Fantasia 2018’s Second Title Wave Confirms Montreal Is the Place to Be Next Month

Multiple award-winning director Baek Seung-bin brings us to end ofthe world with a smile in the omnibus styled intimist South Korean apocalyptic dramedy I HAVE A DATE WITH SPRING(North American Premiere). Different characters, all with distinct personalities, commemorate their birthday the day prior to the end of the world, conference unusual individuals in surreal scenarios in this really unique gem of a movie that debuted at 2018's International Movie Festival Rotterdam.SONNY MALLHI PARTNERS WITHBLUMHOUSE TO BRING YOU A SPECIAL KIND OF HURT (Opening Night )The world first foundSonny Mallhi's poignant style of character-driven scary storytelling with 2015's ANGUISH( a Fantasia World Premiere). Earlier this year, his second feature , the vampiric drug dependency chiller HOUSEHOLD BLOOD debuted on Netlfix. And now, Sonny Mallhi has actually teamed with Blumhouse for his 3rd function, HURT, in which the collective psychosis of American culture is an inevitable horror film and a waking nightmare. Its story honors masked mascots of worry such as Jason, Freddy, and Michael ... but checks out those who helplessly use a mask of normalcy while frantically fighting the distressing beasts within.GET HAZED TO HELL AT THE OPENING NIGHT OF PLEDGE It's not getting into an unique fraternity that 3 geeky college freshmen need tofret about, it's getting out-- alive! Boasting amazingly well-rounded

characters, capitivating performances, a wicked streak of black humour, and a desperate scenario that emerges into sickening violence, in lots of ways Daniel Robbins'PROMISE(World Premiere)is an intense, acceptance-themed companion film to Jeremy Saulnier's likewise gasp-inducing GREEN ROOM. Rats, abuse, knife fights, and vodka shots-- who's prepared to pledge?WRITER/ DIRECTOR LEE CHANG-HEE WILL LEAVE YOU OUT OF BREATH WITH THE VANISHED( North American Premiere)In this clockwork thriller, absolutely nothing is exactly what it appears-- not even a corpse. THE DISAPPEARED(North American Premiere)is apiece of classic cinematic building and construction right from the Golden era of Hollywood, polished to a sleek contemporary

shine, South Korean-style. Without an ounce of padding, this is modern suspense in gothicdrag, filled with old-fashioned brio, dolly zooms, a ticking clock, entitled murderers, and cruel ghosts.CAMERA LUCIDA UNVEILS 2 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES: TADASHI NAGAYAMA'S BEING NATURAL AND AARON SCHIMBERG'S CHAINED FOR LIFE!.?.!! The Camera Lucida section, dedicated to experimental, boundary-pushing and auteur-driven deal with the borders of category movie theater, unveils 2 significant International premieres!Taka(SAUDADE's Yota Kawase )is a bong-playing, turtle-loving saint. When a hypocritical couple from Tokyo moves into town, intent on opening a health-conscious,

environmentally friendly coffeehouse at all costs, the man's peaceful presence is shattered to pieces. Tadashi Nagayama's second feature, BEING NATURAL, is a total discovery; an unexpected and eccentric satirical rural funny, with a dash of the unreasonable and the supernatural! A special intro to among Japanese cinema's most appealing brand-new auteurs!The beautiful Mabel(TEETH's Jess Weixler)admits to being pushed outside of her comfort zone on the set of a foreign auteur's shlocky English-language scary filmdebut. Playing the function of a blind woman, she quickly satisfies her handicapped co-star Rosenthal( UNDER THE SKIN and DRIB's Adam Pearson) and soon, the limits between fiction, reality, exploitation, and fair representation become blurred. GO DOWN DEATH's Aaron Schimberg goes back to Fantasia with CHAINED FOR LIFE, a reflexive and surreal black comedy about life on set-- casting an important eye on cinematic representations of special needs and distinction, from ELEPHANT MALE to FREAKS and beyond.The full Electronic camera Lucida lineup will be revealed on. FANTASIA 2018'S ACTION! SECTION REVEALS BUYBUST, CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES, AND LÔI BÁO Committed to discovering the world's best undiscovered actionmovies, Fantasia's Action! Section, now in its seventh year, is happy to reveal 3 brand-new titles and one extraordinary retrospective film. Following the area ending up being competitive in 2017, Action! is now happy to present its debut Action! Accomplishment Award, which will be bestowed on U.S. martial arts legendCynthia Rothrock. For the occasion, Fantasia will provide a 35mm print of the 1989 Hong Kong classic THE BLONDE FURY with star Rothrock in attendance.Four years after seducing

