Thursday, June 04, 2015


Anyone game for available trailers for the First Wave announcements for the 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival (Fantasia)? Montreal's Fantasia runs for three weeks (July 14-August 4, 2015) and—judging from these trailers—promises to be the festival event of the summer!

Ant-Man (U.S., dir. Peyton Reed)—Heroes just don't get any bigger.

Big Match (South Korea, dir. Choi Ho)—Although an English-subtitled trailer is not yet available, this one suffices to teasingly exhibit the exciting high octane action fun of Big Match. From the director of such past Fantasia favorites as Go-Go 70s (2008) and Bloody Tie (2006), Big Match was one of the first movies booked for Fantasia 2015. Canadian Premiere. Official site [Korean]. IMDb.  Wikipedia.

Crumbs (Ethiopia / Spain / Finland, dir. Miguel Llansó)—Canadian Premiere. Official site. IMDb. Facebook.

Deathgasm (New Zealand, dir. Jason Lei Howden)—Canadian Premiere. Official site. IMDb. Wikipedia. Facebook.

The Demolisher (Canada, dir. Gabriel Carrer)—World Premiere. Official site. IMDb. Facebook.

Experimenter (USA, dir. Michael Almereyda)—Canadian Premiere. Official site. IMDb. Wikipedia. Facebook.

Fatal Frame / Gekijô-ban: Zero (Japan, dir. Mari Asato)—Although it lacks English sub-titles, this Japanese trailer suggests the film's atmospherics. North American Premiere. Official site [Japanese]. IMDb. Wikipedia.

Full Strike (Hong Kong, dirs. Derek Kwok, Henri Wong)—Fantasia has been a proud supporter of Hong Kong director Derek Kwok since his debut feature The Pye Dog (Fantasia 2008) and his smash hit Gallants (Fantasia 2010), and they're thrilled to have him back with his new action comedy Full Strike, co-directed with Henri Wong. "Not only is it one of the most entertaining Hong Kong comedies we've seen in a while," they state on their Facebook page, "it's also the best badminton movie ever made, albeit it's also the only one we've ever seen." It's great, silly fun, they assert, and sure to be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of Fantasia 2015. Canadian Premiere. IMDb. Wikipedia.

The Golden Cane Warrior / Pendekar Tongkat Emas (Indonesia, dir. Ifa Isfansyah)—Canadian Premiere. IMDb. Wikipedia. Facebook.

JeruZalem (dirs. Doron Paz, Yoav Paz)—World Premiere. IMDb. Facebook.

La La La At Rock Bottom (Japan, dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita)—Canadian Premiere. Official site [Japanese]. IMDb.

Miss Hokusai (Japan, dir. Keiichi Hara)—North American Premiere. Official Site [Japanese]. IMDb.

Possessed / Pos Eso (Spain, dir. Sam Ortí Martí)—Described on Fantasia's Facebook page as "rude, crude and explosively funny", Possessed (2014) is being billed as "a hilarious Spanish stop-motion parody of The Exorcist by way of Wallace & Grommit meets South Park." Featuring a cast of some of Spain's top comedy talents—including Álex de la Iglesia regular Santiago Segura and filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows, 2014)—Possessed is boasting its Canadian premiere at Fantasia 2015 and is easily one of the craziest films on their slate. Official site. IMDb.

The Visit (Denmark, dir: Michael Madsen)—Quebec Premiere. IMDb.


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