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The features that make their premiere at Fantastic Fest tend to get much of the attention, but don’t forget that you’re likely to see some great short films at the event as well. Fantastic Fest is known for their extensive short film selection and this year is no different:
“Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the short film lineup for the ninth edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 19th- 26th in Austin, Texas at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Short films provide an outlet for filmmakers to showcase their genre talents in a format with fewer restraints, making them a Fantastic Fest favorite. Fantastic Fest is wildly excited that longtime festival comrade Kier-la Janisse is now our lead shorts programmer. Kier-la created the notorious CineMuerte Film Festival in Canada, and was the first full-time film programmer for the Alamo back in the “wild west” days. She has since gone on »
- Jonathan James
It’s almost that time of the year, when filmgoers, filmmakers and everyone else make their way to Austin, Texas for the annual Fantastic Fest. This year’s Ff will host the world premiere of Machete Kills, screenings of Cheap Thrills, Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, Keanu Reeves’ Man Of Tai Chi, The Cabal Cut of Nightbreed, the premiere of the Patrick remake (starring You’Re Next heroine Sharni Vinson), Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching and many more films/events. Last year saw You’Re Next star/mumblecore king Joe Swanberg hand Devin Faraci his ass in the annual debate/boxing match held at the festival every year, and the tradition will be sure to continue, this time with two new faces stepping up to argue/fight.
Today, Fantastic Fest has announced the complete lineup of short films playing at the festival (happening September 19-26th), and judging from the roster, »
★★★★☆ "There's nothing but trouble and desire" repeats one individual in Simple Men (1992). Occurring at the midpoint of the film, it's an accurate précis of Hal Hartley's fourth feature; like his preceding films, it's about the pursuit of romance against certain obstacles, but there's a sense of innocence lost in Simple Men, an air of resignation and melancholy hanging in the air. The pace is tighter than his earlier work, but the dialogue feels pricklier, jagged to the point of cynicism. It was a transitional film for Hartley, ushering in the aesthetic maturity and world-weary scepticism he would later perfect in Amateur (1994).
After being double-crossed by his girlfriend during a heist, Bill (Robert Burke) is determined to seduce then dump the next woman he sees. Meanwhile, his brother Dennis (Bill Sage) is on a mission to find their lost father, a revolutionary who has been in hiding for twenty years. »
- CineVue UK
Director: Hal Hartley
Running time: 105 minutes
It is hard to believe, but before Robert Burke played the devious Bart Bass on CW’s teen hit Gossip Girl, he was a regular cast member of Hal Hartley’s indie films; one of the most well known being Simple Men, which was also entered for competition in 1992’s Cannes Film Festival.
Simple Men is a weird old road trip movie following two brothers as they are trying to find their father after he escapes from prison. If you’re expecting a whole load of shenanigans you’d be completely wrong, even if parts of Simple Men do appear out of the blue – like the random monologues and a mechanic busting out a guitar solo outside a garage. »
- Lucy Cave
Director: Hal Hartley
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Amateur is a 1994 crime thriller by writer/director Hal Hartley. The mid-90s were a time when cinema was oozing cool crime flicks thanks to filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and crime writers such as Elmore Leonard therefore it would be easy for a film to simply fall between the cracks and become just another forgotten genre entry. There’s no such concern for Amateur, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
The main thrust of the plot sees a man (Donovan) awaken on a city street with no memory of who he is. He is soon taken in by an ex-nun (Huppert) who now writes erotica for magazines. Right away this story seems to be quirky and familiar enough to take us on an enjoyable and unexpected journey. Unfortunately Hartley has other ideas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Sharp and witty but shot throughout with resonant tragedy, celebrated American indie auteur Hal Hartley's Amateur (1994) is a twisted metaphysical thriller that has been hailed as one of his greatest works. To celebrate the long-awaited 13 May DVD and Blu-ray rerelease of Hartley's classic, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan and Elina Löwensohn, we've kindly been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of Amateur to give away, courtesy of our friends at distributor Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
An ex-nun (Huppert), trying to turn her hand to writing pornography, meets Thomas (Donovan), a recovering amnesiac in search of his estranged wife. The two set out in search of Thomas' past but soon discover a trail of secrets leading to the dark, violent »
- CineVue UK
Director: Guy Maddin
Producer(s): Phyllis Laing
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Maria de Medeiros, Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Amira Casar, Adèle Haenel, Ariane Labed, Elina Löwensohn, Mathieu Demy, Jean-François Stévenin, André Wilms, Grégory Gadebois, Jacques Nolot
High set of profile actors join one crazy project which is best described by the avant-gardist himself – “Over eighty percent of silent films are lost. I’ve always considered a lost film as a narrative with no known final resting place — doomed to wander the landscape of film history, sad, miserable and unable to project itself to the people who might love it.”
Gist: Every day, Guy Maddin invites visitors of the Centre Pompidou to witness the making of a new film inspired by a long-lost movie. Summoning these wandering spirits of cinema in theatrical “séances”, Maddin and his actors inhabit their ghostly scenarios. »
- Eric Lavallee
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