Fantasia audiences with his brief movie RAGING BALLS OF STEEL JUSTICE, Michael Mort will go back to the celebration with his animated function launching, CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES( North American Premiere), hot off its World Premiere at Annecy. Chuck Steel is a maverick, renegade, loose cannon, lone wolf, cop-on-the-edge who does not play by the guidelines. He's the very best goddamn man on the force and, as soon as again, Los Angeles requires him to conserve the city from an army of Trampires-- an altered hybrid of vampire and hobo.With LÔI BÁO(North American Premiere), Vietnam has officially leapt on the wave of superhero films in a really big method. Without a single cape or hero clad in spandex, Victor Vu's clever analysis of exactly what it indicates to be a superhero brings a hugely special vision to the genre, as a male on the receivingend of a head transplant finds himself unexpectedly approved a seemingly limitless supply of superhuman capabilities. With LÔI BÁO, Vietnam has developed a world of extremely unlikely superheroes-- and villains-- like no other.Five years after the remarkable ON THE JOB, director Erik Matti goes back to Fantasia with the Canadian Best of BUYBUST, one of the

most action-packed films ever to come out of the Philippines. Here he writes, produces, and directs a genuinely one-of-a-kind actioner about a novice female police who discovers herself in hot water with an anti-narcotics squad. Starring Filipino superstar Anne Curtis, over 1200 additionals, and featuring an incredible 300 stuntmen and women, BUYBUST is packed with incredible gunplay, nonstop hand-to-hand fight, and a nearly-uncountable variety of people being stabbed in the face. Since 2017, all titles selected in the Action! Section are eligible for Fantasia's Best Action Movie Award, awarded

by a jury composed of Quebec director Alain Desrochers(BON POLICE OFFICER BAD POLICE 2), actor/stuntman Alain Moussi( KICKBOXER: REVENGE ), and filmmaking duo Sebastien Landry and Laurence Morais-Lagace(VIDEO GAME OF DEATH). MAJOR ANIME PREMIERES ARAGNE: SIGN OF VERMILLION AND PENGUIN HIGHWAY DEAL THE OMINOUS, NOSTALGIC, AND SURREAL!Fantasia's Axis section is delighted to reveal 2 more anime titles in its lineup, each a major premiere.Something sinister is manifesting itself-- something at the cursed crossroads of mythology, monstrosity, and medical science-- in Saku Sakamoto's ARAGNE: INDICATION OF VERMILLION, a potent new slash of independent, high-standard scary anime from Japan making its World Best at Fantasia this summer.One unforgettable summertime, a precocious schoolboy competes witha crush on an older woman and an odd penguin invasion in the emotional, surreal sci-fi anime PENGUIN HIGHWAY (International Premiere). The first function from Japanese director Hiroyasu Ishida, developer of the 2009 indie online sensation FUMIKO'S CONFESSION, and his associates at Studio Colorido, PENGUIN HIGHWAY is a delight for the mind, eye, and heart.FANTASIA UNDERGROUND'S INFLUENCED

