The Fantasia Film Festival is one of the biggest genre film festivals of the year. Not only has it been home to amazing world and international premieres such as Millennium Actress, it also has been home to memorable entries like The Sadness. This year looks to be another strong year and the announcement of the second wave has bolstered the already impressive resume. Films include the reimagining of Japanese science-fiction icon, Justin Long teaming up with Kate Bosworth in a comedy-horror, and the North American premiere of a classic detective story.
Along with honoring John Woo, Fantasia will present its 2022 Canadian Trailblazer Award to Kier-La Janisse, who has shifted the paradigm of genre film discourse and inspired a new generation of artists. Janisse recently made her documentary debut with Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror. The film went on to win major prizes at SXSW, Fantasia, the Nashville Film Festival, Chattanooga and beyond. She is also an author, historian, and curator.
The films being shown are an excellent representation of genre cinema. Highlights include Shin Ultraman which will reunite the team that responsible for Shin Godzilla, Popran from One Cut of the Dead director Shinichirou Ueda, and a Japanese-South Korean co-production called missing about a serial killer on the loose. As ususal, there will also be anime and restorations of classic genre films.
The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place July 14 through August 3. The full lineup can be found HERE
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