21st EDITION – JULY 13-AUGUST 2, 2017 — 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.
As the festival gets started we want to highlight some of this years must see films.
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan
Screening July 15th
A home invasion movie where North America is the home, and the invaders are the United States Army, Mohawk is a breathless, no-holds-barred action-horror hybrid representing the second team-up between director Ted Geoghegan, producer Travis Stevens, and cinematographer Karim Hussain after their award-winning hit horror film, We Are Still Here (2015). Unfolding over the course of one blood-soaked day during the War of 1812, Mohawk stars Kaniehtiio Horn (Hemlock Grove), Justin Rain (Defiance), and Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks 2017) as three young who, tired of witnessing the decimation of the Mohawk people, set fire to an American camp. Little do they realize, however, that a ragged band of vengeful soldiers have escaped the blaze and are consumed with revenge.
This is hands down my most highly anticipated film at this years FANTASIA.
Directed By: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead
Screening Aug 1st
Following their acclaimed debut RESOLUTION and their follow-up, the Lovecraftianmodern cult classic SPRING, writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as brothers who receive a mysterious message inspiring them to pay a visit to the cult they escaped as children. As unsettling events and phenomena begin to occur, the brothers are forced to question whether the cult’s supernatural beliefs might not be entirely made up -and if, now that they’ve returned, they’ll be allowed to leave again.
This is simply a great film.
Directed By: Kasra Farahani
Screening July 13th
All seems normal with Joseph and Joanne. Joanne is pregnant with their first child. Life in their little urban house is cozy and familiar. But something is off about Joseph. He doesn’t seem excited about the baby. Work on his documentary is becoming increasingly untethered. As Joseph struggles to maintain the routines of his domestic life, his mask begins to slip. Late at night, while Joanne thinks he is working, Joseph prowls the streets of Los Angeles, deliberately courting danger. Joanne is growing worried about Joseph’s odd behavior. But not as worried as she should be. Tilt explores how quickly the most familiar person in your life can become the most terrifying. How quickly we can become terrifying to ourselves.
A heartbreaking and unnerving examination of a man unraveling. This film acts as a perfect companion piece to Joel Schumacher's FALLING DOWN.
You can find Part 2 of our Fantasia 2017 preview here.