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Entries in Fantasia Film Festival (6)

Wednesday
Aug 08 2018

Bye, Fantasia

byJason Adams

The 2018 edition of theFantasia Film Festivalin Montreal just finished its three-week run on August 2nd,and yours truly covered it here from my perch six hundred whole kilometers away thanks to the wonders of the internet and the great generosity of the fest's programmers.We introduced the fest right here,listing what looked of interest.And now down below here's a round-up of what we eventually reviewed (you can click on the film titles to read each review):

Fleuve Noir-- Vincent Cassel and Romain Duris circle each other suspiciously (with sexy results!) in this off-beat crime-thriller fromJuliadirector Erick Zonca

Knuckleball-- A kid fights off home invaders in a super dark twist onHome Alone

Blue My Mind-- Add mermaid to the list of movie puberty hells getting the updated girlhood spin in this beautifully acted and photographed Swiss flick

Cold Skin-- Lovecraft meets Old-timey Lighthouse Keeper Sweater Porn

Chained For Life-- This movie (within a movie) starring Jess Weixler about our culture of beauty fetishization is a real trip and a half

Cam-- Madeline Brewer fromThe Handmaid's Taleproves she's no one-eyed fluke in this candy-colored Lynchian spin on online sex-work (PSCamjust got picked up for release this fall so stay tuned!)

Wednesday
Jul 25 2018

Fantasia 2018: Fleuve Noir

byJason Adams

There's a real effortfully cool 70s vibe toFleuve Noir(akaBlack Tide),the new crime thriller by Erick Zonca (his first movie since 2008's terrificJuliastarring Tilda Swinton) - if you think Vincent Cassel might at some point sit in a seedy apartment and play some saxophone like he's Gene Hackman inThe Conversationyou wouldn't be straining nearly as hard as the movie is to make you think of that.Cassel,looking like a cigarette that gained sentience and put on an overcoat,plays Commandant Visconti,a detective (but don't call him a detective please!) on the case of a missing teenage boy...

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Tuesday
Jul 24 2018

Fantasia 2018: Cold Skin

byJason Adams

The only child in me always dreams about and delights in films about people who've run away from the world of man to make a go of it by their lonesomes.They're duking it out with their own personal demons in the wilderness,of whatever sort,mano a mano.There's no greater fantasy of this sort than the Lighthouse Keeper.They wear thick-knit sweaters and write in their diaries and stare sadly into the distance at hella stormy seas - it's my fetish writ ten-fold.The old-timier the better - give me strange instruments and dials,knickers and elaborate mustaches,tweed piled to heaven,please and thank you.

Nobody tossed these fantasies into the abyss better than HP Lovecraft andCold Skin,the new Lovecrafitan tale of terror fromFrontier(s)andHitmandirector Xavier Gens (it's actually based on a 2002 book by Albert Sanchez Pinol),is made of that same slippery stuff...

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Saturday
Jul 21 2018

Fantasia 2018: Chained For Life

byJason Adams

Somewhere between Francois Truffaut'sDay For Nightand Tod Browning'sFreaksfallsChained For Life- a rag-tag group of actors (including the ever and always welcome Jess Weixler ofTeethfame) and crew assemble at a hotel turned plastic-surgery spa to shoot a strange little movie,and on the second day a gathering of differently abled persons of the sort that might have long ago populated a circus tent (a little person,a so-called "bearded lady,"a giant,some conjoined twins,and most importantly Adam Pearson,the disfigured actor you oughta recognize fromUnder the Skin) show up to add surreality to the proceedings.

Writer-director Aaron Schimberg is aware that in 2018 you can't get away with othering these people the way you once might have been able to though,so he goes meta about it.The film-within-the-film reveals itself as a Nazi-tinged rip-off of Browning'sFreaksearly on,while the day-to-day movie-shooting is all paper plates at the catering tent and make-up chair confessionals.Only slowly do the two halves begin to bleed together,and in the most unexpected ways at that...

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Thursday
Jul 19 2018

Fantasia 2018: Blue My Mind

byJason Adams

There's a whole lot going on in Mia's life.She's moved to a new town,which means a new school and trying to make new friends.She's just had her first period,and that's got her on edge.Oh and her toes have suddenly grown webbed together,and she's got these strange appetites making themselves known.

Blue My Mindis just the latest in a long line of girls coming of age through sloppy and terrifying means - the lure of exploring budding female sexuality through the prism of the monstrous has always been with us,from Medusa's slithering wig to Simone Simon's poolside purr.What feels different now,with movies like this (written and directed by Lisa Brühlmann) or with Julia Ducournau'sRawlast year,is that it's finally women who are making these movies...

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Wednesday
Jul 11 2018

Fantasia,Straight Ahead

byJason Adams

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 22nd annualFantasia Film Festivalin Montreal,which runs all the way to August 2nd - the fest focuses in on genre films from around the world,with titles ranging from Indonesian Cowboy Epics to Christmas Zombie Musicals to Nicolas Cage.It's got everything a growing nerd might want...and then some things you might not think you want but you'll try them anyway and oh look you've got a new kink now,thanks Fantasia.

I'll be covering the fest both here at TFE andover at MNPP(we covered the festthere last year) over the next couple of weeks.There are some big titles screening likeMandy,the by-all-accounts insane bloodbath starring the aforementioned Cage alongside Andrea Riseborough of all people,andUnder the Silver Lake,It Follows' director David Robert Mitchell's (recently delayed) flick with Andrew Garfield.

After the jump six smaller yet delicious-looking highlights from the fest's epic programming slate that we're hoping to get our beady little eyes on...

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