Get Crazy at Fantasia International Film Festival 2017

Isa Tousignant

For its all-grown-up 21st edition, Fantasia is going major in more ways than one. The premieres abound at this year’s Fantasia, for one, which runs from July 13 to August 2 at cinemas and spaces throughout the downtown core. But there’s also star appearances by Larry Cohen (of It’s Alive fame) and Turkish superstar Cüneyt Arkin, a TON of films from the four corners of the globe, and great programming to check out with the whole family. Because weird genre cinema knows no age!  

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All in the Fantasia family

Okay, you may not want to take the tots to Takashi Miike’s latest release, but there’s still fun for all ages.

Head to the McCord Museum for My First Fantasia, presenting five hour-long selections of short films over different days in the festival, uniting all sorts of amazing animated films from all over the world. Most are in French, English or mute. It’s part of an amazing selection of short-film programs at the fest, which you can check out here (scroll down).

Insane premieres

Fantasia gives Montréal first contact with an amazing array of films every year, but this year they’ve outdone themselves.

Charlize Theron stars in David Leitch’s violent feast for the senses, Atomic Blonde, bound to figuratively blow up the screen. You could cut the tension with a knife in Thai director Nattawut Poonpiriya’s Bad Genius, a suspenseful story of party kids turned (genius) bad. The brilliant action thriller Darkland will be presented in a Canadian premiere, direct from Danish director Fenar Ahmad. Another premiere, Savage Dog stars the athletic Scott Adkins in an overblown whirlwind of a film directed by Jesse V. Johnson. For an unexpected, poignant-as-hell rom-com, look no further than Yuya Ishii’s The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue. And for the serious side of animation, Korean director Hong Deok-Pyo presents his psycho-sexual plunge into highschool life, The Senior Class, in a world premiere. That should get you started!

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Starry nights (in more ways than one)

When you want to mix amazing cinema with the sweet night air, head to Fantasia Under the Stars.

From your spot right in the heart of downtown Montréal OR, new this year, near Concordia University at the corner of Mackay and de Maisonneuve, you’ll get to see blockbuster films like Nacho Vigalondo’s acclaimed and decidedly weird Colossal for free. Fantasia Under Stars: best date night ever.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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