Fantastic Fest Adds More Films to 2013 Lineup


Fantastic Fest 2013 posterYesterday, Fantastic Fest announced the second wave of programming for the ninth year of the festival, taking place September 19 - 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. See below for descriptions of 19 movies making their world, North American or US premieres next month in Austin.

Locally, fan excitement is increasing for the fest, with just over a month until curtain. Film Threat and contributor Noah Lee (@noahphex on Twitter) maintains a playlist on his blog of all available trailers for announced Fantastic Fest titles, which he just updated after yesterday's announcement.

Fantastic Fest is always friendly to returning talent, and the additions to the lineup include titles directed by festival veterans Ben Wheatley (Sightseers), Shion Sono (Love Exposure), Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus), Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), and Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood).

A few Austin and Texas-connected cast and crew are in the announced films: Austin resident Elijah Wood appears in Eugenio Mira's film Grand Piano. Blue Ruin star Kevin Kolack was born in Austin. Robin Wright, voicing the lead in The Congress, was born in Dallas and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame earlier this year. Finally, Sarah Shahi, also in The Congress, was born in Euless, a graduate of SMU and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

Here's the list of films added to the Fantastic Fest 2013 lineup, with descriptions from the press release:

A FIELD IN ENGLAND (England, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Ben Wheatley, 90 mins
During the British Civil War, when magic was science, an alchemist forces a group of deserters to help him locate buried treasure, and sends them all straight into the mouth of madness.   

AFFLICTED (Canada, 2013)
US Premiere
Director - Clif Prowse, 85 mins
Derek and Clif, best friends documenting their journey across the world, are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes down with a sinister sickness.   

US Premiere
Director - Joe Begos, 80 mins
A man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances returns to wreak havoc upon a small town.

US Premiere
Director - Jeremy Saulnier, 90 mins
A homeless man aims to avenge his dead parents when their killer is released from prison, triggering a chain of events that will only end in more blood.

World Premiere
Director - James Ward Byrkit, 127 mins
On the night a comet is passing near Earth, a dinner party takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.   

CONGRESS, THE (Israel, Germany, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Ari Folman, 122 mins
Robin Wright (playing herself) receives the last offer she'll ever get from a Hollywood studio in Ari Folman's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's classic sf novel, the filmmaker's follow-up to Waltz with Bashir.   

World Premiere
Director - Oren Carmi, 91 mins
A psychopath develops a dangerous obsession with a schlubby computer programmer. 

GRAND PIANO (Spain, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Eugenio Mira, 90 mins
A renowned concert pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage for one final performance, only to become the target of a sadistic cat-and-mouse game with a faceless sniper (John Cusack).   

Texas Premiere
Director - Yuichi FUKUDA, 105 mins
A new hero has arisen in Japan: One with fishnet stockings, a mankini, and a pair of women's panties over his face. When conventional justice fails, make way for the Hentai Kamen.

North American Premiere
Director - Kankuro Kudo, 119 mins
A middle-school student prone to wild daydreams devotes his waking hours to stretching and flexibility exercises with the ultimate goal of one day being able to lick his own penis.   

MIRAGE MEN (United Kingdom, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - John Lundberg, 85 mins
A mind-scrambling documentary that posits that popular myths about the existence of UFOs originated from a disinformation campaign by the U.S. government.   

O'APOSTOLO (Spain, 2013)
Texas Premiere
Director - Fernando Cortizo, 87 mins
Gothic legends are brought to life by gorgeous stop-motion animation in this adult fantasy film from Spain.

North American Premiere
Director - David Perrault, 94 mins
Freshly returned home from a stint in the French Foreign Legion, Victor finds work as a reluctantly villainous masked wrestler in this marvelously crafted ode to film noir from first-time director David Perrault.   

PATRICK (Australia, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Mark Hartley, 95 mins
Nurse Kathy Jaquard didn't expect a lot of trouble on the coma ward but she gets more than she can handle when she meets the telekinetic Patrick in Mark Hartley's remake of the Ozsploitation classic.  

PROXY (USA, 2013)
US Premiere
Director - Zack Parker, 120 mins
American director Zack Parker delivers an unexpected, nasty little thriller about a woman whose life spins out of control following an attack on her unborn child.

SEPTIC MAN (Canada, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Jesse Thomas Cook, 83 mins
An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his town's sewage treatment plant.  

Austin Premiere
Director - Ric Bienstock, 82 mins
David Cronenberg narrates this fascinating documentary about the secret world of international organ trafficking.   

US Premiere
Director - Shion Sono, 126 mins
Things get insanely bloody when an inspiring film troupe known as The Fuck Bombers collide with a yakuza boss who wants to make a movie with his daughter, in Fantastic Fest veteran Shion Sono's (Love Exposure, Suicide Club) latest.   

US Premiere
Director - Alex de la Iglesia, 120 mins
Hit Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus) returns to Fantastic Fest with a hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.