Fantastic Fest 2013 Announces First Two Waves Of Programming

By August 15, 2013
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FantasticFestPoster2013We are a little bit over a month away from the Fest that is Fantastic. That’s right, Fantastic Fest is right around the damn corner! On July 24th, the first wave of film programming was announced. Unfortunately at that time, I was “AFK” so to speak and didn’t have the chance to throw this wonderful information at your collective eye balls. Since the second wave of film programming was just announced, and because I love hearing the sound of my own text (voice?), I’ve compiled all the information together for you below.

ROUND ONE 

man-of-thai-chiAs with every year, Tim League and company have released a nice variety of genres slated to be screened at the event. In this round, we have Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi. The film is loosely based on the life of stuntman Tiger Chen and follows the story of a highly skilled young martial artist involved in an underground fight club.

Two other titles that stand out to me are Cheap Thrills and Nightbreed – The Cabal Cut. E.L. Katz’ Cheap Thrills recently won the New Flesh Award at Fantasia Fest 2013 and was also picked up by Drafthouse Films and Snoot Entertainment with an intended theatrical and VOD release coming soon. Nightbreed – The Cabal Cut is the highly anticipated new director’s cut of Clive Barker’s classic horror film based on his 1988 novella “Cabal”. Oh, and just typing that right now made my 13 year old self very very giddy! I think I need a moment…

Here’s the entire programming lineup for The First Wave –

BIG BAD WOLVES (Israel, 2013)

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Director- Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales, 110 mins
The directing team behind the 2010 cult smash RABIES return to Fantastic Fest with one of the best genre films of 2013.

BORGMAN (The Netherlands, 2013)

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Director – Alex van Warmerdam, 113 mins
Something wicked this way comes in the form of the ordinary, the polite and the normal as a drifter and his followers invade the home of a bourgeois family.

CHEAP THRILLS (United States, 2013)

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Director – E.L. Katz, 85 mins
A recently fired father facing eviction is paid to take on an escalating series of insane challenges from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor.

COMMANDO – A ONE MAN ARMY (India, 2013)

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Director- Dilip Ghosh, 120min
Singing! Dancing! Extreme violence and goofy one-liners from Bollywood’s answer to Tony Jaa and Marko Zaror! If Cannon Films were to relocate to India, COMMANDO would be the result!

EEGA (India, 2012)

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Director – SriSaila Sri Rajamouli, 107 mins
A murdered man reincarnates as a fly to wreak vengeance on the villain who took his life and his lover. EEGA is an inventive, insane take on a revenge story unlike anything you’ve seen before.

HALLEY (Mexico/The Netherlands, 2013)

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Director – Sebastian Hofmann, 83 mins
Though Beto’s life may technically be over, he allows himself to experience it one last time before his body completely falls apart in this unique and contemplative horror film.

KID’S POLICE (Japan, 2013)

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Director – Yuichi FUKUDA, 100 mins
When evil criminal organization Red Venus strikes, there’s only one team of highly specialized cops who can help. Unfortunately, they’ve been dosed with anti-aging gas that has turned them all into children.

LFO (Sweden/Denmark, 2013)

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Director – Antonio Tublen, 94 mins
A solitary man discovers audio frequencies that open the human mind wide to hypnotic suggestion and, ultimately, his total control in this slyly deadpan dark comedy from Sweden.

MAN OF TAI CHI (United States, 2013)

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Director – Keanu Reeves, 105 mins
Keanu Reeves stars in and directs this epic tale about a young martial artist who must compete in an underground fight club to protect his way of life. As the fights intensify so does his will to survive.

NARCO CULTURA (United States, 2013)

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Director – Shaul Schwarz, 103 mins
NARCO CULTURA is a graphically disturbing documentary that examines the parallels between the Mexican drug war and the increasingly popular musical style of narcocorridos (drug ballads).

NIGHTBREED – THE CABAL CUT (United Kingdom, 2012)

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Directors – Russell Cherrington, 144 mins
NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT is a new director’s cut of Clive Barker’s horror classic that places the film in an entirely different light.

NORTHWEST (Denmark, 2013)

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Director – Michael Noer, 91 mins
A teen hoodlum in Copenhagen becomes entangled in the criminal underworld

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (Germany, 2013)

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Director – Katrin Gebbe, 110 mins
Tore, a member of the counter-culture Christian movement Jesus Freaks, is befriended and taken in by a family who play an increasingly cruel, violent game and push his capacity to love to its limits.

ON THE JOB (Philippines, 2013)

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Director – Erik Matti, 200 min
Corruption abounds in this stylish, Cannes-selected, ripped-from-the-headlines story of prisoners released on a day pass to work as killers. The cops must bring them in, never knowing how far the corruption spreads and who they can trust.

THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD (The Netherlands, 2013)

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Director – Guido van Driel, 89 mins
Adapted from his own graphic novel by first time writer-director Guido van Driel, RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD tells the darkly funny, Coen-esque tale of a career thug caught in an existential crisis.