2018 LINEUP REVEALED!Fantasia's section devoted to bold, ultra-independent, outsider works returns with a captivating, counter-cultural teenager film made by a twenty-year-old girl who cut classes to shoot it, a single-take Japanese zombie oddity, a genuinely shocking and surprising black comedy/crime thriller from Colorado, and a Mexican-Canadian action siege attack that's most likely the bloodiest coming-of-age movie ever made.Described at the most recent Berlinale as the"distant cousin of Louis Malle's ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO crossed with the DIY spirit of punk Japanese movie theater from the 1980s(Tsukamoto, Sogo Ishii, and co.), something's for sure: twenty-year-old Yoko Yamanaka's AMIKO(North American Premiere )will instantly charm you with its gleeful irreverence, and its crystalline, sour-sweet candied confection of extreme feelings, forged in the fiery pits of teenage years, and successfully turning the schoolgirl into a counter-culture icon.Let's betruthful-- a low-budget zombie movie shot in one take about a movie crew

shootinga low-budget zombie film in one take sounds bad. Include that the indie movie crew stumbles throughout real-life zombies and Shunichiro Ueda's launching, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD(Canadian Premiere) sounds even worse. And you couldn't be more incorrect. This indie marvel isn't a just zombie motion picture or perhaps a one-take stunt. Rather, it's Japan's smartest funny of the year: a touching father-daughter story, a tale about the value of determination, and a meta puzzle-box that cleverly unpacks itself onscreen, one severed limb at a time. Select your rotting jaw up off the floor, because this is pure horror-comedy gold in the vein of SHAUN OF THE DEAD.A neurotic, shyyoungmilitary veteran forces himself to go to a party to fulfill new people and finds himself plunged into an unusual criminal underworld of sex and blood in Drew Barnhardt's utterly mad RONDO (Opening Night). An exuberantly seedy, fanatically well-directed gonzo thriller that's amusing in the darkest methods, RONDO's violent twists and truly unpleasant moments will leave you out of breath from gasping, laughing, and screaming-- perhaps at the exact same time. Unusually reminiscent of CRIMEWAVE-era John Paizs by way of De Palma, this is a squirm-inducing, unique exploitation quirk that even the most brazen audiences will never ever be able to unsee.Award-winning Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero showers the screen with ferocity in her scorching web series LA QUINCEAÑERA (Canadian Best), in which a girl's fifteenth birthday party ends up being a demented, blood-fuelled journey of vengeance when the cartel reveals up to attack her family members. This ultra-violent tribute to the strength of females and the power of family might be the bloodiest coming-of-age tale

ever told.2018 DOCUMENTARIES FROM THE EDGE LINEUP REVEALED!Fantasia's display of engaging documentary works returns with a trio of docs coming from Quebec, China, and the USA.Jailed for comics ?! The amazing true story of the only U.S. artist convicted of profanity is explored in the chilling and mesmerizing BOILED ANGELS: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA(International Best), directed by the famous Frank Henenlotter(BASKET CASE, BAD BIOLOGY)and narrated by Dead Kennedys'Jello Biafra, neither of whom are strangers to censorship struggles themselves. The fanatically well-researched doc features Neil Gaiman, Stephen Bissette, Peter Bagge, and Diana himself, together with the case's examining officers, prosecution, defense, as well as members of the

regional Florida press who at first reported on the circumstance. This really thoughtful account won a well-deserved Audience Award at NYC's What The Fest!? and need to be thought about required seeing for anyone from another location thinking about confrontational art or stories of overreaching law enforcement.Marginally-talented web personalities escalate to popularity in Hao Wu's intriguing, dystopian documentary INDIVIDUALS'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE (Quebec Premiere ), where hordes of dedicated fans tune in to discover convenience in virtual relationships through live streaming. A Grand Jury Prize-winner at SXSW, the film tracks China's
emergentbreed of off-the-rails celebrity-making obsession, and the effect of plunging into the virtual to please genuine human needs

