Fantasia has rolled out its first wave of titles for its 21st edition, including a few with solid NZ connections.
Matt Murphy’s Pork Pie is among the early announcements, as is Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. The festival also has A Ghost Story from Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery in the mix. The film also heads here for the NZIFF in July. Aussie Damien Power’s Killing Ground, which premiered in Melbourne last year, also makes the trip to Montreal.
As is usually the case, Fantasia boasts a strong line up of Asian titles this year including its opening title, Jung Byung-Gil’s Cannes premiered The Villainess.
Plenty of other Fantasia titles announced have been garnering plaudits while doing the rounds of genre and, occasionally, more mainstream festivals. They include Marianna Palka’s Bitch, Jimmy Henderson’s Jailbreak, Giddens Ko’s Mon Mon Mon Monsters, Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland and Yan Pak-Wing and Chiu Sin-Hang’ Vampire Cleanup Department.
The full 2017 lineup will be announced on July 5, 2017. Fantasia Film Festival runs 13 July – 2 August in Montreal. Alongside the festival, Fantasia will run its Frontières International Co-Production Market 20-23 July.