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First wave of 2014 Fantasia films announced, poster revealed!

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Montreal’s annual Fantasia international film festival is always a must-attend event, and this year (taking place July 17-August 5) is no different, as demonstrated by the wide range of features in the 2014 lineup. The fest’s poster has just been unveiled as well.

This year’s poster, created by award-winning Quebec illustrator Donald Caron, pays tribute to three greats of fantastic cinema: Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J Ackerman. Another legend of the fantastique, anime master Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON), will receive this year’s Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award before a special screening of a new HD master of GHOST.

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As for the movies, the opening film will be the Canadian premiere of the black-comic satire JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN, from comic-book genius Riad Sattouf; the centerpiece presentation will be James Gunn’s eagerly awaited Marvel adventure GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; and other features to be screened include:

• AMONG THE LIVING, the latest from the INSIDE duo of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

• ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE, the big-screen version of James D. Rolfe’s popular web series, directed by Rolfe and Kevin Finn

• BOYHOOD, the one-of-a-kind coming-of-age drama filmed over a dozen years by Richard Linklater

• BROS BEFORE HOS, the latest outrageous comedy from Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil of the NEW KIDS flicks (which means it’s a must-see)

• CYBERNATURAL, directed by Leo Gabriadze and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, in which cyberbullies responsible for a teenager’s suicide encounter a mysterious presence on-line

• CROWS EXPLODE, the latest installment in Japan’s CROWS ZERO franchise about high-school delinquents, directed by Toshiaki Toyoda

• DEALER, a French underworld thriller from Jean Luc Herbulot

• GIOVANNI’S ISLAND, a post-WWII drama told via anime by Mizuho Nishikubo

• THE HARVEST, the latest chiller from HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER’s John McNaughton, starring Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Charlie Tahan and Peter Fonda

• HAN GONG-JU, an award-winning study of a troubled teenage girl by Lee Su-jin

• THE HUNTRESSES, action and slapstick with sword-wielding female bounty hunters in medieval Korea, directed by Park Jae-hyun

• I ORIGINS, in which ANOTHER EARTH director Mike Cahill and star Brit Marling reteam for another trippy science-fiction drama, centering on the study of and obsession with the human eye

• INTO THE STORM, in which a series of tornadoes devastate a small town, from FINAL DESTINATION 5’s Steven Quale

• KILLERS, from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers (a.k.a. Kimo Stamboel and V/H/S/2’s Timo Tjahjanto), about the collaboration and conflict between two serial murderers

• KITE, the live-action adaptation of the controversial manga, directed by Ralph Ziman and starring Samuel L. Jackson

• LIVE, a survival-race thriller from Japanese wild man Noboru Iguchi

• THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET, in which a laid-off worker’s murder of his ex-boss leads to further violence, from Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian

• THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, the debut feature by Sarah Adina Smith, about three sisters drawn to a bottomless lake that claimed their mother

• MISS GRANNY, a K-Pop comedy about a grandmother who gets a second chance at life in the body of her 20-year-old self, directed by Hwang Dong-hyeuk

• MONSTERZ, the remake of the Korean film HAUNTERS by Hideo Nakata of RINGU and DARK WATER, showcasing the battle between good and evil men with psychic abilities

• ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI, a martial-arts epic directed by Wong Ching-Po and featuring action choreography by legends Yuen Woo-Ping and Yuen Cheung-Yan

• PREDESTINATION, the latest from the Spierig Brothers (UNDEAD, DAYBREAKERS), a time-bending, noir-inflected sci-fi thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook

• PUZZLE, Eisuke Naito’s survival-horror film in which high-school teachers and students must play a deadly game

• THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO, a twisty sci-fi drama from Dan Bush (one of the directing trio from THE SIGNAL), about a scientist who awakens from a coma with no memory and must be retrained in life by his twin brother

• THE RUN, a nonstop Malaysian actioner following a former soldier out to avenge his family, directed by Ahmad Idham

• SUBURBAN GOTHIC, the new supernatural horror/comedy from EXCISION’s Richard Bates Jr., starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs and John Waters

• THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, Andrew Leavold’s documentary in which he attempts to track down the 2-foot-9-inch Filipino star of the cult favorite FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY

• SWEET POOLSIDE, a story of first love between two swim-team members from Daigo Matsui

• THE WHITE STORM, a wide-ranging crime drama from Hong Kong veteran Benny Chan

• YASMINE, a coming-of-age/sports drama teaming first-time director Siti Kamaluddin and veteran action choreographer Chan Man Ching

There’s lots more still to be announced, so keep your eyes here and on Fantasia’s official site for more in the coming weeks!

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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