Fantasia International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Fantasia International Film Festival
SINCE: 1996
WHERE: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
WEBSITE: www.fantasiafestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals. With a varied programming and an emphasis on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen in North America.

19th Fantasia International Film Festival Awards, TAG by Sion Son Wins Best Film

19th Fantasia International Film Festival Awards, TAG by Sion Son Wins Best Film

After 23 days of screenings, the 19th Fantasia International Film Festival closed with the World Premiere of ATTACK ON TITAN from Shinji Higuchi, and announced the names of the winners of its awards. The prizes were awarded by the juries of each category.  TAG by Sion Sono (pictured above) took home the Cheval Noir Award for Best Film, along with Award for Best Actress for Reina Triendl, and a Special Mention for its “creative, surprising, and monumental opening kill […]

2015 Fantasia International Film Festival Completes Lineup; Closes with ATTACK ON TITAN!

2015 Fantasia International Film Festival Completes Lineup; Closes with ATTACK ON TITAN!

The 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival rolls into the city of Montreal for its 19th edition from July 14 to August 4, 2015. Hajime Isayama’s steampunk splatter-fantasy war opera ATTACK ON TITAN! has become one of Japanese entertainment’s biggest and most outlandish hits of recent years, at home and abroad. Now the hotly anticipated live-action film bursts furiously from the Fantasia screen, directed by top anime and tokusatsu talent Shinji Higuchi, whose history includes Gamera and Godzilla films, […]

RYUZO AND THE SEVEN HENCHMEN Among Films in 2nd Wave for 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival

RYUZO AND THE SEVEN HENCHMEN Among Films in 2nd Wave for 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival

The international premiere of Takeshi Kitano’s RYUZO AND THE SEVEN HENCHMEN (pictured above) among the films in the second wave of programming announced for 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival.  Coming immediately after his OUTRAGE saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a […]

2015 Fantasia Reveals Poster, First Wave of Films, Opens with MISS HOKUSAI

2015 Fantasia Reveals Poster, First Wave of Films, Opens with MISS HOKUSAI

Fantasia will open its 2015 edition with the North American Premiere of MISS HOKUSAI (pictured above), one of this year’s most hotly anticipated animated films. Katsushika Hokusai is perhaps the most renowned ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) artist, but very few are aware of his talented daughter O-Ei’s influence on his work. Centered on their relationship and the young woman’s rebellious personality, this mix of classical art and pop-culture, based on Hinako Sugiura’s manga Sarusuberi, is masterfully brought to the screen by […]

Fantasia Film Festival Announces First Wave of 2014 Programming; Opens with Canadian premiere of JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN

Fantasia Film Festival Announces First Wave of 2014 Programming; Opens with Canadian premiere of JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN

JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (Jacky au royaume des filles)JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (Jacky au royaume des filles)

The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival starting July 17 until August 5, 2014 unveiled the First Wave announcement of several selected highlights for the upcoming festival. Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (LES BEAUX GOSSES) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm.Set in the Democratic Republic of Bubunne where women lead and men are obligated to wear a veil and serve them, this subversive black comedy follows Jacky (Vincent Lacoste), a one-of-a-kind Cinderella, who wishes to marry the powerful and gorgeous Colonel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), daughter of the country’s leader (Anémone). You don’t think when you’re in love, you push on, and sometimes accidentally set off a coup d’état. The provocative and smart JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN couldn’t be more timely, urgent or funny.

Fantasia Unveils Second Wave of Films for 2014; Closes with North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Fantasia Unveils Second Wave of Films for 2014; Closes with North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK

WELCOME TO NEW YORKWELCOME TO NEW YORK

The Fantasia International Film Festival announced the second wave of films for the 18th edition which runs July 17 to August 5, 2014, in Montreal, Canada.  Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK, NEW ROSE HOTEL and the recently re-released MS 45.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK is loosely based on the DSK scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.