The Fantasia International Film Festival held its annual press conference this morning at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in downtown Montreal, hosted by many of the regular festival programmers and planners, among them general directors Marc Lamothe and Mitch Davis, who both represent the heart and backbone of the event, Isabelle Gauvreau, director of Québec short films programming, Simon Laperrière, director of the ‘Camera Lucida’ selections and King Wei-Chu and Nicolas Archambault, directors of Asian programming, just to name a few.
A few of the major announcements from the first few waves were reiterated, such as Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw as the opening film and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End as the closing movie. One previously unmentioned bit of tantalizing information shared with the press this morning is that in addition to director Edgar Wright hosting, so will co-star Nick Frost!
More details were revealed concerning the Fantasia-Festival du Nouveau Cinema collaborative retrospective on spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s titled Project Django, namely three of the five titles to be featured in the summer’s Fantasia half of the project: Il Tempo Di Massacro (Lucio Fulci, 1966), Lo Chiamavano Trinità (Enzo Barboni, 1970) and Continuavano a Chiamarlo Trinità (Enzo Barboni, 1971).
Among the new details shared were:
-Genre movie score lovers will be delighted to know that British composer Simon Boswell will have a sit down chat with Fangoria editor and musician Chris Alexander to discuss the former’s professional career.
-The next installment in the famous Chucky franchise, The Curse of Chucky, shall have its world premier at Fantasia, hosted by the director himself, Don Mancini and co-star Fiona Dourif
-World renowned stunt woman Zoë Bell (famous mostly for her collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in the Kill Bill movies and Death Proof) will make an appearance to discuss her latest action film as a star, Raze.
-Pollyanna McIntosh, who stirred quite the buzz in 2011 for her role in the gloriously infamous The Woman, returns to Fantasia to present the drama Love Eternal from director Brendan Muldowney.
-Joey King, who has appeared in plenty of big and small budget films in her very young acting career (she is only 13 years of age!) will be on hand for a special screening of James Wan’s highly anticipated The Conjuring just before it opens wide.
-A new entry in the Apple Meet the Filmmakers series with guest Bobcat Goldthwait (who is coming to Fantasia to present his latest picture about the hunt for Big Foot, Willow Creek) with be filmed live at the Montreal Apple store (1321 Ste-Catherine West) on July 25th at 8pm and streamed worldwide.
-Fantasia, in association with Elephant, will screen a new, digitally restored version of Jean-Claude Lauzon’s 1987 picture Un zoo la nuit, which was a hit at that year’s Cannes Film Festival
-In a curious, amusing twist, Fantasia is teaming up with the Just For Laughs festival for a special event on Monday July 22nd with a nighttime screening of three silent film comedies will be screened at the Vidéotron scene in the Quartier des spectacles: Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920), Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and Liberty (1929, Leo McCarey) starring Laurel and Hardy. All three films will be accompanied by a live piano performance from Québec musician Gabriel Thibodeau.
Fans can expect plenty of action, chills, thrills and even moving dramas and documentaries at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival, with movies from the province of Québec and countries such as Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Great Britain, France and many more lending their voices to genre filmmaking. Check out all the details on the lineup, special guest speakers and conferences at the event’s official website http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2013/en