The Fantastic Fest Final Wave Is Here!

Ready For the Fantastic Fest Second Wave? Because It’s Here!

SEPTEMBER 05, 2017 | MEREDITH BORDERS

Ready For the Fantastic Fest Second Wave? Because It’s Here!

Announcing the closing night film and the ten-year anniversary of the Fantastic Debates!

We’re 16 days out from Fantastic Fest, and we’re so excited to share the closing night film and second wave of programming with you! There are so many excellent and familiar names below, and we’re especially thrilled to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of our beloved Fantastic Debates this year.

Read on for the scoop, and read the first wave here, the shorts lineup here, and read about our satellite festivals and see our new 2017 art here!

One last reminder before we get into the nitty-gritty: the deadline for submissions on our bumper contest looms! Read more about it and submit here.

Onto the second wave!

Austin, TX – Tuesday September 5th, 2017 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its final wave of big-screen bizarro from all corners of the cinematic world with Alexander Payne’s miniature masterpiece DOWNSIZING bestowed the honor of closing night film. Rounding out a trio of Fantastic-Fest first-timers making their way to Austin is Cory Finley and his jaw dropping debut THOROUGHBRED, and fan-favorite tough guy extraordinaire Frank Grillo, who will be on hand to flex some muscle for the World Premiere of his nail-biting getaway drama, WHEELMAN. 

In keeping with world premieres, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce a fistful of titles that will receive their big screen bows. Screen great Barbara Crampton will be in attendance with director Bradford Baruh for a ride in his chilling APPLECART, featuring over forty minutes of zero gravity footage; Russia’s SALYUT-7 is guaranteed to pop 3D eyes; HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE walks us through the world’s most terrifying haunted houses; and TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID delivers a contemporary fairytale from within the world of the mexican cartels.

“I’m incredibly proud of the vast array of filmmaking on display in this year’s program,” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. “From the most highly acclaimed studio titles to the smallest independent debuts, it’s exhilarating to embrace unique creativity from the four corners of the world. Bringing filmmakers together in a program that highlights the increasing diversity of cinema is truly an honor that we can’t wait to share with our audience.”  

Female filmmakers once again deliver powerful voices with three of the most dynamic films of the festival. Angel Robinson will be in attendance to share the controversially kinky true story behind the year’s biggest superhero with PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN; Lisa Bruhlmann makes a stunning entrance with her fantastical coming-of-age debut BLUE MY MIND; and not to be outdone, first time feature-maker Coralie Fargeat turns the revenge genre upside down with her outrageous femme fatale fiesta, REVENGE. 

A mainstay of Fantastic Fest has been showcasing world cinema’s finest exports and this year is no exception. Asia basks in the glory of master Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s return to the apocalyptic fold with BEFORE WE VANISH (Japan), while his countryman Sôichi Umezawa delivers the outlandish midnight spectacle of VAMPIRE CLAY (Japan). South Korea represents with the year’s toughest crime caper, THE MERCILESS, and serial killer shocker V.I.P., while NYAFF award-winner BAD GENIUS represents Thailand. And Taiwan shows school students no mercy with the hyper-violent MON MON MON MONSTERS. Not to be outdone, Europe comes out swinging with Hungarian auteur Kornél Mundruczó’s follow up to WHITE GOD, the stunning JUPITER’S MOON, French filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani splash their hyper-stylized western LET THE CORPSES TAN across the screen and Norway’s Joachim Trier delivers one of the most quietly impressive films of the year, the assured THELMA. 

The world premiere of Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE 2: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS highlights an animated sidebar that pushes the medium into brave new spaces. Rounding out the fantastical trio is the debut feature from Studio Ponoc, MARY AND THE WITCHES FLOWER, from ex Studio Ghibli key animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and JUNK HEAD, Takahide Hori’s claymation feature that took him over seven years to complete, entirely by himself.

American Genre Film Archive makes its triumphant return to Fantastic Fest with two movies that will rot your libido in the best way. BAT PUSSY, the world’s first X-rated parody, shares the spotlight the world premiere of a brand new 2K transfer of one of the most sought-after lost films in the history of exploitation cinema in a very special secret screening. Additional rep titles include the world premiere of the Takashi Miike-approved 4K restoration of ICHI THE KILLER, the digital remaster of the seminal Indian cult movie BAASHA, and Jean Rollin’s THE NUDE VAMPIRE, presented by Kier-la Janisse in celebration of her new book Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin. 

