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11 Fantasia film screenings you have to check out this month

Tyler Jadah Jul 13, 2018 11:43 am 400

Concordia University is transformed into a hub for film buffs from a variety of genres for the last two weeks of July through the Fantasia International Film Festival.

The festival’s 22nd edition will screen over 150 independent and mainstream films from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

From dramas, animations, comedies and especially thrillers and horror flicks, Fantasia has something for everyone. The festival garners 100,000 viewers every year as well as renowned critics, directors, producers and actors from the world’s film industry.

Regular admission is $12 per film and screening and VIP passes are available for between $100 – $180. With that said, here are 11 screenings you won’t want to miss at Montreal’s biggest film festival.

Buffalo Boys (2018) Singapore – Western, 105 min

Directed by Mike Wiluan

Set in 1860, two brothers exiled for years in America, return to their hometown to avenge the death of their father. The film, slated for its world premiere, approaches the classic American western genre from an Indonesian angle with spectacular action scenes.

The film will be screened with English subtitles.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (2018) USA – Drama/Comedy/Fantasy, 98 min

Directed by Robert Krzykowski

If this film’s title doesn’t entice you, nothing will.

The film follows a legendary American war veteran who lives a quiet and peaceful life in 1987, years after assassinating Hitler. As a mythical creature harbours a new disease capable of wiping out the entire planet, the war vet is sought out to take out Bigfoot.

When: Friday, July 20
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

Mega Time Squad (2018) New Zealand – Fantasy/Comedy, 81 min

Directed by Tim Van Dammen

A small-town crook finds an ancient Chinese time-travel device that can help him pull off a heist and start a new life. But he may not survive the consequences of tampering with time. Dammen’s film has been described as an instant classic, adding a fresh and hilarious chapter in kiwi-genre films.

When: July 16 and July 17
Time: 7:35 pm on July 16 and 1 pm on July 17
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

Summer of  ’84 (2018) Canada – Horror, 105 min

Directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell

A group of teenage friends suspect that their police officer neighbour is a serial killer. They spend the summer spying on him and gathering evidence but things get dangerous as they get closer to the discovering the truth.

Summer of ’84 was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Chatanooga Film Festival.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10:15 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

Mandy (2018) USA & Belgium – Action/Horror, 121 min

Directed by Panos Cosmatos

Mandy is set in the wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) hunts a deranged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life. Mandy was also a selection at this year’s Sundance Festival and critics are calling it “one of the weirdest, wildest, and bloodiest films in ages.”

When: Wednesday, August 1
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

Fantasia Virtual Reality Experience

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an international program of 13 selected virtual reality films. Participants are then encouraged to vote for their favourite film which will be crowned the VR winner at the festival’s award ceremonies.

Each VR film is 20 minutes and the screenings last for three days from noon to 8 pm allowing patrons enough time to see all 13.

When: July 19 – 21
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Where: Concordia University Atrium
Price: Free

Fireworks (2017) Japan – Animation, 89 min

Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi

A schoolgirl in Japan finds a mysterious transparent ball in the sea that has magical powers. As she attempts to flee her unhappy life at home, she finds a supernatural link between the magic ball and one of her classmates.

The film will be screened in its original Japanese version with English subtitles.

When: Sunday, July 22
Time: 12 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

Knuckleball (2018) Canada – Horror/Thriller, 89 min

Directed by Michael Peterson

12-year-old Henry is alone and isolated on a farm and uncovers a dark family legacy when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly at night. Critics label Knuckleball as one of those griping movies where you think you know what’s happening but everything turns upside down.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) United Kingdom – Horror/Comedy, 103 min

Directed by John McPhail

With the zombie apocalypse looming on a small town during Christmas, teenaged Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive with the undead horde all around them.

When: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 6:25 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

I Have a Date With Spring (2018) South Korea – Drama/Fantasy, 93 min

Directed by Baek Seung-bin

A struggling filmmaker, dealing with writer’s block encounters four mysterious creatures claiming to be fans of his work. The monsters urge the filmmaker to finish his project before the forthcoming end of the world.

The film is Screened in Korean with English subtitles.

When: July 16 and July 18
Time: 9:40 pm on July 16 and 3 pm on July 18
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

A Rough Draft (2018) Russia – Science-Fiction, 111 min

Directed by Sergey Mokritskiy

A video game designer is stripped of his identity and recruited by a mysterious force to become the gatekeeper of a multi-dimensional portal. The film is packed with furious fight scenes and metaphysical graphics.

It is screened in Russian with English subtitles.

When: July 20 and July 27
Time: 5:10 pm on July 20 and 2:45 pm on July 27
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

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