Fantasia International Film Festival 2018

Daniel Baylis

Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America. Fantasia—as it’s simply referred to—is all about genre films. Also known as “B movies,” these are low-budget commercial movies that receive less publicity. Ask any film buff, and they’ll tell you that these flicks are incredibly entertaining.

The three-week festival has become one of Canada’s most beloved film festivals. Those who know about the annual cinematic celebration — such as Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro — love it. (Incidentally, del Toro describes the event as “a shrine” to cinema.)

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The diverse programming emphasizes the imaginative cinema that comes from beyond Hollywood, regions such as Asia, Europe and the Americas. Fantasia’s flamboyant offerings range from powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers, and many of the titles are rarely seen in North America.

This year marks the 22nd edition of the festival, and it promises to be another stellar opportunity to see great cinema while mingling with a movie-minded crowd.  

The official schedule has just been released. Here are five confirmed films you might want to check out.

Dans La Brume

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm

Apocalyptic thriller Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume) heads to the rooftops of Paris, following a family of three as they escape from a deadly gas cloud that’s overcome the city below. This is the opening film and the North-American premiere!

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot

Friday, July 20, 9:30 pm

Sam Elliott stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler — an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and RCMP. They need him to take out Bigfoot.

Louder! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp!

Saturday, July 21, 7:15 pm

An explosive musical comedy with energy to spare, Fantasia favorite Satoshi Miki’s usually quirky, offbeat characters, extravagant hairdos and vintage costumes are back, colliding here with a renewed sense of energy and chaos.

People’s Republic of Desire

Sunday, July 15, 2:20 pm

Friday, July 20, 1:00 pm

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are replacing real-life human connections. People's Republic of Desire is a true documentary journey into this digital universe, where young performers earn as much as US$150,000 a month singing, dancing or doing talk shows to live audiences.

Unfriended: Dark Web

Friday, July 13, 7 pm

When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web. Note: this is a horror film.

Tickets for all shows go on sale on July 7!


Cheat Sheet

Event: Fantasia International Film Festival

Dates: July 12 to August 1, 2018

Location: Various venues (see map here)


Twitter: @FantasiaFest

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis, blogger

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

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