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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fantasia Festival 2017 • a look back!

Charleze Theron in Atomic Blonde

Another GREAT Festival! Many movies taking us through all the nooks and crannies of the human psyche and imagination. My 2 best features were Atomic Blond starring Charlize Theron and Fritz Lang starring Heino Ferch.

Atomic Blonde pleased me enormously because of the powerful female character that was always dressed in the sharpest outfits EVER! The fight scenes are outrageous but superbly executed. In one fight scene where the villains would not die the audience exploded in a great laugh! But it was a generous laugh, one where we were having a lot of fun!

Fritz Lang is based on a factual episode in the life of the famed Austrian-German filmmaker who later immigrated to the US. I loved it for many reasons. One was because of the performance of Heino Ferch who was perfect in recreating the famous filmmaker of the 1930s; elegant, snobbish, perplexed by moment when he lacked inspiration as to what film to do next. Second, I loved that the producers presented the story in the same cinematographic style employed by Lang at that time. He went to the city of Düsseldorf and looked into the police files of a real serial murderer that was targeting children until they finally arrested Peter Kürten, AKA the Monster of Düsseldorf . This would lead to the creation of the film M starring Peter Lorre, the first ever movie about a complex police chase and serial killer.

Heino Ferch as Fritz Lang 

Among the highlights this year, more than 100,000 people attended the screenings! 13 World Premieres: LOWLIFE by Ryan Prows, KING COHEN by Steve Mitchell, ORIGAMI by Patrick Demers, MOHAWK by Ted Geoghegan, LE PROBLÈME D’INFILTRATION by Robert Morin, GEEK GIRLS by Gina Haraszti's, FRIENDLY BEAST by Gabriela Amaral Almeida, RADIUS by Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard and PUNK FU ZOMBIE by Gabriel Claveau: to name a few.

Among the winners, the PRIX CHEVAL NOIR for best film: SPOOR (POKOT) by Agnieszka Holland, and PRIX AQCC-CAMERA LUCIDA best film A GHOST STORY by David Lowery, that I truly enjoyed.

-LENA GHIO

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