I Am Trash
Three emotionally damaged brothers must deal with the aftermath of their father returning home from prison after serving time for sexual assault.
A haunted man attends a dinner party at the house he once called home and is gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda.
When a young shut-in is forced back out into the real world following the death of his mother, he discovers he can find peace and love only amongst the dead.
Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen
MEN AND CHICKEN
Mads Mikkelsen as only his longtime absurdist Danish collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen could conceive — a far-beyond-chronic masturbator with a hair-trigger temper — desperately searches for his true identity.
A transgressive taboo-shattering psychodrama from Korean auteur Kim Ki-Duk.
MY FRIEND DAHMER
This is the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a high school loner whose life would shape up to be something far more frightening than anyone could have imagined.
After their car is driven off the road and crashed into a river, a young couple on the run is taken in by a simple man living with his secrets in his isolated home.
In this wholly unique blend of gothic fairytale and heart-wrenchingly real emotion from first-time feature director Deborah Haywood, Iona and her mother arrive in a new town hoping for a better life, but find themselves targeted by bullies.
Based on the same ancient folktale that inspired Kihachiro Kawamoto’s DOJOJI TEMPLE (1976), Joe Hsieh’s unsettling film (realized in a striking black/white/red color scheme) tells of a married travelling salesman who stops at a seaside inn for the night, only to have the landlord’s strange daughter fall in love with him instantly. But when he rejects her, she vows revenge.
THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD
Meet Salim Shaheen: Afghani auteur, prolific actor and one-man moviemaking industry. Along with his trusted troupe of actors, he defies all the odds in the Middle East to fulfill his dreams of making movies.
A brilliant and disturbing pastiche of melodramatic 1940s radio dramas, former Texan Eric Patrick’s distorted domestic characters - with their cracked faces and murderous longings - offer an uncanny underside to the idyllic nuclear family.
Chris Peckover, director of 2010’s UNDOCUMENTED, returns to Fantastic Fest with this playfully twisted suburban Christmas thriller in which babysitter Ashley must protect twelve-year-old Luke during an unusual home invasion.
SATANIC PANIC Book Launch + Screening of EVILSPEAK (in 35mm!)
The hysteria known as the “Satanic Panic” made its way through every pop-culture pathway in the ‘80s. Relive the era with the launch of SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s and a rare 35mm screening of occult fave EVILSPEAK.
Caroline Menard is a woman in her thirties who has lost everything. As she moves into a new apartment searching for a new start, she’s unaware that something ancient is waiting for her.
A sexual predator roams the streets and trains of Buenos Aires, a beautiful woman who uses sex to lure in her victims. A potent, punk rock spin on Euro-sleaze influences in this raw, erotic thriller.
Dir. Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel
A young Spanish girl living with her agoraphobic sister in their family's apartment discovers the real reasons behind her sister's strange behavior.
Dir. Louis Olsen, Luke Scott, Frances…
This WTF animated short made for New Zealand’s 48Hrs Furious Fimmaking Challenge spends six mind-melting minutes entrenched in the desperate delusions of an insomniac. The most essential psychiatric fantasy musical since ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER.
Fantastic Fest is proud to premiere the directorial debut of writer/actress Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS; GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE), an austere tale of a nun in isolation at a rural convent who is terrorized by an encroaching darkness… that may be coming from within.