited by only his imagination as he shot the film. The resulting experience is a transgressive examination of transactional desire with a style that embodies the full creative range of the underground spirit. Underground section. Presented in a new restoration from King Record Co., Ltd.

THE RUBBER GUN (Canada, 1977) – dir. Allan Moyle
A young Stephen Lack (Scanners) co-wrote and stars in this gritty directorial debut of Quebec filmmaker Allan Moyle (Times Square, Pump Up the Volume, Empire Records), set against Montréal’s 70s drug scene. Before this, Moyle notably collaborated with Frank Vitale on the indie classics Montréal Main and East End Hustle. An exploitation film in the form of experimental cinéma verité, this radical 70s classic evokes the work of Canadians Robin Spry and Ted Kotcheff, as well as the early films of John Cassavetes and Jim McBride. North American Premiere of Canadian International Pictures’ new 4K restoration.

TIKI TIKI (Canada, 1971) – dir. Gerald Potterton
A genuine lost gem of adult-oriented animation, 1971’s strange and hilarious hybrid production TIKI TIKI—the story of an easy-riding, film-directing ape and a multimillion-dollar contraption called the FMM 70, the world’s first all-purpose, rocket-propelled, flying movie machine—is among the titles resurrected under Telefilm’s Canadian Cinema Reignited program. Directed by Heavy Metal’s Gerald Potterton, it combines animation in the filmmaker’s pop-psychedelic style – so recognizable from Yellow Submarine – with repurposed live-action footage from AYBOLIT-66, a Soviet children’s fantasy film. A sassy satire of Hollywood, it’s a weird and wonderful slice of Canadian countercultural cool. World Premiere of Canadian International Pictures’ new 4K restoration.



Jury President: MATT JOHNSON
Actor, director, screenwriter

Critic, journalist, Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Film Festival

Director, screenwriter

Director, actor, voice performer

Director, screenwriter


Jury President: RAIN RANNU
Director, screenwriter, producer, founder of Tallifornia

Director, producer, actor, founder of Mumbai’s Wench Film Festival

Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor

Director, screenwriter, producer


Journalist, critic, film historian, co-founder of the Etheria Film Festival

Professor, Festival Programmer at Fantastic Fest

Director, screenwriter

Illustrator, designer

Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Development at XYZ Films


Jury President: JOHANE MATTE
Story Artist at Dreamworks Animation

Senior Coordinator, Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions at Well Go USA Entertainment

Creative Director at Melancholy Star


Producer, writer

Writer, director

Director, cinematographer, actor, Founder/CEO of Franky Films


Programming Director at Revue Cinema, producer, writer, podcast host, script consultant, Founder of Drunken Cinema


4PM (South Korea) – dir. Jay Song

ABABOUINÉ (Quebec / Canada) – dir. André Forcier

CONFESSION (Japan) – dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita

THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO (France) – dirs. Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière

ELECTROPHILIA (Argentina) – dir. Lucía Puenzo

IN OUR BLOOD (USA) – dir. Pedro Kos

INFINITE SUMMER (Estonia) – dir. Miguel Llansó

MASH VILLE (South Korea) – dir. Hwang Wook

OUT OF THE SHADOW (Hong Kong) – dir. Ricky Ko

PARVULOS (Mexico) – dir. Isaac Ezban

PENALTY LOOP (Japan) – dir. Shinji Araki

RITA (Guatemala) – dir. Jayro Bustamante

A SAMURAI IN TIME (Japan) – dir. Junichi Yasuda

STEPPENWOLF (Kazakhstan) – dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov


