Second Wave of Programming Fantastic Fest Announced
Fantastic Fest, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, announced the second wave of events, special guests and film programming Wednesday.
The big screenings so far are “John Wick,” starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance. “John Wick” concerns a former hitman who is pulled out of retirement when a contract is put out on him Willem Dafoe and Adrianne Palicki (formerly of “Friday Night Lights”) co-star.
The festival will close with the U.S. premiere of wirter/director Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a young man who discovers car-fire-chasing, freelance crime journalism. With Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed.
The Fantastic Debate this year stars Matt Mason, chief content officer for BitTorrent, Inc. who, according to a press release, “is placing an open call to all fighters to tackle the debate of whether BitTorrent.com is a valuable tool for creative artists or a playground for theft.”
The current lineup of films also includes:
The world premiere of Mikkel Nørgaard’s “The Absent One” (Denmark, 2014). “Police investigators dig into the facts of a twenty year old double homicide in a desperate race to find a likely witness before the killers have the chance to silence her forever.”
The world premiere of Matthew Salton’s “Dwarves Kingdom” (United States, 2014): “Some have called The Kingdom of Little People the most offensive theme park in the world. DWARVES KINGDOM takes us inside to meet its performer residents.”
The world premiere of Jason Banker’s “Felt” (United States, 2014): A young artist loses herself in an unpredictable alter ego while attempting to cope with past trauma in this gripping sophomore effort from the creator of “Toad Road.”
“As Seen By the Rest” (India, 2014). ” Mystery abounds in this fractured gangster story from Karnataka, India.”
“Blind” (Norway, 2014): “This debut gem from Eskil Vogt follows Ingrid who, having recently lost her sight, exists only in her apartment with her thoughts as a means of escape…”
“Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead” (Norway-Iceland, 2014): “Lone survivor Martin must enlist help from America to battle Colonel Herzog and his horde in this wild sequel to the original Norwegian Nazi zombie film.”
“Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (Australia, 2014): “Mark Hartley brings his singular documentary style to the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the trailblazers behind exploitation powerhouse studio Cannon Films.”
“Man From Reno” (Japan-United States, 2014): “A Japanese crime novelist in San Francisco tries to unravel a real life murder mystery in this acclaimed neo-noir featuring Takashi Miike regular Kazuki Kitamura.”
“Over Your Dead Body” (Japan, 2014): “This adaptation of a classic ghost story is a powerful return to horror for Takashi Miike.”
Check out fantasticfest.com for the complete list of films.
In other Drafthouse related news, Drafthouse Films will be distributing “The Look Of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequal to his Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Act of Killing,” a film about the Indonesian genocide. “The Look of Silence” also concerns the genocide but apparently from the point of view of the victims rather than the perpetrators, as noted by the Dissolve. The film is playing the Toronto Film Festival and opening next summer. It is hard to imagine it won’t play Austin sometime soon.