Austin, TX—Thursday, September 5, 2013— Fantastic Fest is excited to announce its final wave of film programming, including Terry Gilliam’s unique dystopian vision of the future, The Zero Theorem, as the closing night film on September 26th. The ninth edition of Fantastic Fest, will take place September 19 - 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas. See below for descriptions of twenty-five new World, North American & US premiere films at this year’s festival.
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (USA, 2006)
Director - Jonathon Levine, 98 min
All the boys love Mandy Lane and all the girls want to be her. There’s at least one person, though, that wants Mandy and her friends dead.
CHANTHALY (Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Mattie Do, 98 min
A sickly young woman experiences visions of her dead mother. Is the apparition simply a side effect of her daily medication, or her mother actually reaching out to her from beyond the grave?
CONFESSION OF MURDER (Korea, 2012)
Director - Jeong Byeong-Gil, 119 min
After the statute of limitations expires on a series of high profile murders, a man writes a book claiming to be the killer, setting off a firestorm of media attention as the families of the dead and the cop in charge of the case hunt for justice.
DETECTIVE DOWNS (Norway, 2013)
Director - Bård Breien, 90 min
What makes Robert a unique P.I. isn’t that he has Down Syndrome; it’s that he uses empathy to solve his cases. And empathy will come in handy as he investigates a complicated, conspiracy-laden disappearance.
THE DIRTIES (Canada, 2013)
Director - Matt Johnson, 83 min
A pair of cinema-obsessed high school geeks are caught up in an escalating cycle of violence when the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (USA, 2013)
Director - Randall Moore, 90 min
A family vacation at the happiest place on Earth devolves into a hellish nightmare.
THE FAKE (South Korea, 2013)
Director - Sang-ho Yeon, 101 min
Yeun Sang-ho’s follow-up to THE KING OF PIGS tells the story of a brutal scumbag who tries to expose a religious fraud.
FATAL (South Korea, 2013)
Director - Lee Don-ku, 103 min
A Korean teen’s desire to overcome a horrible crime committed as a youth turns into violence in Lee Dong-ku’s passionate and moving debut.
GATCHAMAN (Japan, 2013)
Director - Touya Sato, 113 min
The classic anime series – known variously as BATTLE OF THE PLANETS and G-FORCE – explodes on the big screen with its first live action adaptation.
GREATFUL DEAD (Japan, 2013)
Director - Eiji Uchida, 97 min
A young female peeping tom develops a fatal attraction to a virile old man.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (USA, 2013)
Director - Frank Pavich, 88 min
This is the story of the greatest film never made: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s DUNE.
JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS (China, 2013)
North American Premiere
Directors - Stephen Chow & Chi-kin Kwok 110 min
One of the undisputed Chinese masters of comedy, Stephen Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER; KUNG FU HUSTLE) returns with an action-packed love story about competing demon hunters vying for the same conquests.
LOVE ETERNAL (Ireland, 2013)
Director - Brendan Muldowney, 94 min
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.
METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER 3D (USA, 2013)
Director - Nimród Antal, 92 min
Director Nimrod Antal creates a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event, combing a bold narrative and spectacular live-performance footage of one of the most influential rock bands in history.
MISS ZOMBIE (Japan, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Hiroaki Tanaka, 85 min
Cult director Sabu returns with his first original story in a decade! When a family has a zombie unexpectedly delivered to their house, they decide to keep her as a domestic servant.
MOEBIUS (South Korea, 2013)
Director - Kim Ki-duk, 89 min
A transgressive taboo-shattering psychodrama from Korean auteur Kim Ki-Duk.
MONSOON SHOOTOUT (India, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Amit Kumar, 88 min
When a rookie cop corners a suspected murderer, he must make a choice with far-reaching effects in this violent Indian thriller.
NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR (USA, 2013)
Director - Isaac Florentine, 95 min
Scott Adkins returns as Casey Bowman, a Ninjitsu master out to avenge the death of his wife in director Isaac Florentine's follow-up to his 2009 film NINJA.
RAGNAROK (Norway, 2013)
Director - Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, 100 min
The ancient and modern worlds collide in this rousing Norwegian action adventure.
RIGOR MORTIS (Hong Kong, 2013)
Director - Juno Mak, 105 min
A former movie star gets a battle he didn’t bargain for when he moves into a haunted public housing tenement inhabited by various degrees of the undead.
THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS (France, Belgium, 2013)
Directors - Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet
A man finds violence and sex at every turn as he searches his apartment building for his missing wife in this stylish mystery from the directors of AMER.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (USA, 2013)
Director - Jim Mickle, 105 min
Director Jim Mickle paints a gripping portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive.
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (USA, 2013)
Director - Simon Hawkins & Zeke Hawkins, 91 min
Three fun-seeking teenagers end up on the VERY wrong side of a bloodthirsty crew of rural crimelords.
WOLF (The Netherlands, 2013)
Director - Jim Taihuttu, 120 min
Freshly released on parole and hailing from an immigrant family, Majid’s only real assets are his fists. He’s inexorably drawn into the worlds of competitive fighting and organized crime in this gritty crime thriller.
THE ZERO THEOREM (United Kingdom, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Terry Gilliam, 107 min
An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof – once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being.
Look for more film & event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.
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About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of FRANKENWEENIE, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine.
Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest include Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival; Fandango, the #1 moviegoer destination and Alamo Drafthouse ticketing partner; Sony 4k, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology; and FEARnet, a multi-platform programming service delivering original and acquired horror, thriller, and suspense content as a cable TV network, a video-on-demand service and website.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.