NY! See “GRAND PIANO” and the entire Fantastic Fest Tour this weekendMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Fantastic Fest is a very special thing indeed. The annual Austin, Alamo Drafthouse-centric celebration of international, genre and boundary pushing film has gained quite the reputation and helped introduce many a fan and press alike to both the highly anticipated and true discoveries. This year, as the Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand its way around the U.S., the festival’s creators saw fit to bring a delightful selection of 2013 Fantastic movies to audiences nationwide, including Eugenio Mira’s stylish, wonderful thriller GRAND PIANO, which at the Yonkers, New York stop of the tour, will see introduction from myself.
Fantastic Fest Tour 2013 gets underway at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (2548 Central Park Avenue) this Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. with Ari Folman’s acclaimed, cinematically minded sci-fi feature, THE CONGRESS. Following at 10 pm. is the aforementioned GRAND PIANO, from Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Mira and starring Elijah Wood as a masterful concert pianist whose life is threatened mid-performance.
A stunningly crafted and stylish bit of suspense, Mira own voice also calls up the likes of De Palma and Argento in GRAND PIANO, flourishing in a confined space and composing one hell of a crowd-pleaser. It will look ravishing on the big screen and is experienced best with an audience (our review). After all, at Fantastic Fest this year, one moment garnered mid-movie applause. That’s, of course, to say I’m quite excited to introduce the film this Friday and cheers beers and watch it all over again with everyone.
Throughout the rest of the weekend is an equally heavy, not-to-be-missed lineup of acclaimed and absolutely excellent 2013 festival films. Saturday sees Aharon Kashales & Navot Papushado’s grim, blackly comedic BIG BAD WOLVES (our review); E.L. Katz’s deservedly praised and rowdy peek into the exploitation of the lower class, CHEAP THRILLS (our review); and intensely weird Dutch home invasion piece BORGMAN (our review).
Sunday still, hosts Korean thriller CONFESSION OF MURDER, Stephen Chow’s latest JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS and the immense, invigorating WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL from Sion Sono.
For the full lineup, tickets and times, head to Alamo Yonkers. It’s the place to be this weekend.