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FANTASIA FESTIVAL TOP PICKS

FANTASIA FESTIVAL TOP PICKS

Action, comedy, horror — it’s all here

Chinese director Geng Jun’s Free and Easy: a gorgeous tragi-comedy.

ARIEL ESTEBAN CAYER Director of the Camera Lucida section

1. Free and Easy (July 17 at 9:45, July 20 at 5:30, Concordia’s de Sève Cinema, 1400 de Maisonneuve St. W.)

From independent Chinese filmmaker Geng Jun comes a gorgeous tragi-comedy which finds humour and absurdity in petty crime, bureaucracy and futile displays of power. Imagine a cross between early Jim Jarmusch, Jia Zhang-ke and the Coen Brothers, with the deadpan factor turned up to 12.

2. The Honor Farm (July 15 at 8 p.m. and July 17 at 3:30 p.m., de Sève Cinema)

A trippy coming-of-age tale from Texas filmmaker Karen Skloss offering a touching vision of female adolescence with just the right balance of horror, psychedelia and tartness to make the typical prom night/teen movie feel fresh again.

3. Animals (July 16 at 4:45 p.m. and July 18 at 3 p.m., de Sève)

Greg Zglinski’s story of a failing marriage is marked by a complete mastery of form — as the relationship disintegrates, so does the film’s sense of reality. A brilliant surrealism takes over, setting up a gripping central mystery: what is going on? Fans of David Lynch’s dream logic and Andrzej Zulawski’s apocalyptic passion will be delighted.

NICOLAS ARCHAMBAULT

Co-director of Asian programming

4. A Taxi Driver (Aug. 2 at 8:45 p.m., Concordia’s Alumni Auditorium, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.)

With the legendary Song Kangho (The Host) in the title role, a director of the calibre of Jang Hoon (Secret Reunion) at the helm and an absorbing script based on tragic events little-known in the west, A Taxi Driver calls upon the cinephile and the citizen in each of us. I’m extremely proud to present such a powerful, important film to the Fantasia audience.

5. A Day (July 22 at 7:25 p.m., Alumni Auditorium)

In South Korean director Cho Sun-ho’s debut feature, a surgeon is stuck continually reliving the day his daughter died. He can never change anything, but it turns out he is not the only prisoner of this infernal time loop. An enthralling dramatic thriller, full of ingenious twists cleverly reimagining the premise of Groundhog Day.

ÉRIC BOISVERT

Director of the Action section

6. Jailbreak (July 21 at 6:45 p.m., Alumni Auditorium; July 29 at 7:30 p.m., de Sève Cinema)

Hand-to-hand combat reigns as a special police unit must stop a prison riot. Italian director Jimmy Henderson opens the door to an extremely promising potential franchise while revealing the immense cinematic talent hiding in Cambodia.

7. Savage Dog (July 15 at 7:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium)

After spending time in a Cambodian jail where he is forced to compete in organized fights, a former IRA member (Scott Adkins of The Expendables 2) gets pulled back into the ring. Jesse V. Johnson’s ’80s-’90s throwback rewinds to a time when TV screens sweated testosterone.

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (July 24 at 6:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium)

Two and a half decades after revolutionizing action cinema, James Cameron presents a restored, 3D version of his classic film.

MITCH DAVIS

General director, director of international programming 9. Lowlife (July 21 at 9:25 p.m., Alumni Auditorium)

American filmmaker Ryan Prows’ debut feature is one of the most exhilarating discoveries we’ve come across in years. A thriller, crime film, comedy and deeply empathetic drama with beautifully scripted, atypical characters and shock value to spare, this one-of-a-kind blast of eccentricity will have you sweating, screaming, laughing and

crying as it surprises at virtually every turn.

10. Spoor (July 30 at 9 p.m. at D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.; Aug. 1 at 2:45 p.m. at de Sève Cinema)

Polish cinema legend Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Secret Garden) makes her first foray into genre storytelling at nearly 70 years of age. A retired teacher struggles to defend the animals of her area against cruel-hearted hunters — who begin turning up dead with paw tracks by their bodies. A beguiling and eccentric film of paralyzing beauty and emotion that plays like a cry against fundamental disrespect for living things while also speaking to patriarchal systems of violence. Genuinely radical.

11. Mayhem (July 30 at 9:15 p.m., Alumni Auditorium).

From American director Joe Lynch (Everly) comes an absurdist, blood-soaked comedy-action-horror hand-grenade thrown in the face of cutthroat corporate culture, starring The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun. A legal firm is under siege by its own employees, who are contaminated by a virus that temporarily renders them unable to control their impulses. A bonkers-crazy film full of gonzo wit and gore, Mayhem is also sharp, calculated and subversive to the extreme.

KING-WEI CHU

Co-director of Asian programming

12. Bastard Swordsman (July 23 at 2:45 p.m., July 29 at 3 p.m. at de Sève Cinema).

Can the infamous silkworm technique — involving web spins, lots of flying and cocoon combat — bring balance to the martial world in old China? From director Tony Liu, one of the directors who redefined martial arts cinema over 30 years ago. Get ready to be blasted with an avalanche of unfettered lunacy in this phantasmagorical, 1983 kung fu classic.

13. Bad Genius (July 16 at 4:30 p.m., D.B. Clarke; July 21 at 5:15 p.m. at de Sève Cinema).

Two super-smart students concoct elaborate schemes to help others cheat on exams. It’s Mission Impossible meets The Breakfast Club in Nattawut Poonpiriya’s exciting coming-of-age thriller, which opened the New York Asian Film Festival and aced the Thailand box office.

