Last year’s Fantastic Fest delivered– as it always does– a typically awesome week for film geeks, genre-film enthusiasts, and zombie-loving weirdos. But while Fantastic Fest 2010 dropped a number of great movies on ticketholders, we think that this year’s film lineup is even more impressive: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con: A Fan’s Hope, and Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence are all slated to screen…but that’s far from all the tricks Fantastic Fest has up its sleeve this year. Wanna know what else is playing? Read on to learn more, my gentle Examiner readers…
Fantastic Fest 2011 is just a few short weeks away, and the programmers behind this year’s Festival have finally revealed their full screening schedule. The first wave of films was announced a month or two ago, and a second wave was announced a few weeks back. This last wave of announcements finishes things off, and after looking over all the films that are set to screen at this year’s gathering of film geeks, we have only one question:
How the hell are we going to see everything we want to see?
Just check out this lineup. You’ve got horror, comedy, zombie movies, more than a few movies about hitmen, world premieres, and some of the biggest names in genre entertainment. We thought this year’s SXSW Film Festival had a great lineup; it’s nothing compared to this list. Check out what’s on offer below, and then stay tuned for a separate writeup where we’ll talk about the films we’re most excited about seeing at this year’s Fantastic Fest (note that you can click the title to learn more; we’ve left in the descriptions for the films we’re planning on seeing):
CALIBRE 9 (2011)
Director Jean-Christian Tassy & Producer Axel Guyot live in person
Director: Jean-ChristianTassy, France, 84 minutes
A city planner becomes strangely linked to a gun possessed by the soul of a dead hooker.
THE CORRIDOR (2010)
Director: Evan Kelly, Canada, 100 minutes
Five friends stay in a remote cabin for the weekend and uncover a supernatural anomaly in the woods.
Director: Nacho Vigalando, Spain, 90 minutes
A man wakes in a strange apartment after a long night of drinking. When his unfamiliar bedmate tries to usher him out, they both discover that spaceships are hovering over Madrid.
THE INNKEEPERS (2010)
LET THE BULLETS FLY (2010)
Director: Lars von Trier, Denmark, 130 minutes
The man who brought us Fantastic Fest hit ANTICHRIST creates a very different type of genre film – an incredibly personal science fiction story about the end of the world.
Director: Markus Schleinzer, 96 minutes
Setting the record for the darkest of character studies, Markus Schleinzer’s compelling and surprisingly humorous directorial debut follows five months in the lives of a pedophile and the ten-year-old boy he keeps in the basement.
PASTORELA: A CHRISTMAS PLAY (2011)
Director: Emilio Portes Castro, Mexico, 90 minutes
Fantastic Fest again hosts another untraditional Christmas movie; this time Santa Claus is out and Satan is in. When Chucho (Joaquín Cosio) loses the beloved role of Satan in the town’s Christmas play and tries to reclaim the part, all hell breaks loose and an epic battle between good and evil begins.
Director Adrian Garcia Bogliano and Producer Andrea Quiroz live in person
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano Argentina, 85 minutes
A beautiful young woman is trapped in her apartment with a nervous realtor and an expanding cast of unsettling characters in the latest from the director of COLD SWEAT.
SLEEP TIGHT (2011)
Director Jaume Balagueró live in person
Director: Jaume Balagueró, Spain, 102 minutes
The location is familiar (a vertical shaft Barcelona apartment building) but the story is markedly different in Jaume Balagueros (REC; REC 2) solo feature debut. Lonely doorman Cesar must do whatever is necessary to keep the neighbors from uncovering his dark, disturbing obsession for his favorite resident Clara.
SNOWMAN’S LAND (2011)
THE SQUAD (2011)
Director: Jaime Osorio, Columbia, 107 minutes
Haunted by memories of their last mission, a feuding special ops unit is tasked to uncover the mystery of what happened at a desolate military base in this tense and claustrophobic South American thriller.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 85 minutes
Oscar and Lara have an entirely normal family other than the fact that Oscar runs a haunted house in their basement and Lara speaks with elves.
