Films: Mental Illness

  • 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.
  • THE INVITATION
    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.
  • Love Eternal
    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.
  • 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.
  • Moebius
    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.
  • THE PASSING
    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.
  • PIN CUSHION
    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.
  • The Present
    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.
  • Retrocognition
    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.
  • SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD
    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.
  • SENSORIA
    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.
  • She Wolf
    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.
  • Shrew’s Nest
    A young Spanish girl living with her agoraphobic sister in their family's apartment discovers the real reasons behind her sister's strange behavior.
  • Sleep Clinic
    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.
  • Solitudo
    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.