. Fantasia's screening will be a co-presentation with the RIDM.Shot over a period of 3 years, Jean-Simon Chartier's PLAYING HARD(Quebec Best)offers us a stretching behind-the-scenes window into the drama, stress, and compromises behind the production of a blockbuster Ubisoft video game, and the grueling personal tolls the procedure can take on its creators, both in regards to fractured relationships and psychological suffering. A gripping film that met major recognition at its current Hot Docs launch.We're just four weeks away now from among the year's finest movie festivals, and we are getting antsy. The fest's very first wave of titles was revealed last month and already uses sufficient terrific-looking movies to make any genre fan overjoyed, and now wave two has hit.Twenty-three years after Rusty Cundieff's groundbreaking and enjoyable as hell scary anthology movie Tales from the Hood hit screens he's back with a sequel produced by Spike Lee. Another opening night we're delighted about is the strangely titled however absolutely bonkers sounding The Guy Who Killed Hitler then the Bigfoot starring theexcellent Sam Elliott in the title function. One of my most expected is the new South Korean action romp The Witch which comes from the author of I Saw the Devil and director of New World. I could go on as this year's fest seems ridiculously fantastic (as typical), but I'll let the official announcement below speak for itself.Keep reading for an appearance at Fantasia Fest's second wave of titles playing this year, and start getting excited.TRIPPING THE FOG FANTASTIQUE:DANIEL ROBY'S DANS LA BRUME IS FANTASIA 2018'S OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT FILM Fantasia is happy to reveal that the festival's 22nd edition will open with the North American Best of DANS LA BRUME ("Simply a Breath Away" ), a massive genre co-production in between France and Canada, directed by renowned Quebec filmmaker Daniel Roby (LOUIS CYR, WHITE SKIN), starring Romain Duris(STATE OF MIND INDIGO), Olga Kurylenko(QUANTUM OF SOLACE ), and Fantine Harduin (HAPPY END ). Paris is struck by an earthquake, then filled with a mysterious poisonous gas that seems to come from below ground. A household attempts to make it through the enormous disaster, however first ... they will need to face the fog.YOU'LL BE KNEE-DEEP IN THE WORLD BEST OF RUSTY CUNDIEFF AND DARIN SCOTT'S TALES FROM THE HOOD 2 Fantasia is proud to present the

highly-anticipated opening night of Universal 1440 Entertainment's TALES FROM THE HOOD 2. The follow up to the groundbreaking original movie TALES FROM THE HOOD reunites Executive Manufacturer Spike Lee and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott for an all-new gripping, scary, and often devilishly funny anthology. This next installment will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, as they course through a number of stories that explore socially relevant subjects from the past and present.WORLD PREMIERIN' SATOSHI MIKI'S LOUDER! CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SINGIN', WIMP!After a five-year hiatus from feature-filmmaking following 2013's IT'S ME, IT'S ME, Fantasia preferred Satoshi Miki is back with LOUDER! CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SINGIN', WIMP! An explosive musical with energy to extra, Miki's normally eccentric, unusual characters, lavish coiffures and classic costumes are back

, colliding here with a renewed sense of energy and chaos, as the charismatic Sin(THEAPOLOGY KING'S Sadao Abe ), a rock musician with a superhuman, steroid-enhanced voice, meets the shy Fuka(AKEGARASU'S Riho Yoshioka ), a gifted busker with a whisper peaceful design. With a diverse soundtrack oscillating from J-pop to metal to clerical music, with contributions from TOO YOUNG TO DIE!'s Kankuro Kudo, Hyde from L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel, and comedian Abe himself, this is the rock 'n' roll feel-good-movie for the ages!SAM ELLIOTT IS THE GUY WHO KILLED HITLER And After That THE BIGFOOT (Opening Night) Sam Elliott stars as a famous The second world war veteran who several years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler-- an unbelievable secret that he's frustratingly not able to show the world. One day, simply as he's pertaining to terms with rounding

