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Once a year, my body starts buzzing with anticipation, my
mind theorizing as to what films will be playing, what guests will attend and
what discoveries I will be making, until the Fantasia film festival program is
inevitably revealed and expectedly blows my brain to bits. What follows is
excitement akin to the one that comes with packing your bag and knowing that in
the morning, you will be taking a plane to a wonderful and exotic place, where
nothing will matter but the journey at hand.
And while there is no luggage to pack and very little
geographical space to cover, the places I’m about to visit and the sights I’m
about to see will rival the world’s most impressive wonders. I’m about to
embark on a cinematic odyssey unlike any other, and yours truly will do his
best to bring you every thrilling detail of this 23-day descent into madness.
This blog will be driven by pure rabid enthusiasm, and what I lack in old-timey
wisdom, I will make up tenfold with youthful enthusiasm. For having experienced
Fantasia before—at a much more limited and barely legal age, it has to be
said!—I know that a lot of sleep deprivation and unhealthy life choices await!
This blog will shed light on the legendary festival’s lifestyle, as well as
integrate reviews and insight on the best and the worst of this year’s gigantic
anniversary edition. A hint:
RED STATE, Kevin Smith’s first, hotly anticipated foray into
the horror genre, is just around the corner, followed by British sensation
ATTACK THE BLOCK, Yudai Yamaguchi’s sports-splatterfest follow-up to
BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL appropriately entitled DEADBALL and the world premiere of
THE THEATER BIZARRE, which—as you know already—features more talent than you
can wrap your head around. Add to that a handful of (most probably) equally
crazy films such as the survival thriller A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, the
science-fiction indie ANOTHER EARTH, a repertory screening of THE WICKER MAN
with Robin Hardy in attendance…and that’s just a glimpse of the first weekend!
Stay tuned for Fango’s own ALMOST FAMOUS experiment, every
day of the Fantasia film festival, which takes Montreal by storm from July 14
to August 7!
FANGO AT FANTASIA
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