SHE WOLF  (Argentina, 2013)

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Director – Tamae Garateguy, 92 mins
A sexual predator roams the streets and trains of Buenos Aires, a beautiful woman who uses sex to lure in her victims. A potent, punk rock spin on Euro-sleaze influences in this raw, erotic thriller.

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR  (Canada, 2013)

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Director – Denis Côté, 95 mins
An ex-con named Vic and her lover Flo retreat to a sugar shack in a small Quebec town to start anew. Their attempt to live a normal life slowly and disastrously unravels.

Hey guys, you still with me? Because we’re only halfway through this blog. That’s right, I’m about to hit you in your face place with….

ROUND TWO!

Here we are with the second wave of programming that was announced this week. Stand-outs in the list below are Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, Elijah Wood and John Cusack in Grand Piano and the documentary Tales From The Organ Trade narrated by none other than David Cronenberg!

Let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we? 

A FIELD IN ENGLAND (England, 2013)

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Director – Ben Wheatley, 90 mins
During the British Civil War, when magic was science, an alchemist forces a group of deserters to help him locate buried treasure, and sends them all straight into the mouth of madness.

AFFLICTED (Canada, 2013)

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Director – Clif Prowse, 85 mins
Derek and Clif, best friends documenting their journey across the world, are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes down with a sinister sickness.

ALMOST HUMAN (USA, 2013)

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Director – Joe Begos, 80 mins
A man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances returns to wreak havoc upon a small town.

BLUE RUIN (USA, 2013)

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Director – Jeremy Sauliner, 90 mins
A homeless man aims to avenge his dead parents when their killer is released from prison, triggering a chain of events that will only end in more blood.

COHERENCE (USA, 2013)

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Director – James Ward Byrkit, 127 mins
On the night a comet is passing near Earth, a dinner party takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.

THE CONGRESS (Israel, Germany, 2013)

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Director – Ari Folman, 122 mins
Robin Wright (playing herself) receives the last offer she’ll ever get from a Hollywood studio in Ari Folman’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s classic scifi novel, and his follow-up to WALTZ WITH BASHIR.

GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG (Israel, 2013)

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Director – Oren Carmi, 91 mins
A psychopath develops a dangerous obsession with a schlubby computer programmer.

GRAND PIANO (Spain, 2013)

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Director – Eugenio Mira, 90 mins
A renowned concert pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage for one final performance, only to become the target of a sadistic cat-and-mouse game with a faceless sniper (John Cusack).

HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (Japan, 2013)

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Director – Yuichi FUKUDA, 105 mins
A new hero has arisen in Japan: One with fishnet stockings, a mankini, and a pair of women’s panties over his face. When conventional justice fails, make way for the Hentai Kamen.

MARUYAMA THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER (Japan, 2013)

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Director – Kankuro Kudo, 119 mins
A middle school student prone to wild daydreams devotes his waking hours to stretching and flexibility exercises with the ultimate goal of one day being able to lick his own penis.

MIRAGE MEN (United Kingdom, 2013)

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Director – John Lundberg, 85 mins
A mind-scrambling documentary that posits that popular myths about the existence of UFOs originated from a disinformation campaign by the U.S. government.

O’APOSTOLO (Spain, 2013)

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Director – Fernando Cortizo, 87 mins
Gothic legends are brought to life by gorgeous stop-motion animation in this adult fantasy film from Spain.

OUR HEROES DIED TONIGHT (France, 2013)

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Director – David Perrault, 94 mins
Freshly returned home from a stint in the French Foreign Legion, Victor finds work as a reluctantly villainous masked wrestler in this marvelously crafted ode to film noir from first-time director David Perrault.

PATRICK (Australia, 2013)

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Director – Mark Hartley, 95 mins
Nurse Kathy Jaquard didn’t expect a lot of trouble on the coma ward but she gets more than she can handle when she meets the telekinetic Patrick in Mark Hartley’s remake of the Ozsploitation classic.

PROXY (USA, 2013)

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Director – Zack Parker, 120 mins
American director Zack Parker delivers an unexpected, nasty little thriller about a woman whose life spins out of control following an attack on her unborn child.

SEPTIC MAN (Canada, 2013)

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Director – Jesse Thomas Cook, 83 mins
An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his town’s sewage treatment plant.

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE (Canada, 2013)

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Director – Ric Bienstock, 82 mins
David Cronenberg narrates this fascinating documentary about the secret world of international organ trafficking.

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL (Japan, 2013)

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Director – Sion Sono, 126 mins
Things get insanely bloody when an inspiring film troupe known as The Fuck Bombers collide with a yakuza boss who wants to make a movie with his daughter, in Fantastic Fest veteran Sion Sono’s (LOVE EXPOSURE; SUICIDE CLUB) latest.

WITCHING & BITCHING (Spain, 2013)

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Director – Alex de la Iglesia, 120 mins
Hit Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS) returns to Fantastic Fest with a hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.

That’s the last of it for now. For your time and trouble, I now submit this lovely bumper from last year’s event for your enjoyment –

http://youtu.be/KkUwKLzIGZA

The ninth edition of Fantastic Fest takes place September 19 – 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas. Be sure to keep up with the latest news by visiting the Fantastic Fest official site  as well as following them on Facebook & Twitter!

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