A pretty spectacular line-up has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival which is set to run from 14th July- 3rd August 2016 in Montreal. The festival prides itself on its showcase of unique and imaginative cinema from around the world and, this year, there are features from Germany; including Agonie from director David Clay Diaz, France; with the fantasy drama Amen, Japan’s The Inerasable from director Yoshihiro Nakamura, India; with the crime-thriller Psycho Raman from director Anurag Kashyap and Canada itself with the experimental short film Hyperlapse Montreal.
Fantasia also has a variety of genre films from female directors that include Jacqueline Castel’s short The Puppet Man, Claire Carre’s sci-fi drama Embers and Leah Johnston’s Ingrid and the Black Hole which hails from Canada.
To celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary there is also a special screening of the late Rene Cardona’s Santo Contre le Tresor de Dracula which stars Rudolfo Guzman as the iconic El Santo. 1984’s The Toxic Avenger from Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman and the classic Jumborg Ace and Giant will, also, feature at this year’s festival.
A few of the films that we are most excited to see screen our Jom Hoksiing’s bizarre The Greasy Strangler, In a Valley of Violence from Ti West, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s tense thriller Creepy and Irene Taylor Bridsky’s Beware The Slenderman. Mike Flanagan’s next horror endeavour Before I Wake, Tim Reis’ Bad Blood and Jeff Maher’s Bed of the Dead are also featuring at the festival, so it’s one hell of a line-up.
With animations, short films and some of the most anticipated horror films of the year, Fantasia 2016 is looking as strong as ever.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)