“Anomalisa,” Cannes Grand Prix winner “Son of Saul” and “Tale of Tales” round out Fantastic Fest offerings

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"Son of Saul"

Fantastic Fest announced its final wave of programming Wednesday, including Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s

"Anomalisa"

“Anomalisa”

stop-motion film “Anomalisa,” the Cannes Grand Prix winner and Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” and “Gomorrah” director Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales.”

Also look for the

"Son of Saul"

“Son of Saul”

world première of the thriller “Camino” with Zoe Bell and Fantastic Fest frequent flyer Nacho Vigalondo, the return of the Fantastic Debates, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani doing anight of stand up for a live version of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” a Doug Benson Movie Interruption featuring “Roar” and a live recording of his Doug Loves Movies podcast.

There’s also plenty of Asian action cinema with Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin,”  Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast” and two repertory titles from the Shaw Brothers Studio: Cheng Pei Pei’s “Come Drink With Me” and Gordon Liu’s “Eight Diagram Pole Fighter.”

"Satanic Panic"

“Satanic Panic”

And hey, former Drafthouse programmer/author Kier-La Janisse will close out the festival’s rep slate with a rare 35mm screening of satanic shocker “Evilspeak” to promote her new book “Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980’s” (which I cannot wait to read.)

 

Check out the full slate below

 

 

ANOMALISA

United States, 2015

Regional Premiere, 90 min

Directors – Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Charlie Kaufman’s newest story, a revolutionary and emotional stop-motion animation, follows an unhappy customer service guru looking for an escape from the monotony of his life.

 

THE ASSASSIN

Taiwan, 2015

US Premiere, 104 min

Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien

After failing to dispatch a corrupt government official, an assassin is disciplined by her master with a mission to murder her cousin (and former betrothed) in order to steal her heart against sentimentality. An immaculate and arresting romantic wu-xia from Taiwan’s chief art-house auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

THE BOY AND THE BEAST

Japan, 2015

US Premiere, 119 min

Director – Mamoru Hosoda

In the latest breathtaking animation by Fantastic Fest veteran Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME), nine-year-old Ren becomes the apprentice to beast warrior Kumatetsu and finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime in the beast world Jutengal.

 

CAMINO

United States, 2015

World Premiere, 104 min

Director – Josh C. Waller

A photojournalist gets more than she bargained for when she snaps a photo of a shadowy religious figure in the jungles of Colombia, triggering a flight – and fight – for her life.

 

COME DRINK WITH ME

Hong Kong, 1966

Repertory Screening, 95 min

Director – King Hu

One of the foundational classics on which all martial arts cinema is built, COME DRINK WITH ME stars the incomparably talented Chang Pei-Pei as an avenging warrior, Golden Swallow, on a mission to save the local governor’s son from the Jade-Faced Tiger’s gang.

 

DAG

Norway, 2015

World Premiere, 92 min

Director – Oystein Karlsen

A misanthropic relationship counselor, his (mostly) reformed hippy girlfriend, and his sex addict best friend drive this hugely popular Norwegian TV comedy from the creators of previous fest hit FUCK UP.

 

DANIEL’S WORLD

Czech Republic, 2015

North American Premiere, 75 min

Director – Veronika Lišková

Veronika’s Lisková’s brave documentary from the Czech Republic takes a very open, unflinching and non-emotional view of the most despised, misunderstood and taboo trait: pedophilia.

 

THE DEVIL’S CANDY

United States, 2015

U.S. Premiere, 90 min

Director – Sean Byrne

A struggling painter, his wife and his young daughter move into their dream house in rural Austin, Texas, but soon find themselves targeted by both satanic forces and the house’s previous occupants.

 

DOGLEGS

Japan/ USA, 2015

US Premiere, 89 min

Director – Heath Cozens

A look inside one of the world’s oddest wrestling leagues, where disabled fighters take on able-bodied opponents in brutal and bloody fights for their own dignity and self-respect. From where else but Japan?

 

THE EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER

Hong Kong, 1984

Repertory Screening, 98 min

Director – Chia-Liang Liu

The great martial arts choreographer Lau Kar-Leung directs this dark tale of betrayal, vengeance and honor, starring Gordon Liu and Alexander Fu Sheng (in his final screen role) as the sole surviving sons of a powerful family massacred in an act of brutal treachery.

 

FOLLOW

United States, 2015

World Premiere, 74 min

Director – Owen Egerton

When he blacks out after receiving a strange Christmas gift from his girlfriend, Quinn (Noah Segan) wakes the next morning to find his whole world crumbling around him.

 

THE GLORIOUS WORKS OF G.F. ZWAEN

The Netherlands, 2015

World Premiere, 110 min

Director – Max Porcelijn

A struggling writer turns to his accountant for help and instead discovers a trio of corpses and a bag of money. Could this be help of a different sort, or just a whole new world of trouble?

 

SATANIC PANIC Book Launch + Screening of EVILSPEAK (in 35mm!)

United States, 1981

Special Screening, 97 min

Director – Eric Weston

The hysteria known as the “Satanic Panic” made its way through every pop-culture pathway in the ‘80s. Relive the era with the launch of SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s and a rare 35mm screening of occult fave EVILSPEAK.

 

SCHNEIDER VS BAX

The Netherlands/Belgium, 2015

US Premiere, 96 min

Director – Alex van Warmerdam

A contract killer’s birthday plans are disrupted when he’s sent to dispatch a drunken writer in this delightfully dark comedy from Dutch auteur Alex van Warmerdam (BORGMAN).

 

SON OF SAUL

Hungary, 2015

Texas Premiere, 107 min

Director – László Nemes

Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the dead body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

 

SOUTHBOUND

United States, 2015

U.S. Premiere, 87 min

Directors – Radio Silence, Roxanne Benjamin, Patrick Horvath and David Bruckner

Somewhere on a stretch of desert highway, five groups of travelers will find themselves confronting an ever-changing feeling of dread through five interlocking, horrific stories.

 

TALE OF TALES

France, 2015

U.S. Premiere, 125 min

Director – Matteo Garrone

Monsters, magic and mayhem abound in the incredible stories of three royal families from nearby kingdoms in this ambitious fairy tale epic from acclaimed Italian auteur Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH, REALITY).

 

TIKKUN

Israel, 2015

Texas Premiere, 120 min

Director – Avishai Sivan

God’s plan for a Yeshiva student is disrupted when CPR saves his life. He is reborn into a surreal, sexual and disturbing new existence that tests his faith and his father’s mercy.

 

THE TREACHEROUS

South Korea, 2015

North American Premiere, 131 min

Director – Kyu-dong MIN

Considered the worst tyrant in the long and rather oppressive history of Korea, King Yeonsan enslaved a thousand women to serve his carnal desires. This bawdy, unexpurgated and almost surely exaggerated tale of his sexual exploits is the heir apparent to the notorious 1980s era Hong Kong CAT III classics.

 

THE WAVE

Norway, 2015

U.S. Premiere, 105 min

Director – Roar Uthaug

A Norwegian geologist and his family fight for their lives after the Akneset mountain pass crumbles into the fjord below, creating a huge tsunami that threatens to wipe out their town.

 

 

ZOOM

Canada/ Brazil, 2015

US Premiere, 96 min

Director – Pedro Morelli

Three very different people — an aspiring comic book artist with body image issues, an action director trying to make a more meaningful film, and a model struggling with her first novel — find their stories intersect in earth-shaking ways.

 


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