Prepare for the Big Screen: Fantasia Festival Reveals First Wave of Films for 2014
Film fanatics, ultra-geeks, friends, and enthusiasts of the extraordinary, hold on to your seats!
Montreal’s one and only Fantasia Film Festival has revealed a first wave of enticing films for 2014. If you’re anything like me, this is THE one film festival to attend, if ever you decide to attend any at all. Don't be a square. Break out of your comfort zone and explore the wild oddities and enchanting scene-scapes this festival has to offer.
While the full-line up of screenings and events have yet to be announced on July 10, our hearts have already been sold by one glance at this first leg of films. Here is a list of 5 newly-announced films that left us with great intrigue.
AUX YEUX DES VIVANTS | FRANCE
Now it wouldn't be Fantasia without a good horror film. With directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury teaming up together once again, Aux Yeux des Vivants/ Among the Living reminds us that some things are better kept... secret. As three young boys ditch their last day of school for an early summer vacation, they discover a very unpleasant surprise. An ode to 80s-style horror, this is one you should not miss.
ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE | USA
Anyone familiar with Youtuber/video game expert James Rolfe? Whether you've been following his vlogs for years or are a new fan (like me), you should definitely get excited about his movie. Wait, what? A MOVIE? Yes. During this year's Fantasia Film Festival, you can watch him for 115 minutes straight.
KILLERS | INDONESIA/JAPAN
I'll admit, I'll always be a sucker for action-thrillers, especially those involving serial killers. The Mo Brothers team up once more to bring to life just that. Why do some kill? In this film, we'll watch as social media brings journalist Bayu Aditya (Oka Antara) to serial killer Nomura Shuhei (Kazuki Kitamura), later on developing a similar desire to take lives. This is one psychological thriller you do not want to miss.
THE HUNTRESSES | KOREA
Director Park Jae-hyun brings together a Charlie's Angels-styled action/adventure flick with a bit of romance and a lot of laughs in The Huntresses. As three beautiful and very capable lady-warriors (also bounty hunters) set off on a daring mission, they are left with many obstacles and a very difficult decision to make. Set in medieval Korea, who would want to miss this?
THE WHITE STORM | HONG KONG
Last but not least, here's another action-thriller that should have place on your must-see list. Director Benny Chan's crime flick brings a vivid depiction of a drug war from Hong Kong to Thailand. Jammed-packed with brilliant cinematography and scenes designed to leave you at the edge of your seat, this one should definitely be on your to-watch list.
There you have it. While you contain your excitement and not-so-patiently wait for the full reveal on July 10, be sure to check out IX Daily's own Fantasia Festival coverage from last year!
See you at Fantasia 2014!