ICYMI : FANTASIA 2020 TO PRESENT A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO FILMMAKER JOHN CARPENTER, CLOSE WIT



At the start of the month The Fantasia Film Festival announced a massive new assortment of feature films for its 24th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes, and special events.


Fantasia attendees lovingly recall that the Kentucky-raised writer/director/musician was one of the first major international guests to attend Fantasia for the fest’s third edition in 1998, when it launched the International Premiere of VAMPIRES. In conjunction with awarding him a Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award, the festival will also present a masterclass from Carpenter, where he’ll discuss everything from his own festival origin story to his awe-inspiring career, touching on HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, STARMAN, THEY LIVE, and many more. In addition, the fest will explore his recent resurgence as a touring musician and play you his latest spine-tingling single!

On February 19th of this year, South American cinema lost its boldest visionary with the passing of José Mojica Marins, one of the most original and inspired voices in the history of genre film. A master of confrontational filmmaking who conquered numerous obstacles, Marins’ creations are radical lightning bolts of transgression made in defiance of Brazil's then-dictatorship, whose collective glow will continue to influence and astonish generations to come. Fantasia had the honor of bringing Marins to the fest twice and of bestowing him with a Lifetime Achievement award. He will be greatly missed.

In recognition of Marins’ passing, Fantasia will be presenting three of his works –

AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (1964), THE STRANGE WORLD OF COFFIN JOE (1968), and THE END OF MAN (1971).

In addition, the festival will also present a live talk with Brazilian filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (THE NIGHTSHIFTER), co-screenwriter of Mojica’s acclaimed 2008 Coffin Joe comeback film, EMBODIMENT OF EVIL. He will reminisce on his own history growing up inspired by the man, as well as his relationship with his friend and collaborator.


Fantasia International Film Festival - Third Wave Titles

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON Dir. Justin Dyck Canada World Premiere

A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE Dir. Fung Chih-Chiang Hong Kong Canadian Premiere BABY: THE SECRET DIARY OF A MOM TO BE Dir. Luk Yee-Sum Hong Kong North American Premiere

BRING ME HOME Dir. Kim Seung-woo South Korea Quebec Premiere

CHASING DREAM Dir. Johnnie To Hong Kong Canadian Premiere

CLAPBOARD JUNGLE Dir. Justin McConnell Canada Quebec Premiere

COSMIC CANDY Dir. Rinio Dragasaki Greece Canadian Premiere

THE DAY OF THE BEAST Dir. Álex de la Iglesia Spain World Premiere - 4K Restoration DINNER IN AMERICA Dir. Adam Lehmeier USA Quebec Premiere

FEELS GOOD, MAN Dir. Arthur Jones USA Quebec Premiere

FREE COUNTRY Dir. Christian Alvart Germany Canadian Premiere

HAIL TO THE DEADITES Dir. Steve Villeneuve Canada World Premiere

HUNTED Dir. Vincent Paronnaud France / Belgium World Premiere

IVAN, THE TERRIRBLE Dir. Mario Abbade Brazil World Premiere

JUMBO Dir. Zoé Wittock France Quebec Premiere

KAKEGURUI Dir. Tsutomu Hanabusa Japan Canadian Premiere

LAURIN Dir. Robert Sigl Germany / Hungary Canadian Premiere - 4K Restoration

LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD Dir. Yuen Kim-Wai Hong Kong North American Premiere

THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A Dir. Kiel McNaughton New Zealand North American Premiere

MARYGOROUND Dir. Daria Woszek Poland International Premiere

MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS Dir. Minoru Kawasaki Japan International Premiere MORGANA Dirs. Isabel Peppard & Josie Hess Australia North American Premiere

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Dir. Ryan Spindell USA Quebec Premiere

NO LONGER HUMAN Dir. Mika Ninagawa Japan Quebec Premiere

NO WAY HOME Dir. Buddy Giovinazzo USA World Premiere - 4K Restoration

PAPER TIGERS Dir. Bao Tran USA World Premiere PATRICK Dir. Tim Mielants Belgium Canadian Premiere

PERDIDA Dir. Jorge Michel Grau Mexico / Columbia International Premiere

ROM Dir. Tran Thanh Huy Vietnam North American Premiere

SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD Dir. Sam Quah China Quebec Premiere

STING OF DEATH Dir. William Grefé USA World Premiere - 2K Restoration

SURVIVAL SKILLS Dir. Quinn Armstrong USA International Premiere

WILDLAND Dir. Jeanette Nordahl Denmark North American Premiere

TEXAS TRIP – A CARNIVAL OF GHOSTS Dirs. Steve Balestreri & Maxime Lachaud France World Premiere

WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS Dir. Takeshi Kushida Japan Quebec Premiere WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU Dir. Yuichi Fukuda Japan North American Premiere

YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE Dirs. David Darg & Price James USA Canadian Premiere

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