14. Wu Kong (July 18 at 7 p.m., Alumni Auditorium).

Award-winning director Derek Kwok (Gallants, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons) reboots the famous Monkey King legend from the popular internet novel, with fresh vigour of epic proportions. You’ll love it for 10,000 years.

Montreal Toy Con, Nov 6

Don’t forget the ToyCon this weekend!

   Cathy

The next Montreal ToyCon will be happening on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Ville St Laurent.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous conventions and are looking for the best and brightest toys for your collection, be sure to check it out! There will be comic book and toy dealers selling GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Lego and tons more. We also invited the Lego Club and several different Cosplay clubs (Ghostbusters, Batman, and Star Wars). We’d love to see you there. For more details, visit our website.

Once again, the address is:

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St Laurent, QC H4M-2Z5
(Near Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)

Date and Time: Sunday, November 6th from 10am to 4pm
Admission $5

Montreal ToyCon

We have news from Montreal ToyCon:

 

The next Montreal ToyCon will be happening on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Ville St Laurent.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous conventions and are looking for the best and brightest toys for your collection, be sure to check it out! There will be comic book and toy dealers selling GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Lego and tons more. We also invited the Lego Club and several different Cosplay clubs (Ghostbusters, Batman, and Star Wars). We’d love to see you there. For more details, visit our website.

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St Laurent, QC H4M-2Z5
(Near Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)

Date and Time: Sunday, November 6th from 10am to 4pm
Admission $5

 

Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree

 

This is one of those occasions when you need to borrow somebody’s kid.

hall-treeTHE HALLOWEEN TREE

Written by Ray Bradbury
Adapted and Directed by Amanda Kellock

On Halloween night, five friends meet up to go trick-or-treating. But their best friend, Joe Pipkin, is too sick to go. He tells them to meet at The House, an old, deserted place in the ravine that none of them have ever dared to visit on Halloween night, but when they arrive, instead of Joe they encounter a mysterious man named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud… What follows is an epic journey into The Undiscovered Country to find out the hidden secrets of Halloween and to save Joe Pipkin.
Schedule

Friday, October 21: 7pm
Saturday, October 22: 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, October 23: 2pm
Saturday, October 29: 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, October 30: 2pm

Free stop motion workshops

From the Stop Motion newsletter Vol 8, #5 (Download the full newsletter by clicking here.)

I think this should be interesting for some of our members, and it is FREE !! ( There are pictures of the activity HERE.)

Stop Motion hands-on workshop stations
Saturday, September 17th and Sunday September 18th from 12 PM to 4 PM (Free)

Join us on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 12 PM to 4 PM in the atrium of the EV Building at Concordia University (1515 Ste-Catherine West). Our hands-on workshops are free for everyone.  

During the Festival Stop Motion Montreal weekend, there will be free stop motion animation workshops open to all ages. Led by local animators, several stop motion techniques will be presented, including puppet animation, claymation, toymation and pixilation. Our hand-on stations are perfect for experimenting and trying out different techniques. Bring along your USB key to take your animation home as a souvenir!

Stop Motion Festival info Letter, Vol 8 #4

You can download the complete info letter from the Stop Motion Festival from here.

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The important stuff:

The Festival is fast approaching with less than 3 weeks remaining until the 8th edition kicks off! Festival VIP Pass sales continue online via La Vitrine.com until September 15th while quantities last. Passes will also be available for purchase on site for 60$* at the box office during the Festival.

* Visit our web site to know all detail about prices and tickets counter opening hours.

Our full virtual program is now available online!

You can also now download a free PDF version of our full program, complete with calendar of activities and Festival poster on our website! Click here to view it

JOIN US FOR MonSFFA BBQ THIS SUNDAY!

NEXT CLUB EVENT IS THIS WEEKEND!

SUNDAY, JULY 17

MonSFFA’s Summer Barbecue-in-the-Park

10:30AM-4:30PM; Parc Angrignon, Lasalle (Angrignon Metro)

All Club Members, their Families and Friends Invited!

Bring your Own Food and Drink; Club will Supply Cooking Grill.

MonSFFA has scheduled its traditional summer Barbecue-in-the Park this year for Sunday, July 17. In the event of a forecast of rain on that date, we’ll bump festivities to the following Sunday, July 24. (If the skies seem suspect on the morning of the 17th, check the MonSFFA Web site—MonSFFA.ca—for any eleventh-hour bulletins regarding postponement, or not, of the event.)

We take this occasion to extend a most cordial invitation to all club members, and their families and friends, to join us in the  park this coming Sunday.

We’ll gather at about 10:30-11:00AM under or nearby our usual stand of trees in  Parc Angrignon, Lasalle (Angrignon Metro). You’ll find us behind the Metro/bus station and just a short walk from the parking lot adjacent the now-shuttered “Farm”, or petting zoo (see map, below).

Bring your own food and drink; MonSFFA  will supply a small cooking grill. We usually commandeer a couple of picnic tables for the day, but you may wish to cart along a folding chair of your own, or a picnic blanket, and perhaps a card or board game, ball, or Frisbee. And don’t forget your sunscreen!

The printed version of Warp 95 will be available for distribution at this club event.

Do join us for a pleasant afternoon of easy conversation, refreshing drink, and tasty food amongst fine company!

HERE’S A MAP TO THE BBQ SITE…

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…AND A FEW SNAPS FROM LAST YEAR’S CLUB BBQ:BBQ20

Master chef?

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