Fantasia World Movie Competition Unleashes a Sturdy First Wave of Titles

Thirty-five movies were introduced for this 12 months’s Fantasia Movie Competition, and there’s much more to come back.

Fantasia Movie Competition

Via Rob Hunter · Printed on Would possibly fifth, 2022

It’s been some time since FSR shared the inside track of an upcoming movie pageant — a minor impact of the worldwide pandemic, to make certain, however an impact all of the identical — however that adjustments now. In-person movie fests were doping up once more since remaining 12 months with some, together with Sundance, embracing a hybrid style in the interim. That’s nice information, however the in-person announcement that I, Rob Hunter, have anxiously been anticipating probably the most is focused 2,209 miles northeast of Park Town, UT within the stunning town of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That’s proper. The twenty sixth version of the Fantasia World Movie Competition has introduced their first wave of titles enjoying this 12 months’s fest which runs from July 14th to August third.

The fest is a favourite for a lot of causes, from the wonderful thing about Montreal itself to the folk operating at the back of the scenes to carry the fest to existence, however the best explanation why has were given to be the ordinary choice of movies they pull in combination yearly. All movie gala’s are value your time, however whilst lots of them program motion pictures already destined to play a theater close to you within the weeks or months to come back, Fantasia Movie Competition wrangles world delights that can maximum without a doubt no longer be hitting a multiplex. Lots of them gained’t even land a U.S. free up that means the fest is ceaselessly your simplest likelihood to catch them in any respect let on my own on a large display screen.

Along with international premieres, particular occasions, and different surprises coming our manner, this 12 months’s Fantasia Movie Competition may even characteristic an look by way of John Woo as a part of his Profession Fulfillment Award birthday party. The filmmaker is a legend, from his early days in martial arts cinema (Closing Hurrah for Chivalry) to his bonafide Hong Kong motion classics within the overdue 80s (The Killer) and early 90s (Arduous-Boiled) to his invasion of Hollywood (Face-Off), and he’s earned this award again and again over.

Your entire first wave announcement for Fantasia Movie Competition 2022 is beneath, however I’m going to focus on a couple of first…

Rodrigo Gudiño made his characteristic debut with 2012’s The Closing Will and Testomony of Rosalind Leigh, a shockingly creepy and achieved ghost tale that also delivers chills even on rewatches. He’s in spite of everything again with a brand new film, and it’s simply amongst my maximum expected. The Breach is an adaptation of Nick Cutter’s 2021 novel and follows a drained cop’s investigation right into a frame discovered within the woods. In search of a transformation of tempo? Takashi Miike’s The Mole Track: Ultimate is the realization of a wild, exciting, ridiculous trilogy of flicks about an undercover cop embedded in with the yakuza. The entirety is honest sport in a Miike movie, and we’re right here for it.

We don’t get to look just about sufficient folks horror stories from different international locations, however Legion is right here to modify that with an Argentinian tale involving magic, monsters, and mayhem. It’s reportedly within the vein of early Álex de l. a. Iglesia, so in fact we’re excited. At the extra low-key aspect of items, Tyler Taormina’s Happer’s Comet guarantees a adventure each bit as atmospheric, engrossing, and peculiar as Ham on Rye, which for those who haven’t noticed but will have to be a concern for fanatics of relatively off coming of age motion pictures.

South Korea is at all times a competent supply for style gemstones, and a pair promising entries have landed on this first wave. Subsequent Door sees a person get blackout inebriated simplest to evoke in his neighbor’s space beside a corpse and a pool of blood. A easy premise to make certain, however the ensure of a decent script and a depraved humorousness make it a must-see. At the Line, in the meantime, takes the high-profit annoyance of telephone phishing scams and makes use of it to kick off an intense motion movie. Sure please!


Stay studying for the entire announcement of the thirty-five motion pictures that make up Fantasia Movie Competition’s first wave for 2022!

International Premiere – Exceptional filmmaker Satoshi Miki (Adrift in Tokyo) brings us his newest otherworldly journey. Kato (Ryo Narita, Simply Remembering) is a suffering screenwriter who, in the future when stepping out to shop for pet food, stumbles right into a mysterious comfort retailer the place he discovers he can in finding the rest his middle needs. Satoshi Miki’s Comfort Tale, which used to be pitched on the Frontières Co-Manufacturing Marketplace, comes complete circle with its International Premiere and marks Japan Instances movie critic Mark Schilling’s debut as a screenwriter.

