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Fantasia highlights you won’t want to miss by Jennie Kermode

Fantasia highlights you won’t want to miss by Jennie Kermode
The 25th Fantasia International Film Festival opens this week, and there’s lots of great stuff to look forward to. We’ll be bringing you news, reviews and interviews with filmmakers and stars throughout. Today we’re looking at just five of the best feature-length films in the line-up. If you’re in Canada, catch them whilst you can. If not, keep your eyes open for them coming to a screen near you.

Glasshouse

Glasshouse

At an indeterminate time in the future, when human civilisation has been shredded by a pandemic which destroys memories, a small family group holds out in a glasshouse. They see themselves as protectors of knowledge, of tradition, but everything is thrown into crisis when a stranger arrives. Kelsey Egan’s sweetly melancholic fable is subtle in the telling, its big dramatic notes disguising a host of smaller clues which tell a larger story. Its central
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South Africa’s Local Motion Inks Three-Pic Pact With SVOD Showmax, Drops Trailer for Fantasia Premiere ‘Glasshouse’ (Exclusive)

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South Africa’s Local Motion Inks Three-Pic Pact With SVOD Showmax, Drops Trailer for Fantasia Premiere ‘Glasshouse’ (Exclusive)
South Africa’s Local Motion Pictures, whose dystopian sci-fi feature “Glasshouse” will world premiere at the Fantasia Intl. Film Festival this month, has signed a three-picture deal with leading SVOD service Showmax.

Under the agreement, which Local Motion signed in association with Crave Pictures, the company will produce a slate of films to be directed by “Glasshouse” helmer Kelsey Egan.

Associate producer Emma Lungiswa de Wet, who co-wrote “Glasshouse” with Egan, says the trio of films will shine a new and unsettling light on South Africa, which continues to reckon with the legacy of Apartheid nearly three decades since its transition to democracy.

“A dystopian slate allows us to look at the underbelly of the dream – what’s at the end of the Rainbow Nation?” said Lungiswa de Wet. “We have a long brutal history that we’re only beginning to come to terms with. We’re a newish democracy,
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Fantasia 2021 to Close with Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War – Guardians, Finale Wave Of Titles & Events Announced

Fantasia 2021 to Close with Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War – Guardians, Finale Wave Of Titles & Events Announced
The Fantasia International Film Festival begins in less than two weeks and we have a look at it's incredible offering of features, panels, and special events:

The Fantasia International Film Festival announces a massive new assortment of feature films for its 25th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes, special events, and our esteemed juries. On top of our impressive virtual slate of films, all geo-locked to Canada, and in addition to our globally accessible streamed events, the upcoming festival will also feature a limited number of in-person screenings in Montreal.

Fantasia begins August 5th with the World Premiere of Quebec zombie feature Brain Freeze— following the August 4th special event screening of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in celebration of the festival— and ends on August 25th with newly announced closing film, Takashi Miike’s hotly-anticipated The Great Yokai War - Guardians.

Takashi Miike Closes Out
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Takashi Miike’s ‘The Great Yokai War – Guardians’ to Close Quebec’s Fantasia Festival 2021

Takashi Miike’s ‘The Great Yokai War – Guardians’ to Close Quebec’s Fantasia Festival 2021
Quebec’s Fantasia Festival has unveiled the third and final wave of titles set to screen at this year’s 25th edition and announced that Takashi Miike’s latest feature “The Great Yokai War – Guardians,” will close the festival. The world premiere of Julien Knafo’s Quebec zombie flic “Brain Freeze” will open the festival following an Aug. 4 pre-fest screening of James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.”

“The Great Yokai War- Guardians” is the follow-up to Fantasia 2006 opener “The Great Yoki War,” and unspools in a fantasy world of Japanese demons, kaiju and pop culture references which proved a hit in Montreal the first time around.

Other key titles featured in the third wave lineup include Lee Won-tae’s “The Devil’s Deal,” his first film since “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” won Sitges’ best film award in 2019. BAFTA-winner Paul Andrew Williams’ (“Murdered for Being Different”) “Bull,” a revenge thriller,
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Jessica Alexander Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ Pic

Jessica Alexander Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ Pic
Exclusive: Jessica Alexander has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is on board to play King Triton.

The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall and is written by David Magee. The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

It is unknown who Alexander would be playing in the pic.

Alexander has certainly been busy this last year, having shot one of the leads of Ruth Paxton’s A Banquet opposite Sienna Guillory, which IFC have picked up.
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South African Shot Fried Barry Offers a Strange Film Trip: A Preview

South African Shot Fried Barry Offers a Strange Film Trip: A Preview
Fried Barry is a feature film from Ryan Kruger. Developed from a short film which was released last year, Fried Barry follows a burnout drug user (Gary Green) - who finds himself abducted by aliens. The short film won awards. Now, the feature is complete and set to show across the world. Fried Barry also stars: Leon Clingman, Francois Coertze and Kelsey Egan. The film's first, international trailer and early stills are featured here. Director Kruger has talked about the central character Barry and actor Gary Green, in an interview. Kruger says of Gary Green: "I’ve worked with Gary in numerous projects over the years and he’s always excelled as a character actor because of his unique look...carrying an entire feature film as the lead actor was another challenge entirely (Hellnotes)." This is actor Green's first feature role. Kruger also mentions the challenges in filming his first
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Crowdfund This! Help Send Kelsey Egan's The Bull To The World!

There's a wave of talent cresting in South Africa right now and while the film may be a short what we are able to see of Kelsey Egan's The Bull already makes it clear that it'll make an out sized splash. What do you get when you combine a cattle farm, a 7-day-old baby, corn chips, a mare about to foal, vegan chicken nuggets, a bull named Snapple, and ambitious filmmakers? Now you can find out! The Bull is a film about strength, longing, love and shape shifting. Set on an isolated farm, we follow a young woman through the last day of her pregnancy and discover the strange magic interwoven into her reality. Egan and crew made this film pretty much literally for nothing,...

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