True to form, Fantastic Fest will be re-writing reality once more with a crowded cornucopia of events that invade all corners of the fest. Gross-out grub-gorging spectacle Puke and Explode rumbles once more, notorious VHS archival warriors Everything is Terrible return with an all-new show to both delight and horrify. Comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried will be performing and screening the incredible biographical doc GILBERT, and the seminal Fantastic Debates marks its 10-year anniversary of polemic pugilism in spectacular fashion.

FINAL WAVE OF FILM LINEUP BELOW:

 

AGFA + SOMETHING WEIRD PRESENT: BAT PUSSY and SECRET SCREENING

American Genre Film Archive makes its triumphant return to Fantastic Fest with two movies that will rot your libido in the best way. BAT PUSSY, the world’s first X-rated parody, is what happens when an anonymous smut producer gets inspired by the 1960s BATMAN TV show but only has $5. It’s also what happens when your wildest dreams and most horrifying nightmares collide in an explosion of flaccid stupefaction. Next up, after years of detective work, AGFA presents the world premiere of a brand new 2K transfer of one of the most sought-after lost films in the history of exploitation cinema.

 

LOST GIRLS Book Launch: THE NUDE VAMPIRE presented by Kier-la Janisse

THE NUDE VAMPIRE

France, 1970

Repertory, 88 min

Director – Jean Rollin

Jean Rollin’s THE NUDE VAMPIRE (1970) follows a sinister businessman who’s keeping a young vampire girl captive and experimenting on her in the hope that he finds the key to eternal life. The film will be screened in celebration of the launch of the new book from publisher Spectacular Optical, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, the first examination of Rollin’s work to be written by all women critics, scholars and film historians, and will be introduced by the book’s publisher Kier-La Janisse.

 

3FT BALL & SOULS

Japan, 2017

International Premiere, 93 min

Director – Yoshio Kato

Four strangers come together to commit suicide using explosives. But they discover that every time they blow up, they’re sent back to just before they killed themselves.

 

APPLECART

USA, 2017

World Premiere, 86 min

Director – Bradford Baruh

An idyllic weekend vacation to a secluded cabin turns deadly when the Pollack family discovers an unconscious woman whose sinister plans will pit the family members against each other.

 

BAASHA

India, 1995

Repertory/International Premiere, 165 min

Director – Suresh Krissna

Superstar Rajinikanth plays a rickshaw driver with a history of violence in this genre-defining musical gangster romance epic from the director of AALAVANDHAN.

 

BAD GENIUS

Thailand, 2017

Texas Premiere, 130 min

Director – Nattawut Poonpiriya

A quartet of high school students are better at cheating than anything you’ve ever done in your life in this epic nail-biter about the standardized tests that level the playing field for all kids, smart and dumb, rich and poor.

 

BEFORE WE VANISH

Japan, 2017

North American Premiere, 129 min

Director – Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kurosawa’s latest film is a sci-fi thriller about an invasion in which aliens must come to understand humanity through understanding human emotion — most importantly, our collective capacity for love.

 

BLUE MY MIND

Switzerland, 2017

North American Premiere, 97 min

Director – Lisa Brühlmann

BLUE MY MIND follows 15-year-old Mia (Luna Wedler) as she undergoes a life-changing transformation, one that leaves her examining her body and her very existence in a new light.

 

BRIMSTONE & GLORY

Mexico, USA, 2017

Regional Premiere, 67 min

Director – Viktor Jakovleski

Tultepec is a small Mexican town that celebrates its love of fireworks with a yearly week-long festival. This festival is captured in a glorious documentary that is pure cinema.

 

THE CURED

Ireland, UK, France, 2017

US Premiere, 95 min

Director – David Freyne

A zombie virus has hit the world… but it has been cured. What’s next for the ex-zombies who have returned to normal? David Freyne’s debut feature throws lots of food for thought into the mouth of your mind.

 

DARKLAND

Denmark, 2017

US Premiere, 113 min

Director – Fenar Ahmad

An Iraqi doctor in Denmark seeks vigilante justice for his brother’s murder when the police come up short, biting off more than he can chew in a world of gangs, drugs and underground fight rings.

 

FIRSTBORN

Latvia, 2017

North American Premiere, 90 min

Director – Aik Karapetian

Provocative Latvian director Aik Karapetian returns to Fantastic Fest with a new thriller that explores how far a meek architect will go to protect his dignity in the eyes of his wife in the aftermath of an attack.