YOU’RE NEXT (2011)
Director: Adam Wingard, USA, 95 minutes
From the team behind the Fantastic Fest award-winning film A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, YOU’RE NEXT traps a family inside secluded mansion in the middle of nowhere. Outside the home is a group of animal-masked killers who take a stab at making sure none of them leave alive.
But, wait, there’s more!
Comin’ At Ya! 3D (2011) – Real D Presents
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2011)
Director: Panos Cosmatos, USA, 110 minutes
A trance inducing, psychedelic head trip from visionary director Panos Cosmatos, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a sci-fi dystopia sent with love from the Reagan years. Imagine STALKER meets LOGAN’S RUN.
Body Temperature (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Takaomi Ogata, Japan, 72 minutes
Takaomi Ogata’s BODY TEMPERATURE chronicle’s a young man’s love affair with a life-sized sex doll. Think LARS AND THE REAL GIRL but with all the creepiness that story was strangely missing.
Boys on the Run (2010)
Director: Daisuke Miura, Japan, 114 minutes
Based on a manga (surprise), BOYS ON THE RUN’s central courtship starts with a bestiality DVD and ends with a Taxi Driver-style showdown. Guaranteed to warm the heart of the serial masturbator inside all of us.
El Infierno (2010) – Cine Las Americas presents
Director: Luis Estrada, Mexico, 145 minutes
Luis Estrada’s El Infierno (Hell) finds pitch-black dark humor in a peasants rise to power amid the drug-war-torn streets of the Mexican border.
Invasion of Alien Bikini (2011)
House by the Cemetery (1981)
Kill Me Please (2010)
Director Olias Barco live in person
Director: Olias Barco, Belgium, 96 minutes
From the producers of MAN BITIES DOG, KILL ME PLEASE details the day-to-day exploits of one of the world’s foremost assisted suicide clinics. Dark comedy and pathos are as well mixed as Dr. Krueger’s lethal cocktails.
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Director: Julian Gilbey, UK, 98 minutes
This back-to-basics, no-BS modern take on the survival genre features a violent Russian girl in a cage, gun-toting maniacs, and a cat-and-mouse chase across lawless, rural Scotland.
Milocrorze, A Love Story (2011)
New Kids Turbo (2011)
Revenge: A Love Story (2011)
Director: Justin Kurzel, Australia, 120minutes
Justin Kurzel knocks out a stellar debut feature with SNOWTOWN, a dark hypnotic tale of a lower-class youngster who has the misfortune of finding a father figure in John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer.
The Stoker (2010)
Underwater Love (2011)
Director: Shinji Imaoka, Japan, 87 minutes
The simple life of a fish factory worker gets turned upside-down when she falls in love with a legendary Japanese creature in this kinky, musical romp of a pink film lensed by the legendary Christopher Doyle and directed by Fantastic Fest veteran Shinji Imaoka (UNCLE’S PARADISE).
Yakuza Weapon (2011)
Zombie (1979)- Blue Underground Presents
Theatrical Premiere of the 2K digitally restored version
Director: Lucio Fulci, Italy, 92 minutes
Lucio Fulci’s extreme masterpiece of post-Romero corpse mania is back in a gorgeous digital restoration.
And just when you think it’s over…
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (2011)
CARRE BLANC (2011)
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE (2011)
Director: Morgan Spurlock, USA, 88 minutes
The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention.
THE DAY (2011)
Producer Guy Danella and actor Dominic Monaghan live in person!
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA, 90 minutes A group of weary post-apocalyptic survivors find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The house, however, may not be as safe or abandoned as they first assumed.
THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS (2011)
Director Sean Hogan and producer Jen Handorf live in person!
Director: Sean Hogan, UK, 75 minutes
Two hitmen are ordered to assassinate an old associate. While waiting for their target to come home, one shares a story of love lost which brings out the demons – first figuratively, then literally.
ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (2011)
Director: Jose Padillha, Brazil, 116 minutes
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro, dirty cops and corrupt politicians gain notoriety by capitalizing on the vulnerable weak and poor. Two men with polar opposite ends of the political spectrum dedicate their lives to exposing the corruption.