Miki’s gently eccentric sense of humour additional illuminates the pageant’s monitors with the Canadian Premiere of What to Do with the Useless Kaiju?, a sci-fi comedy that brings the Eastern giant-monster style to a human scale. When a humongous creature dies in a river, government make a selection to make use of the rotting carcass as a vacationer enchantment moderately than blank up the possible ecological crisis. This political satire within the spirit of Don’t Glance Up takes a humorous and pertinent take a look at our indifference in opposition to environmental crises. – North American Premiere

International Premiere – Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and J.Ok. Simmons (Whiplash) big name in veteran style journalist, filmmaker, and podcaster Rebekah McKendry’s wickedly humorous, mind-bending mixture of comedy, horror, sci-fi and gloriously indescribable weirdness. In Wonderful, After a breakup, Wes (Kwanten) finally ends up at a far flung leisure forestall and unearths himself locked within the toilet with a mysterious determine talking from an adjoining stall. Quickly Wes realizes he has discovered himself in a nightmare situation extra horrible than he may just ever believe.

International Premiere – Because the founder and president of Rue Morgue Mag, Rodrigo Gudiño has lived a existence immersed within the horror style. After a few years in publishing, he started directing in 2006 and made his debut characteristic, The Closing Will and Testomony of Rosalind Leigh, in 2012. Now, In Fantasia’s twenty sixth 12 months, he’s again with The Breach. This adaptation of Canadian horror creator Nick Cutter’s novel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ian Weir, tells of a mysterious and ugly loss of life within the forests of Northern Ontario and the chaos that follows. Starring Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) and Emily Alatalo (Spare Portions), audiences can be expecting rigidity, quite a lot of prosthetic gore, and a rating by way of Weapons ‘n Roses guitar nice—and the movie’s govt manufacturer— Slash.

International Premiere – Monique (Gabby Beans, Space of Playing cards) leaves her circle of relatives quarantine to assist a pal who’s affected by horrible nightmares – however she learns too overdue that the unhealthy goals are contagious, along side the demon at the back of them.  Award-winning Author/Director Andy Mitton (The Witch within the Window, We Pass On) returns together with his distinctive logo of empathetic supernatural horror. Deeply unhappy, deeply frightening and all-out shocking in its energy to probe collective trauma, The Harbinger bursts with occult creativeness, exploring the anxiousness and disorientation of the previous few years in ways in which simplest Mitton may just.

The dynamic duo of the good Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer) and the bright screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (Too Younger to Die!) carry the adventures of the ostentatious mole Reiji to remarkable ranges when the Machiavellian yakuza extended family he infiltrated tries to import pasta made solely of methamphetamines: speed-a-ronis. The Mole Track: Ultimate masterfully recreates the extravagant universe of Noboru Takahashi’s manga, with endangered kawaii puppets, grimy jokes, larger-than-life characters, and an unforgettable finale. The stellar forged is led by way of Tomas Ikuta (Grasshopper), who outdoes himself with a completely hilarious bodily efficiency. – North American Premiere

International Premiere – George Jones (Ben Corridor, Minari) invitations nation tune celebrity Troyal Brooks (Mickey Reece) out in town in Nashville in 1994 – the evening earlier than George is to be cryogenically frozen. Without delay hilarious and deeply affecting, Nation Gold is the twenty ninth characteristic of Oklahoma indie maverick Mickey Reece (Local weather of the Hunter, Agnes), reuniting the filmmaker with Corridor, who’s by no means been higher. A heartfelt outsider rumination on legacy and what it way to succeed in the age the place one has extra to mirror on than to look ahead to.

International Premiere – Prolific filmmaker Karim Ouelhaj, Méliès d’Or winner for The Frozen Eye (2016), brings us his fourth characteristic and by way of a long way his maximum savage. His sharp exam of societal anguish blends into this genre-adoring movie that no horror devotee would dare omit. Carried by way of the breathtaking efficiency of lead actor Eline Schumacher and her descent into madness, Megalomaniac digs deep into  the sordid true tale of Belgian serial killer, The Butcher of Mons. Megalomaniac is a nightmare of mystical violence anchored within the truth of feminine persecution and gendered abuse.