out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and RCMP. They require him to get Bigfoot. A marvelous feature launching from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski, including visual effects by popular two-time Academy Award Winner Douglas Trumbull (2001: An AREA ODYSSEY, BLADE RUNNER), who also co-produced together with the fantastic John Sayles and Lucky McKee. A fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age and a singular blast of amusing wit, THE GUY WHO ELIMINATED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT(Opening Night ) likewise stars Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, and Ron Livingston.PREPARE TO BE SPELLBOUND BY THE INTERNATIONAL BESTS OF THE BLOODY ACTION-FANTASY THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION A nefarious agency has actually been genetically engineering kids. Among the telekinetic kids escapes and goes into concealing with an adopted family. Ten years later, she appears on a skill program, where

she's found by the bad men and ends up being victim for both her peers and a hit squad. Writer/Director Park Hoon-jung, who composed the savage I SAW THE DEVIL, is backwith THE WITCH: PART 1. THE SUBVERSION. Nothing will prepare you for the fusion of over-the-top sci-fi delights, surprising twists and a climactic bloodbath that will leave you gasping. After THE VILLAINESS, South Korea has a brand-new woman in town( Kim Da-mi)to kick butts and offer action fans what they always dreamed of.FANTASIA'S LAUNCHING ACTION! ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD GOES TO THE FAMOUS CYNTHIA ROTHROCK Fantasia will bestow its first-ever Action! Accomplishment Award upon U.S. professional athlete and action legend Cynthia Rothrock, an unstoppable action starlet who inspired a generation of martial artists and kicked open doors for women in the male-dominated action industry. Her skills, courage, and determination-- in addition to black belts in 7 separate martial arts-- led the way for today's action starlets such as Charlize Theron, Gina Carano, and Milla Jovovich.Rothrock-- or Law Fu Lok, as she was understood to countless Hong Kong cinephiles-- was a five-time World Champ prior to ending up being the very first western actor to heading a Hong Kong action movie with 1989's THE BLONDE FURY. A member of Black Belt Publication's Hall of Fame and the motivation for the Mortal Kombat character Sonya Blade, Rothrock would go on to star in over thirty martial arts movies and inspire a generation. Fantasia is deeply honored to bestow their debut Action! Achievement Award to the remarkable Cynthia Rothrock, a true leader on the planets of martial arts and action cinema.LOOK NO FURTHER THAN FANTASIA FOR THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF SEARCHING Fantasia is happy to be showcasing the Canadian Best of Aneesh Chaganty's Sundance smash SEARCHING, produced by Timur Bekmambetov(working with Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian, and Adam Sidman )in his ingenious" screenlife"storytelling method that brilliantly catches the method we engage online.

After David Kim (John Cho)'s sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing out on, a regional examination is opened and an investigator is designated to

the case. 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has actually looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop computer. In a hyper-modern thriller told through the innovation gadgets we use every day to interact, David needs to trace his child's digital footprints before she disappears forever.DENNISON RAMALHO'S SPECTRAL MORGUE UNLEASHES AN WICKED AMONG THE LIVING (Opening Night)Brazilian Writer/Director Dennison Ramalho quickly captured the hearts and nightmares of legions with his brilliant shorts LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY (2003 )and NINJAS (2011), in addition to scripting José Mojica Marins' well known Casket Joe resurgence PERSONIFICATION OF EVIL (2008). His entry in FUNDAMENTALS OF DEATH 2 (2014) further cemented the filmmaker as a hellishly original talent to see in world scary movie theater. Fantasia will happily be bringing Brazil's

subterranean maestro of the macabre back to Montreal for the World Best of his long-awaited feature launching, AMONGST THE LIVING, a film teeming with monstrous creativity and otherworldly magick where a morgue attendant working the night shift in a really big, very violent city possesses an occult capability to interact with cadavers. He devotes the sin of acting on information obtained from the dead and horrifically curses himself and those that he likes. Brace yourself.YOUR BIRTHDAY WILL BE YOUR LAST DAY IN THE