THE HOLDING (2011)
Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 93 minutes
After the sudden departure of her husband, Cassie is struggling to keep the family farm alive. After reluctantly accepting the assistance of a drifter, she realizes he may have more sinister plans in mind.
HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION (2011)
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (2011)
Director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six live in person!
Director: Tom Six, Netherlands, 90 minutes
Tom Six’s follow-up to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FULL SEQUENCE ups that ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. It is sure to be one of the most controversial films of our time.
JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011)
Director Alejandro Brugues and producer Gervasio Iglesias Macias live in person!
Director: Alejandro Brugues, Cuba, 100 minutes
50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is zombies; filthy, flesh-eating zombies.
JULIA X (2011)
KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (2011)
LAST SCREENING (2011)
Director: Laurent Achard, France, 81 minutes
In this stylish, giallo-inflected thriller a strange young man, the single employee of a doomed French repertory cinema, lives a secret life, making regular trips into the night to victimize women and collect a certain body part. As the bloody story progresses we find out why.
Director: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France, 88 minutes
A group of amateur thieves stumble across something very strange and unexpected in this horrific fairy tale from the directors of INSIDE.
THE LOVED ONES (2009)
Director: Sean Byrne, Australia, 84 minutes
Girl likes boy. Girl asks boy to the prom but boy says no. Girl kidnaps boy and holds him hostage. THE LOVED ONES is PRETTY IN PINK meets MISERY, but worse; much, much worse.
Director and writer Steven John Kostanski, co-writer and actor Jeremy Gillespie and actor Andrea Karr live in person!
Director: Steven John Kostanski, Canada, 60 minutes
Part man, part robot, all killing machine! Only the awesome power of the MANBORG can drive the demon hordes back to hell!
POLVORA NEGRA (2011)
Director: Carl Tibbetts, UK, 90 minutes
Martin and Kate’s much needed getaway would be perfect except for power issues… and the guy covered in blood that unexpectedly stumbles onto their lawn.
SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Michael Steiner, Switzerland, 110 minutes
The residents of a small village in the Swiss Alps start to distrust their local police officer after he decides to shelter a mysterious young woman who arrived directly after the death of a priest.
SLEEPLESS NIGHT (2011)
Director: Katsuhito ISHII, Japan, 115 minutes
Ultra-stylish gangster comedy from the director of FUNKY FOREST and THE TASTE OF TEA pits a failed actor against a lethal assassin.
TAKE SHELTER (2011)
Director: Jeff Nichols, USA, 120 minutes
Curtis LaForche is having apocalyptic nightmares which progressively get worse, blending reality with the dream world. As paranoia starts to take a toll, he decides to build a living quarters underground, risking his job security, marriage, and friends.
TWO EYES STARING (2010)
URBAN EXPLORER (2011)
Director: Andy Fetscher, Germany, 100 minutes
Four 20-somethings hire a guide to escort them through a network of tunnels underneath Berlin. Things start to spiral out of control when a member of the group falls, breaking a leg.
THE YELLOW SEA (2011)
YOU SAID WHAT? (2011)
Director Syversen Patrik, producer Kjetil Omberg, producer Terje Stromstad and actor Stig Frode Henriksen live in person!
Director: Patrik Syversen and Nini Bull Robsahm , Norway, 107 minutes
The producers of DEAD SNOW re-imagine Takashi Miike’s AUDITION as a rom-com and make Peter Stormare ride a paper mâché dragon shrieking that he is the King of Darkness.
Wow. That’s a seriously impressive lineup. You can click on any of these titles to learn more about the films themselves, or stay tuned for our exclusive coverage of Fantastic Fest 2011 starting later this month! If you live in Austin and think you’d like to attend this year’s Fantastic Fest, head on over to FantasticFest.com to learn more about picking up a badge: if you’ve never attended one of the Drafthouse’s amazing events, Fantastic Fest is a helluva way to introduce yourself to Austin’s (nay, the world’s) greatest theater chain.
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