Nostradamus predicted that the arena would result in 1999, however he royally screwed up. In 2022, Kappei and his fellow doomsday warriors, remoted and educated since their youth, should learn how to reside a “commonplace” existence with nice supernatural powers – however no social abilities in anyway. In his characteristic directorial debut Kappei, Takashi Hirano (manufacturer of Kamikaze Ladies) creates a perfectly whimsical coming-of-age action-comedy with the assistance of screenwriter Yuichi Tokunaga (Fly Me to the Saitama) and a devilishly humorous efficiency from Actor Hideaki Ito (Lesson of the Evil, Tokyo Vice). – North American Premiere

Moloch is the hotly expected characteristic debut from acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Nico van den Verge of collapse. That is his follow-up to his award-winning shorts The Burden (lately being tailored right into a characteristic movie co-produced by way of James Wan and Sam Raimi) and Candy Teeth, either one of which premiered at Fantasia. Soaking wet in creeping dread, Moloch tells the tale of 38-year-old Betriek (Sallie Harmsen, Blade Runner 2049) who lives on the fringe of a peat bathroom within the Northern Netherlands. As inexplicable horrors mount, she progressively turns into satisfied that she is being hunted by way of one thing historic. – World Premiere

Vying for Anime Supremacy! is not any small feat. The anime trade of Japan is gigantic, with 200 new TV displays and two trillion yen in earnings each and every 12 months. Comfortable-spoken but strong-willed anime director Hitomi Saito (Riho Yoshioka) has climbed the ranks, and is now set to direct a chain of her personal. In the meantime, the tricky however undeniably good director Chiharu Oji (Tomoya Nakamura) is gunning for his giant comeback… and there will also be just one number-one! This heartfelt, hilarious and carefully researched comedy-drama displays the combat of constructing it to the highest with out compromising on imaginative and prescient, from director and CG animator Kohei Yoshino. – North American Premiere

Otherworldly demons and magical bloodlines threaten to reshape the arena in Legion, an creative Argentinian folks horror powder keg by way of Fabian Uniqueness (Useless Guy Tells His Personal Story). Whilst evil forces descend on Argentina, humanity’s highest hope, a once-legendary shaman (Germán De Silva, Wild Stories), is confined to an insane asylum, powerless to avert the demonic resurrection. This outlandishly amusing horror/comedy is paying homage to early Álex de l. a. Iglesia, steeped in cultural vibrancy, ritual magic and a cavalcade of creatures. – Canadian Premiere

Chan-woo is on his 5th try to get into the police academy, when his pals make him a peculiar be offering to pay the registration price in trade for only one drink on the bar. The following morning, he wakes up hungover in his loud neighbor’s rental with a corpse mendacity face down in a pool of blood. With a meticulous script that rewards an observant viewer and an impressed comedic efficiency by way of lead actor Oh Dong-min (Kingdom), author/director Yeom Ji-ho’s spectacular first characteristic Subsequent Door delivers an attractive, claustrophobic black comedy paying homage to Sabu’s vintage Monday set in one location. – North American Premiere

International Premiere – A micro-budget flick with a hugely ingenious design and twisted tale, Alex Philipp’s debut characteristic All Jacked Up and Stuffed with Worms is a squirmy travel into the depths of arthouse horror cinema. A cavalcade of upcoming performers, as flamboyant and bold as John Waters’ dreamlanders, carry a vibrating extra to their wormhead characters. Impressed by way of Cassavetes and Hennenlotter, Philips delivers a wriggling, drug-induced creature characteristic nightmare, Trainspotting meets Mind Injury with a touch of Videodrome. Underground filmmaking at its highest for a experience to hell. Change into one with the filth! Realise your complete attainable! Not anything is actual and the entirety is authorized.

International Premiere – An abrasive homegrown genre-adjacent movie that mines West Island alienation for all its value, The Diabetic is the most recent low-fi fiction from Mitchell Stafiej (A, The Satan’s Lure) about how darkish and grimy a determined diabetic’s desolate evening out can flip. Shot in 16mm, edited on VHS, simplest to be transformed again to 16mm, Stafiej crafts a filthy underground movie the likes of which the West Island hasn’t ever noticed.  Co-presented by way of Les Fantastiques weekends du Cinema QC.

