July 7th, 2007 10:38:00
Fantasia launches it's third theater today & Adam Green, Curt Johnson, Nicolas Bro and Omar Ali Khan are in town to host a horde of screenings!
200 Pounds Beauty, présenté au Théâtre Hall à 14h00 Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C., présenté au Théâtre DB Clarke à 15h00
Today will be the first day that the guests will be able to screen movies in the DB Clarke Theater. What a day it is! Starting off with Arch Angel, the first feature film for Issei Oda whose special effect designer talents were shown off in the excellent Uzumaki. On the other side of Maisonneuve, we will be presenting the Korean movie, Once in a Summer which promises us an eye full. Similarly from South Korea, depicting the phenomena of the plastic surgery proliferation in that country, 200 Pounds Beauty will try to open our eyes on the superficial look we often give others dabbed with a good sense humor. You will also have a second chance to see the Danish movie, Offscreen, with Nicolas Bro while the continuation of the popular animation series Ghost in the Shell : S.A.C will inaugurate the DB Clarke Theater.
Dasepo Naughty Girls guarantees us to knock down the Korean taboos on sexuality in a very crude way whilst the Japanese movie, Yellow Fellas, presented free of charge, will tackle racial prejudices. A second showing of The Restless will satisfy your need for melodramatic tales and breathtaking special effects. The Banquet by Feng Xiaogang will surely please fans of grand productions, majestic choreography by master Yuen Woo-ping and the sublime Zhang Ziyi.
Have you already an appetite? Its not nearly over yet.
The classic Lady Avengers, which precedes the Taiwan Black Movies documentary, will be presented for the first time in a quarter of a century in North America (albeit on video, as there are no surviving 35mm prints) and should satisfy the numerous followers of female vengeance, such as Lady Snowblood and Kill Bill. Who doesnt enjoy watching them bleed their victims at the mercy of the Katana?
There will then be a key entry in the festival's from Documentaries From The Edge. A super controversial look at America's war on animal rights activists - and splinter groups' wars with each other - , Your Mommy Kills Animals has been hailed as one of the bravest American documentaries ever made. Director Curt Johnson, who is now under wiretapped surveillance by the FBI as a result of making this film, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening. You will have more than a few!
Subsequently, a huge dilemma is presented to you. Will it be the hyper extreme rebirth of the 80s slasher with Hatchet hosted by writer/director, Adam Green or will it be another outrageous journey in Minoru Kawasakis world with Rug Cop? No matter the choice, you will be a winner at the end of it.
Hatchet, présenté au Théâtre Hall à 21h40
Danish superstar Nicolas Bro will return to present Anders Thomas Jensen's acclaimed feature Adams Apples, winner at the BIFFF, starring the excellent Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher I et II).
We end the night with Ten Nights of Dreams, a collective of short features by a few very prestigious Japanese directors, including Takashi Shimizu (the Ju_on films), Suzuki Matsuo (Otakus In Love) and Yudai Yamaguchi (Meatball Machine) and Hells Ground, a Pakistani horror film that promises an eccentric take on the genre. Director Omar Ali Khan is here to host the screening alongside producers Andy Starke and Pete Tombs (founders of the insane Mondo Macabro dvd label).
With a day like today, we can infer that Fantasia is to cinema what the Boston marathon is to cardio vascular.