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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FANTASIA is approaching / approche 14.07 - 04.08.2015

Founder / Fondateur Marc Lamotte &
Spokesperson / Porte-parole Sébastien Diaz
Photos © Lena Ghio 2015
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Yesterday morning was the press conference introducing the 2015 line-up for the FANTASIA FESTIVAL. I am so excited! There are, again, so many great choices it hurts my brain! I will share some of my highlights.

The opening movie MISS HOKUSAI, an animated feature that tells the imaginary tale of the daughter of famous Japanese artist KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI is sublime as it tells the story of the artists work and showcases his famous paintings inside the imagery of the film. It creates wonder!

I am excited about THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR a martial art film from Indonesia that packs a punch and a great mythic story that takes us to the heart of ancient martial art secrets.

The movie JERUZALEM by the PAZ BROTHERS, who will be in Montreal for the Festival, is asking: "What if all those religious stories are real?". Two young women will experience an out of this world vacation!

One movie that really sparked my curiosity is THE SHAMER'S DAUGHTER a medieval crime story with seers witches and dragons executed with realism.

There are many great movies and I will be discussing those in the coming days. For the whole family, and FREE, THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF JOJO ( and his annoying little sister Avila ) will make you laugh as much as your kids. It will play at Place de la Paix du Quartier des Spectacles Tuesday July 21 at 9:PM. The McCord Museum is offering FREE screenings starting July 18, for information.

Finally, I had a surprise encounter with our very own woman of cinema PATRICIA CHICA. She is presenting a film again this year,  on July 25th, A Tricky Treat, that will precede Deadman InfernoYou will never see Halloween the same again!

The adventure into the bizarre begins July 14th.

FRANÇAIS

En plus des films cités plus haut, le Festival Fantasia propose une programmation de films québécois nouveaux et classiques. Par exemple, le court métrage Calamités Caustiques d'HUGUES PROVENCHER ouvrira le Festival avant MISS HOKUSAI. Le film de cinéma indépendant ecrit et réalisé par PASCAL PAYANT, On the Horizon, sera diffusé en première mondiale le 31 juillet. Vous pourrez voir le film Scandale de GEORGE MIHALKA qui a fait un vrai scandale en 1982. Le film de clôture du Fantastique week-end du cinéma québécois sera Montreal Blues. C'est un film tourné en 1972 par PASCAL GÉLINAS. Plus de détails dans les jours à suivre.

L'aventure dans l'insolite commence le 14 juillet!

-LENA GHIO

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