Happer’s Comet pulls us in with a muddy cob of corn; a legitimate recorder prolonged out a window; a stalled automotive and rollerblades connected to Converses. As we peek into the overdue evening routines of quite a lot of mysterious characters, time and position creeps in, coalescing round acquainted fragments of Americana. Tyler Taormina follows 2018’s askew coming of age movie Ham on Rye with a foreboding nighttime mosaic; evoking nocturnal loneliness, drifting uncertainty, and a pang of hope within the darkness. – Canadian Premiere

In Topology of Sirens, Cas (Courtney Stephens), an educational and novice musician, strikes into her aunt’s outdated house. The invention of a mysterious hurdy-gurdy activates every other in finding: microcassette tapes nestled within the device, categorized with cryptic symbols and containing summary soundscapes. Cas’ detective tale starts in opposition to the backdrop of a lush California the city populated by way of audiophiles, experimentalists, tinkerers, VJs and creditors. This fantastical, shimmering debut from Jonathan Davies, operates like an ethereal, sun-kissed subversion of conventional L.A. noirs. – Canadian Premiere

In Amanda Kramer’s Please Child Please, newlyweds Suze (Andrea Riseborough, Mandy) and Arthur (Harry Melling, The Queen’s Gambit) are a picture-perfect Beatnik couple. Proud bohemians, they undergo existence with the understanding in their convictions… till they stumble upon the Younger Gentlemen – a leather-clad gang of greasers that terrorizes their group with pocket knives and genderbending tactics. Quickly, our central couple starts wondering their sexuality, and in the end their dating. Co-starring Karl Glusman (Love) and Demi Moore (Ghost). – Canadian Premiere

Sissy St. Claire (Sophie Von Haselberg) has one dream: making it giant! In Give Me Pity! she hosts an extravagant selection display, stuffed with gossip, glamour,  self-importance, and a creeping sense of disillusionment. To best all of it off, a hooded guy lurks within the wings, threatening to close all of it down. Amanda Kramer’s pleasant horror-tinged flinch comedy, is a satirical send-up of American tv, propelled by way of the impressive efficiency at its heart. – North American Premiere

In Simply Remembering, Teruo (Sosuke Ikematsu, Shoplifters), a former dancer, is popping 34. Yo (Sairi Ito, Asako I & II), his ex-lover, makes a dwelling as a cab driving force in a COVID-stricken Tokyo. When she catches a glimpse of her ex on level, recollections flood again in. Impressed by way of Jarmusch’s vintage Evening on Earth, director Daigo Matsui unspools rom-com conventions and fantastically depicts the tactics we assemble relationships and procedure recollections. It’s an ideal fit for the disappointed and depression of those previous few years on Earth. Target audience Award, Tokyo IFF 2021. – North American Premiere

In Speedy & Really feel Love, we meet Kao (Nat Kitcharit), a 30-year-old who has trustworthy his complete existence to the aggressive recreation of… cup stacking! However as maturity looms, his female friend Jay (Urassaya Sperbund) dumps him and he unearths himself at a crossroads. Following Center Assault (Fantasia 2016), Thai iconoclast Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit returns to the pageant together with his first “motion movie.” Quirky and satirical (structured round nods to quite a lot of blockbuster hits, from Speedy & Livid to Parasite) Speedy & Really feel Love is a playful, unexpected comedy about “aggressive adulting!” – Canadian Premiere

Alexandre O. Philippe dissects movie historical past like no different documentarian earlier than him. From Monument Valley’s depiction in westerns in The Taking, to Hitchcock’s bathe scene in 78/52 via Philippe’s lens, each element is explored and expanded upon for a meditation on Cinema itself. In his newest paintings, Lynch/Oz., that includes interviews with movie fetishists reminiscent of John Waters, David Lowery and Rodney Ascher, Philippe leads us via a maze the place the golf green emerald town and blue velvet curtain intertwine. Over the rainbow and beneath the skin, the tale of David Lynch and The Wizard of Oz.. – Canadian Premiere

In Bryan Storkel (Struggle Church) and Amy Bandlien’s new movie The Pez Outlaw, the filmmakers discover the adventures of the World Pez Smuggler Steve Glew. This stranger-than-fiction story of espionage and Wonka-esque whimsy follows the cute underdog who controlled to elude (and royally annoy) the robust company for years and invitations us into the center of the Pez neighborhood: an eclectic band of passionate hobbyists that can really feel all-too-familiar to maximum people pageant goers. Who knew true crime documentaries might be this candy? – World Premiere

Already explored in literature, comics, and documentary movie, the tale of Chun Tae-Il, whose final sacrifice galvanized the labour-rights motion in South Korea, is one that also reverberates part a century later. Director Hong Jun-pyo’s ancient biography Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On honors its topic with emotionally charged storytelling and opulent visible craft, blending tragedy and hope on this South Korean animated characteristic that can enchantment to all age teams. – North American Premiere

