Frontières 2015: Works-In-Progress Features Werefrogs, Crabs, The Apocalypse And A Woman In A Shower

The Works-In-Progress series at Frontières is always a good time because these are the films that are coming down the pipe in the not too distant future. These are the films to keep an eye out for in the coming year... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Frontières 2015: Takeaways From This Year's Pitch Sessions

There were a lot of great ideas presented at this year's Pitch Sessions during the opening day of the Frontières International Co-Production Market. It was a full morning of nineteen presentations from filmmakers both local and international. Unfortunately for Serbian filmmaker... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE INTERIOR Exquisitely Balances Comedy And Horror

Somewhere up there in heaven (or hell) Samuel Beckett and Henry David Thoreau are tipping their coffee cups towards Trevor Juras' The Interior. For a first feature, this film is not only fully realized and confident, but has a deep understanding... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Toronto 2015: First Wave Of Films Arrive, Vallée's DEMOLITION To Open

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner (September 10 - 20), so with that our first wave of films arrives today. Leading the pack in Galas is Jean-Marc Vallée's latest Demolition, with screening spots for Ridley... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2015: BEHAVIOR Takes Top Prize

Tokyo's Skip City International D-Cinema Festival wrapped up over the weekend, announcing prizes across its three main categories; Feature Length, Shorts and Animation. The festival, now in its 12th year, focuses solely on works shot and produced digitally with the... More »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE DARK BELOW Will Make Your Blood Run Cold

Here's a new kind of chiller, for real. The Dark Below, which screened for the first time ever at Fantasia 2015, features a woman trapped in a frozen lake for nearly the whole length of the film. It was shot... More »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHE WHO MUST BURN Scorches The Hubris of Human Behavior

The miracle of She Who Must Burn, a film perhaps most efficiently described as Red State for grown-ups, is that it offers three well worn elements - scripture quoting after committing an abhorrent act of violence (and the Ezekiel quote... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CHERRY TREE Yields Rotten Pits

The mantra "Death is only the beginning," is repeated throughout Irish occult horror Cherry Tree by the coven of witches who have infiltrated a small-town high school. Their sexy long tressed leader wears a guise as the girl's field hockey... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Watch Now: Trevor Juras' Short Film THE LAMP, Buckle Up For A Bumpy Ride

Trevor Juras' debut feature film The Interior premieres at the Fantasia International Film Festival tonight. As a taste offering of his work, Juras has put his award-winning short film The Lamp on Vimeo (it is embedded below) for public viewing.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE NINJA WAR OF TORAGAKE, Not What You Expect From Nishimura

Torakage is a retired ninja. Out of the profession for six years now he lives with his wife, also a former ninja, and son. He is forced back into action when two warring ninja clans are looking for a buried... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2015: HEIR Trailer Teases Something Awfully Horrible

Richard Powell's Heir will screen at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada tomorrow, and the first teaser suggests that something awfully horrible will be unfolding. Powell and his team have previously made Worm, Familiar, Remote, and The Last... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: MISS HOKUSAI, Full Of Life And Spirit

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic. Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

BiFan 2015: PORT OF CALL Sails Away With Top Award

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) will end this evening but awards were already handed out on Friday night during the closing ceremony. This year's Bucheon Choice winner was Hong Kong drama-thriller Port of Call by Philip Yung,... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: The Horror And The Heartbreak Around Possession In ANGUISH

Sonny Mallhi's directorial debut Anguish opens with Lucinda and her mom driving home. The conversation is strained, as conversations with budding teenagers tend to do be. Shockingly, it is a conversation which comes to a tragic and sudden end. We... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Frontières 2015: Raven Banner Enters The Ring With Gigi Saul Gurrero's EL GIGANTE

Well. That was quick. Gigi Saul Gerrero and her team from Luchagore Productiongs only made their pitch at the Frontières International Co-Production Market yesterday morning here at Fantasia. They have agreed to work with Raven Banner Entertainment on her feature film,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CASH ONLY, Both Sharp And Vulnerable

What is colder, Albanian hell or Detroit in winter? Elvis Martini sits rather uncomfortably in the middle of both over the course of a few days where his world spirals out of control. He has the courts breathing down his neck... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015: The Candyman Is Coming For TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE

Terrific news for horror fans attending the Fantasia Int'l Film Festival next week. It is going to start off oh so right on Monday, July 27th with the first international performance of Tales from Beyond the Pale. And the The Candyman,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Kudoh Youki Talks Working With Jim Jarmusch And THIS COUNTRY'S SKY

From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: SEOUL SEARCHING, An Identity Play On The Hughes Comedy

In 2015, it seems Americans cannot escape the politics of identity. From Caitlyn Jenner to the wage gap to even Rachel Dolezal's complicated and troubling relationship to the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER, each week seems to bring some new story asking Americans:... More »
  
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