5 Fantasia Festival Films Guaranteed To Blow Us Away

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Fantasia Film Festival is back with yet another strong year. I have picked some of this year’s Fantasia Festival Films to give you all a taste of what’s to come.

This list of Fantasia Festival Films is from the 1st wave of films that have been announced. There is so much more I could’ve added to the list and I will try and get another written up soon. I Hope you enjoy.

LOWLIFE (World Premiere)

FANTASIA FILM 17

Director: Ryan Prows

Writer(s): Jake Gibson, Tim Cairo, Ryan Prows,  Maxwell Michael Towson, Shaye Ogbonna

Stars: Ricardo Adam Zarate, Nicki Micheaux, Jon Oswald 

OFFICIAL PLOT

The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.

WHAT FANTASIA HAVE TO SAY

The lives of an addict, a Luchador, a cartel organ smuggler, and an ex-con collide in this wildly original crime/drama/blacker-than-black comedy/thriller that’s as informed by Mexican subcultures as it is by American cinema. A ferocious feature debut by Ryan Prows, LOWLIFE is one of the most gobsmacking crime film discoveries that we’ve come across in years. Beg, cheat, or steal to be at our World Premiere and witness the birth of an unforgettable instant classic.

MOHAWK (WORLD PREMIERE)

FANTASIA FILM 17

Director: Ted Geoghegan

Writer(s): Grady Hendrix, Ted Geoghegan

Stars: Kaniehtiio Horn,  Eamon Farren, Ezra Buzzington, Ian Colletti, Jonathan Huber

OFFICIAL PLOT

A young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

WHAT FANTASIA HAVE TO SAY

Ted Geoghegan’s sophomore feature, following 2015’s acclaimed WE ARE STILL HERE, confronts audiences with a very different kind of horror: our collective history.  Set in 1814, MOHAWK tells the white-knuckle tale of two young Mohawk warriors and their British lover pursued by murderous American military renegades Hell-bent on blind revenge and features a striking ensemble cast that includes Kaniehtiio Horn, Eamon Farren, Ezra Buzzington, Jonathan Huber (WWE Superstar Luke Harper), and Noah Segan. History often hurts, but sometimes it hits hard enough to kill.

MONEY’S MONEY (WORLD PREMIERE)

FANTASIA FILM 17

Director: Géla Babluani

Writer: NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE 

StarsBenoît Magimel, Olivier Rabourdin, Vincent Rottiers

OFFICIAL PLOT

The lives of three thieves attempting to rob a house are altered by what they see inside.

WHAT FANTASIA HAVE TO SAY

Georgian-born French filmmaker Géla Babluani created one of the most significant thrillers of the last 15 years with his enthralling debut, the classic 13 TZAMETI. Now, after a seven-year hiatus following that film’s 2010 US remake, he has returned with MONEY’S MONEY – a taut robbery thriller whose stellar cast includes Benoît Magimel, Olivier Rabourdin, Vincent Rottiers, and Féodor Atkine. Fantasia will proudly be showcasing the film’s World Premiere.

A DAY (INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE)

Fantasia FILM 17

DIRECTORCho Sun-ho

WRITER: NO INFO AVAILABLE

STARS: Myung-min Kim, Yo-han Byeon, Hye-Sun Shin

OFFICIAL PLOT (Asian Wiki)

Kim Joon-Young is a famous thoracic surgeon, but he isn’t a very good father to his daughter Eun-Jung. One day, he sees his daughter die in an accident in front of him. From that moment, the same day repeats itself and he struggles to find the secret of that day with ambulance driver Lee Min-Chul.

WHAT FANTASIA HAVE TO SAY

Director Cho Sun-ho amazes with his masterfully crafted first feature film A DAY (International Premiere), which tells the story of a famous doctor stuck in a time loop where he must try to save his daughter from a fatal car accident over and over again. Going far beyond the GROUNDHOG DAY concept in terms of emotional implication and unpredictable twists, this riveting thriller will keep you on the very edge of your seat! Cho Sun-ho is definitely a name to remember!

JAILBREAK (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

FANTASIA FILM 17

DIRECTOR: Jimmy Henderson

WRITERS:  Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson

STARS:  Celine Tran, Jean-Paul Ly, Laurent Plance

OFFICIAL PLOT

What started as a simple escort mission, will soon turn to chaos as the prisoners of Koh Kla take over the prison grounds. A special task force gets trapped in the prison will have to fight their way out for survival, to protect a key witness

WHAT FANTASIA HAVE TO SAY

Years ago, Thailand gave the world ONG BAK. Then Indonesia surprised us with THE RAID. This year, it’s Cambodia’s turn to redefine the limits of action cinema with spectacular stunts and breathtaking fights at an unrelenting, frenetic pace. Explosively directed by Jimmy Henderson, JAILBREAK highlights the beauty and the know-how of a national cinema worth discovering. Don’t miss this!

As I said at the top of the article, there is so much more that I could have added to this list. I will try and update it or start a new one in the next day or two. Also, make sure to check back for the exciting 2nd wave of titles that have still to come

 

 

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