BRUSH OF THE GOD (Japan) – dir. Keizo Murase

CHAINSAWS WERE SINGING (Estonia) – dir. Sander Maran

DEAD DEAD FULL DEAD (India) – dir. Pratul Gaikwad

HEAVENS: THE BOY AND HIS ROBOT (Singapore) – dir. Rich Ho

JOUR DE CHASSE (Quebec / Canada) – dir. Annick Blanc

KIDNAPPING INC. (Quebec / Canada / Haiti / France) – dir. Bruno Mourral

KRYPTIC (Canada) – dir. Kourtney Roy

ME AND MY VICTIM (Quebec / Canada) – dirs. Maurane Dubois and Billy Pedlow

NOT FRIENDS (Thailand) – dir. Atta Hemwadee

THE PARAGON (New Zealand) – dir. Michael Duignan

RATS! (USA) – dir. Maxwell Nalevansky, Carl Fry

SELF DRIVER (Canada) – dir. Michael Pierro

SHELBY OAKS (USA) – dir. Chris Stuckmann


98% (South Korea) – dir. Byun Chang-woo

BE RIGHT BACK (Spain) – dir. Gabe Ibañez, Lucas Paulino

BERTA (Spain) – dir. Lucía Forner Segarra

BLITZMUSIK (Quebec / Canada) – dir. Martin Amiot

CRAVE (France) – dir. Mark Middlewick

DIRTY BAD WRONG (Canada) – dir. Erica Orofino

DYSMORPHIC (USA) – dir. Grant Swanson

EDITH (Singapore) – dir. Clare Chong

EMPTY JARS (Chile) – dir. Guillermo Ribbeck

FACES (USA) – dir. Blake Simon

FACTORY DROP (Germany) – dir. Petja Pulkrabek

THE FUTURE IS NOW (South Korea) – dir. Jung Jongmin

HEADACHE (Sweden) – dir. Björn Schagerström

HOW TO KILL A VAMPIRE (South Korea) – dir. Kim Soyeon

LEAP OF PASSION (South Korea) – dir. Kim Jae Hyung

MEAT(LOV)ER (South Korea) – dir. Park Kyung Seo

MEMORY (South Korea) – dir. Jang Hawon

NIGHT FISHING (South Korea) – dir. Moon Byoung-gon

RÉEL (France) – dir. Rodrigue Huart

RING NECK (Canada) – dir. Vasili Manikas

THE STREETLIGHT (USA) – dir. Sophia Parella

WANNA DIE WANNA KILL (South Korea) – dir. Jeong Jaehee

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WOMEN SING (Hong Kong / Taiwan / USA) – dir. Zhang Juefang

WILDFLOWER (USA) – dir. Wan Xin Tang


Fantasia is proud to reveal the following exciting array of special live events occurring throughout its 2024 edition, the majority of which will be presented free-of-charge.

Film screening and lecture
Moderated by Vincenzo Nappi
Free admission
Saturday July 20, 4:00PM, Cinéma du Musée

Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou, Vancouver-based creators of the wildly popular YouTube video essay series “Every Frame a Painting” – which has amassed 2 million subscribers – are coming to Fantasia! From YouTube videos and Netflix series (Voir) to indie features and animation studios, the duo have worked on projects big and small, both for themselves and others. Join them for the World Premiere of their short film, THE SECOND, starring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, Disney+’s The Mandalorian) and an exclusive lecture about its making, the “one for us, one for them” ethos, and how they’ve charted their careers. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

Artist talk
Moderated by author and critic Michael Gingold
Free admission
Sunday July 21, 5:00PM, Cinéma du Musée

Join iconic genre journalist Michael Gingold for a special one-on-one with gifted U.S. filmmaker Mike Flanagan, recipient of Fantasia’s 2024 Cheval Noir career award, which will be presented at the start of the conversation. A writer, director, and editor who creates with uncommonly haunting emotional resonance, Flanagan has moved genre mountains since emerging on the scene with his 2011 feature debut ABSENTIA. From features like OCULUS (2013), HUSH (2016), BEFORE I WAKE (2016), OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016), GERALD’S GAME (2017), DOCTOR SLEEP (2019), and the forthcoming LIFE OF CHUCK (2024) to miraculously profound Netflix miniseries events The Haunting of Hill House (2018), The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Midnight Mass (2021), The Midnight Club (2022), and The Fall of the House of Usher (2023), he’s already amassed several lifetimes worth of wholly individualistic creation. Fans won’t want to miss this career-spanning conversation with a modern master of horror.

Cultural experience
Free Admission
Wednesday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (French)
Thursday, July 25, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (English)
Pony BBQ Coréen, 1608 Saint-Catherine West

In conjunction with the screenings of FAQ, Fantasia and the Korean Cultural Centre Canada are pleased to host two Makgeolli Workshops, featuring makgeolli expert M. Carol Duplain Ing, president of Brasserie Vrooden Inc. This workshop offers an opportunity to share Carol’s expertise and provide an introduction to makgeolli (a traditional Korean rice wine made by fermenting rice and a fermentation starter called nuruk). Participants will have the chance to taste makgeolli, and learn how to craft their own using the provided kits.

Limited space available. Fantasia passholders and FAQ ticket holders will be given priority. Register to attend at Fantasia’s website. All participants must be over 18.

Podcast recording and discussion
Hosted by Dr. Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane
Special guest: Chuck Russell
Free Admission
Thursday July 25, 5:15PM, York Amphitheatre

Join hosts Dr. Rebekah McKendry (professor, writer-director) and Elric Kane (professor, writer-director) as they explore the artistry and impact of the horror films of the 1980s. The duo will be joined by director Chuck Russell (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, THE BLOB) to discuss the 80s sequels and remakes that launched his career, as well as his latest re-imagining of WITCHBOARD.

