Thursday, July 8, 2010

2010 Fantasia International Film Festival, July 8-28

The 2010 Fantasia International Film Festival begins today in Montreal and continues until July 28. The three-week long event is North America's largest genre film festival, featuring styles such as horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, and sci-fi. The festival also hosts panels and conferences, as well as industry events and parties.

Tonight's opening night gala is Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage and local Montreal actor Jay Baruchel. It's a live-action story loosely based on a Johann Wolfgang von Goethe poem and the famous sequence starring Mickey Mouse from - appropriately - Disney's Fantasia. The closing night gala on July 28 is the Sundance Festival horror-comedy hit Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Other screenings include the Canadian premiere of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs the World, over 50 Asian films, and the recently restored Metropolis, which adds over 25-minutes of newly discovered  material.

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As part of the 14th edition of the festival, SCENE, the first and only entertainment rewards program in Canada presents Fantasia Under the Stars, a series of special outdoor screenings at the Parc de la Paix (on St-Laurent boulevard between St-Catherine and René-Lévesque). Come celebrate with us during two weeks and enjoy our ten free outdoors screenings at the SCENE Screen!

Screenings will start at 9pm and will be preceded by musical and visual performances by Jocool, Taxi nouveau, Liberty, this is not design (tind), Victortronic, Pink Rubber Lady and Guillaume B, courtesy of the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) Mix Sessions. See HERE for the complete VJs and DJs’ schedule and a complete description of the films. Cancellation in the event of rain.

Tuesday July 13th
BLACK (Pierre Laffargue, France, 2009, 115 min.)
Courtesy of Evokative Films
In French with English subtitles

Wednesday July 14th
EXECUTIVE KOALA (Minoru Kawasaki, Japan 2005, 85 min.)
Courtesy of Synapse Films
In Japanese with English Subtitles

Thursday July 15th
WILD HUNT (Alexandre Franchi, Canada, 2010, 96 min.)
Courtesy of TVA Films
In English with French Subtitles

Friday July 16th
REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA (Darren Lynn Bousman, USA, 2008, 98 min.)
Courtesy of Maple Pictures
In English with French subtitles

Saturday July 17th
IP MAN (Wilson Yip, Hong Kong, 2008, 107 min)
In Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles

Tuesday July 20th
DJ XL5’s Razzle Dazzle Zappin’ Party (compile by DJ XL5, International, 2009, 90 min.)
In French and in English

Wednesday July 21st
SANS DESSEIN (Caroline Labrèche et Steeve Léonard, Quebec, 2009, 110 min)
In English with English Subtitles

Thursday July 22nd
I SELL THE DEAD (Glenn McQuaid, USA, 2009, min)
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Canada
In English

Friday July 23rd
POWER KIDS (Krissanapong Rachata, Thailand, 2008, 95 min.)
Courtesy of Métropole Films
In Thai with English Subtitles

Saturday July 23rd
PANIQUE AU VILLAGE (Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Belgium, 2009, 79 minutes)
Courtesy of Métropole Films
In French

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