A gloomy and monstrous creature turns into the dad or mum of an blameless human kid within the affecting gothic anime fairytale The Woman from the Different Facet, co-directed by way of emerging abilities Yutaro Kubo and Satomi Maiya. The pair world-premiered their quick movie adaptation of Nagabe’s cult manga at Fantasia 2019, and with this option they create the chic, enigmatic story of Shiva and Instructor to the display screen as soon as once more. – Canadian Premiere

Bristling with power and inspiration, Inu-Oh, the brand new characteristic movie from anime radical Masaaki Yuasa (Thoughts Recreation, Devilman Crybaby) is an absolute tour-de-force. Historical Eastern historical past is reimagined as a riotous rock opera, rendered all of the extra feverish and fantastical by way of Yuasa’s storytelling panache and astonishing inventiveness, to not point out Taiyo Matsumoto’s superb personality designs. – Quebec Premiere

A paranormal kingdom is endlessly blessed with existence and abundance, however will have to the princess Opal’s pleasure be misplaced and disappointment grasp her middle, darkness and damage will blight the area. Opal, the second one characteristic movie from Martinique’s Alain Bidard (Battledream Chronicle, 2015), is a luxurious animated fairy story, full of a wealthy Afro-Caribbean sensibility and profound mental undercurrents, and has already scooped up awards at gala’s world wide. – Canadian Premiere

Two teenage assassins regulate to being roommates and seek for menial part-time jobs whilst struggling with a psychopathic yakuza boss and his bratty son and daughter. Child Assassins (made our highest motion of 2021 checklist!) is a double-barrelled blast of action-comedy that groups up level musical big name Akari Takaishi and stuntwoman Ayaori Izawa. – Quebec Premiere

Disgraced and demonetized after a public controversy, a washed up Web persona tries to win again his fans by way of livestreaming himself spending one evening on my own in an deserted haunted space. Sadly, he by accident pisses off a vengeful spirit. Deadstream is a wild, splatstick pass between Evil Useless and probably the most ill-fated livestream possible. Authentic Variety: SXSW 2022. – Canadian Premiere

From the absurd to the heartbreaking, Véronique Jadin’s Worker of the Month covers all of it in her darkly comedic and strangely bloody take a look at sexism in place of work tradition. The forged pulls out all of the stops with its collection of insane and nail-biting moments. Authentic Variety: Tribeca 2022. – Canadian Premiere

Alain and Marie transfer to a quiet suburb. A mysterious tunnel within the cellar in their new house will flip their lives the other way up. Implausible However True is an impressed burst of lunacy from Quentin Dupieux (Mandibles, Deerskin, Unsuitable), starring Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker, Benoît Magimel and Anaïs Demoustier. Authentic Variety: Berlin World Movie Competition 2022. – North American Premiere

Infrequently has an motion movie controlled to generate as a lot pleasure and anxiousness as At the Line, a well timed dive into the maze of voice phishing scams, the place an ex-detective embarks on a deadly challenge to infiltrate and dismantle an enormous cartel of invisible fraudsters. – Canadian Premiere

Rebecca Corridor, Tim Roth and Grace Kaufman big name in Resurrection (my evaluate), a fiercely soaking up paintings of mental horror that explores the twisting feelings of unresolved trauma. You’re going to be surprised. You’re going to be devastated. You’re going to be left frozen in an absolute daze. Authentic Variety: Sundance 2022. – Canadian Premiere

Lena Dunham’s go back to characteristic filmmaking, Sharp Stick, is a good, boundary-pushing comedy of sexual discovery that entertains and surprises with its distinctive tone. Colourful, with a pitch-perfect forged that comes with Kristine Froseth, Taylour Paige, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman and the author/director herself. Authentic Variety: Sundance 2022. – Canadian Premiere

Discuss No Evil (my evaluate), the Danish shocker that pulverized Sundance, is coming to Canada. Equivalent portions good, darkish social satire and a masterclass of dread-building, this singularly squirm-inducing nightmare goes to stick with you for years. Authentic Variety: Göteborg Movie Competition 2022. – Canadian Premiere


Thirty-five characteristic movies is already sufficient for one fest, however Fantasia Movie Competition nonetheless has two extra waves coming — a 2d in early June and a last in overdue June. Get started packing, and take a look at their professional web page for extra main points!

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Movie College Rejects since earlier than you have been born, which is bizarre seeing as he is so rattling younger. He is our Leader Movie Critic and Affiliate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast Information’ as his favourite movie of all time. Be happy to mention hello for those who see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.



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