The interview will be followed by a visual exploration of the VHS cover art that shaped their tastes, a reflection on the video store boom and its influence on modern horror, and a countdown of their favorite deep-cut film recommendations from the 1980s.

Special Book Launch Event
Friday July 26, 5:15PM, Cinema J.A. DeSeve

A legendary curator, historian, and critic, author Heidi Honeycutt co-founded the Etheria film Festival and has written for a vast number of publications and outlets, from Filmmaker, Ms. Magazine, Moviemaker, and Indiewire to Bloody Disgusting and Rue Morgue.

Fantasia is proud to be hosting the World Premiere book launch of Honeycutt’s “I Spit on Your Celluloid: The History of Women Directing Horror Movies” (Headpress Books), a comprehensive 20-years-in-the-making work that covers the evolution of women in horror cinema from 1896 to the present day. The official book launch will be taking place with a special screening of Christina Hornisher’s once-thought-lost 1974 horror gem HOLLYWOOD 90028. Honeycutt will introduce the screening and advance copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Artist talk
Moderated by Justin Langlois
Free admission
Saturday July 27, 2:00PM, York Amphitheatre

Ghoulish Gary is taking over Fantasia! Join us on July 27 for an intimate discussion with artist Gary Pullin about his career, art, and influences. Pullin’s talk will range from his seminal days at Rue Morgue Magazine to his more recent projects as Ghoulish Gary. For the last twelve years, he has made covers for Mad Magazine and Fangoria, movie posters for Mondo, Arrow Video and MGM, and original vinyl soundtrack art for everyone from Deep Focus Records to Waxworks. The Rondo-winning artist will talk pop art, being a monster kid, and everything in between in this groovily ghoulish event!

Special panel discussion
Moderated by Heidi Honeycutt
With panelists Yfke Van Berckelaer, Sapna Moti Bhavnani, Heather Buckley, Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair, Kier-La Janisse, Kristina Klebe, Izzy Lee, Maude Michaud, Toby Poser, Elizabeth E. Schuch, Lucía Forner Segarra, Jenn Wexler, and Anouk Whissell
Free admission
Saturday July 27, 4:00PM, York Amphitheatre

Join historian and author Heidi Honeycutt and a range of filmmakers attending this year’s festival for an engaging discussion on the historical and modern impact of women directing horror films. By exploring their individual stories and the evolution of the genre, we aim to shed light on the vital role women directors play in shaping the landscape of horror cinema and its culture.

Presented as part of Fantasia’s special book launch for Heidi Honeycutt’s “I Spit on Your Celluloid: The History of Women Directing Horror Movies” (Headpress Books). Advance copies of the book will be available at the panel, in addition co-panelist Izzy Lee’s debut novella “I Can See Your Lies” (Dark Matter Ink).

Special gallery exhibition
Free admission
Monday July 29, 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Tuesday July 30, 12:30PM – 6:00PM
BBAM! Gallery, 808 Atwater Avenue

Quebec metal legends Voïvod are synonymous with pioneering music. Their drummer, Away, is a multifaceted artist who’s cultivated a unique style in music and art while keeping true to themselves. In celebration of the hometown world premiere of Felipe Belalcazar’s Voïvod documentary WE ARE CONNECTED, Fantasia and BBAM! Gallery have come together to present Rebel Robots: an exhibition of original art pieces, photographs, instruments, and artifacts sourced directly from the band’s archives, celebrating Voïvod’s extraordinary 40-year legacy. Step into the multiverse experience of Voïvod with this special, intimate exhibit and don’t miss WE ARE CONNECTED at the festival!

Cultural experience
Throughout the festival
Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU Lobby

Join us throughout the run of this year’s festival as Fantasia and the Korean Cultural Centre Canada proudly present the Korean Culture Boxes exhibition. Open the Korean Culture Boxes and embark on an interactive journey to understand and experience the lifestyle of Koreans.

Hansik Box
The Hansik boxes are designed to provide an easy and joyful introduction to hansik (Korean food) for all Fantasia audiences. These interactive exhibition boxes offer an enjoyable experience of Korean food culture, allowing audiences the opportunity to discover their favorite Korean dishes.

Hanbok Box
The Hanbok Box offers a unique opportunity for audiences to try on hanbok, the traditional clothing of Korea, along with various types of the country’s hats. Immerse yourself in the unique beauty of Korea with the Hanbok Box. Please note that the Hanbok Box is only exhibited occasionally.

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