 

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

South Africa, 2017

US Premiere, 120 min

Director – Michael Matthews

A troubled young man returns to the town he fled as a youth and is forced to confront his past (and the town’s difficult future) in this gorgeous Sesotho language western.

 

GEMINI

USA, 2017

Special Screening, 93 min

Director – Aaron Katz

Our understandings of friendship, truth and celebrity are challenged when a heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke) and her Hollywood starlet boss (Zoe Kravitz) in Aaron Katz’s latest.

 

GILBERT

USA, 2017

Regional Premiere, 99 min

Director – Neil Berkeley

GILBERT is the story of Gilbert Gottfried as never seen before, both a behind-the-scenes documentary and a poignant look at the life of a comedian who has more layers than most people can imagine.

 

GOOD MANNERS

Brazil, France, 2017

North American Premiere, 135 min

Directors – Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

When lonely nurse Clara is hired as a nanny by wealthy Ana, she hardly expects anything like the friendship she finds with the lonely, pregnant woman. However, both women have dark secrets which will engulf all that they hold dear.

 

HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE

USA, 2017

World Premiere, 88 min

Director – Jon Schnitzer

Delving behind the scenes of one of America’s most beloved seasonal pastimes, HAUNTERS shows the world of the people who make the scariest houses, mazes and experiences that range from the traditional to the controversial.

 

ICHI THE KILLER – 4K RESTORATION

Japan, 2001

Repertory/World Premiere of Restoration, 129 min

Director – Takashi Miike

The yakuza occupy a murky universe with more twists and turns than the Shinjuku alleys they call home. The mysterious disappearance of a Tokyo mob boss triggers a hunt to find him, dead or alive. The search leads to the city’s most depraved clubs and sex dens and eventually to Ichi, the schizophrenic hitman behind the crime. Even more shocking is the discovery that the mastermind who hired Ichi is a fellow gangster out for revenge.

 

JUNK HEAD

Japan, 2017

US Premiere, 114 min

Director – Takahide Hori

Humanity is dying. It’s been 1200 years since our rebellious clone workforce moved underground, and the only way we can survive is by plunging into the depths to learn more about our terrifying creations.

 

JUPITER’S MOON

Hungary, Germany, 2017

North American Premiere, 123 min

Director – Kornél Mundruczó

The most ambitious science fiction film of the year is also perhaps the most visually stunning. Aryan is a refugee who finds himself with the power to levitate after being shot. Stern is a disgraced, corrupt doctor. The two will meet and alter the entire world.

 

LES AFFAMES

Canada, 2017

US Premiere, 100 min

Director – Robin Aubert

In the remote Quebec countryside, things are not well. A plague has infected the land, affecting almost all the residents of a small village. The survivors have to navigate their new existence as well as deal with the infected with an appetite for flesh.

 

LET THE CORPSES TAN

Belgium, France, 2017

US Premiere, 92 min

Directors – Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

On a beautiful corner of the Mediterranean, Rhino and his men take refuge after the robbery of 250 kilograms of gold. The plan is simple: Wait and split. But some unwanted visitors are about to turn this idyllic corner into a bloodbath.

 

LETTERKENNY

Canada, 2016

US Premiere, 151 min

Director – Jacob Tierney

The spiritual successors to STRANGE BREW’s Bob and Doug MacKenzie, the rural residents of the fictitious town of LETTERKENNY deliver a hysterical slice of Canadiana in the comedy phenomenon chronicling the daily problems of hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians.

 

THE LINE

Slovakia, Ukraine, 2017

North American Premiere, 112 min

Director – Peter Bebjak

One line is literal, the border between Slovakia and Ukraine. Criminal Adam Krajnak (Tomas Mastalir) crosses it often, smuggling product and people. The other line is metaphorical, and crossing it leads to a death spiral of violence and vengeance.

 

LOVE AND SAUCERS

USA/Canada, 2017

Texas Premiere, 67 min

Director – Brad Abrahams

David Huggins, a 72-year-old man who claims to have lost his virginity as a young man to an extraterrestrial being, turned to art to express his interspecies romance and lifelong relationship with the otherworldly.

 

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER

Japan, 2017

North American Premiere, 102 min

Director – Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Directing the first film out of Studio Ponoc, Hiromasa Yonebayashi (WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE) creates the dazzling and heartwarming story of an ordinary girl who becomes an extraordinary witch.

 

THE MERCILESS

South Korea, 2017

North American Premiere, 117 min

Director – Byun Sung-hyun

Cribbing liberally from the history of gangster films, Byun Sung-hyun’s hard-boiled Korean crime saga is filled with all manner of murder, deceit, double and triple crosses… and, oh yeah, slap-fighting.

 

MOM AND DAD

USA, 2017

US Premiere, 83 min

Director – Brian Taylor

Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage are seemingly ideal parents until an unknown force causes their town’s adults to murder their offspring.

 

MON MON MON MONSTERS

Taiwan, 2017

Regional Premiere, 112 min

Director – Giddens Ko

A bullied schoolboy is teamed up with his tormentors to do community social work. While on duty, they encounter a strange creature which they kidnap, and take bullying to a whole new level.

 

THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD

France, Germany, 2017

US Premiere, 85 min

Director – Sonia Kronlund

Meet Salim Shaheen: Afghani auteur, prolific actor and one-man moviemaking industry. Along with his trusted troupe of actors, he defies all the odds in the Middle East to fulfill his dreams of making movies.

 

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN

USA, 2017

US Premiere, 108 min

Director – Angela Robinson

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, this film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s.

 

RABBIT

Australia, 2017

International Premiere, 99 min

Director – Luke Shanahan

After a full year, Maude is still stricken by visions of her sister Cleo’s kidnapping. Believing that Cleo is still alive, Maude undergoes a suspenseful journey to find her in this stunning, atmospheric feature debut from Luke Shanahan.

 

RADIUS

Canada, 2017

US Premiere, 91 min

Directors – Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard

When a man wakes up from a car crash with no memory of what happened, his first instinct is to find help. However, as he gets closer to civilization and other people, an ugly truth will rear its head and affect all those who surround him.

 

REVENGE

France, 2017

US Premiere, 108 min

Director – Coralie Fargeat

Three rich male thrill-seekers discover that Jennifer isn’t the human sex doll that they assumed she was when they invited her on their isolated hunting getaway. Jennifer teaches them fundamental lessons about consent in a manner that they — and we — won’t soon forget.

 

RIFT

Iceland, 2017

Texas Premiere, 111 min

Director – Erlingur Thoroddsen

After a phone call from his ex wakes him late one night, Gunnar drives out to a secluded vacation cottage to save Einar from himself, but what awaits him there is mystery and confusion.

 

SALYUT-7

Russia, 2017

World Premiere, 119 min

Director – Klim Shipenko

Based on a true story, SALYUT-7 is the little-known mission to dock with an unmanned space station in order to stop it from crashing into Earth, a feat never before attempted in space history.

 

THELMA

Norway, 2017

Texas Premiere, 116 min

Director – Joachim Trier

A conservative young woman attending college in Oslo begins to fall in love while discovering her burgeoning supernatural powers in a stunning new film from Norway.

 

THOROUGHBRED

USA, 2017

Austin Premiere, 92 min

Director – Cory Finley

Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

 

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

Mexico, 2017

World Premiere, 83 min

Director – Issa López

When her mother suddenly disappears with no one to care for her, young Estrella ends up on the street and joins a gang of children, triggering a dangerous and tragic chain of events in the third feature from Mexican filmmaker Lopez.

 

UNDER THE TREE

Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany, 2017

US Premiere, 89 min

Director – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

On the outskirts of Reykjavik, the shadow cast by a tree triggers a feud between two neighboring families, with tragic and darkly comic consequences.

 

V.I.P.

South Korea, 2017

International Premiere, 128 min

Director – Hoon-jung Park

A notorious serial killer who happens to be the son of a defecting DPRK official sends South Korea’s National Intelligence, police from both states and even international brass into a mad political scramble in this thrilling neo-noir.

 

VAMPIRE CLAY

Japan, 2017

US Premiere, 80 min

Director – Soichi Umezawa

A class of art school hopefuls is stalked by blood-thirsty, flesh-hungry clay in this bizarre practical effects-heavy horror assault from THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 segment director and longtime special makeup effects artist Umezawa.

 

VIDAR THE VAMPIRE

Norway, 2017

Texas Premiere, 82 min

Directors – Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland

Christian farmer Vidar has a boring life, living with his mom and tending sheep. When he wishes for more excitement he wakes up undead, hangs out with vampire Jesus and discovers that sometimes the party can go on too long.

 

WHEELMAN

USA, 2017

World Premiere, 82 min

Director – Jeremy Rush

Frank Grillo (KINGDOM; CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR) stars as the wheelman, a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race to survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him and the only person he can trust… his 14-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast and drive faster.

 

WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS

USA, 2017

World Premiere, 22 min

Director – Don Hertzfeldt

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