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All Our Fantastic Fest Coverage

1 October 2010 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

After eight crazy days, Fantastic Fest 2010 is in the books. Here's an index to all of our coverage, reviews, features, interviews, videos, and podcasts.

Last Updated: 10/01/2010


"Red," directed by Robert Schwentke

"Agnosia," directed by Eugenio Mira

"Bibliotheque Pascal," directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

"Corridor," directed by Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm

"Fatso," directed by Arild Fröhlich

"Fire of Conscience," directed by Dante Lam

"Ip Man 2," directed by Wilson Yip

"I Saw the Devil," directed by Kim Ji-woon

Kidnapped," directed by Miguel Angel Vivas

"Let Me In," directed by Matt Reeves

"The Man From Nowhere," directed by Lee Jung-beom

"Outrage," directed by Takeshi Kitano

"Red White and Blue," directed by Simon Rumley

"A Somewhat Gentle Man," directed by Hans Petter Moland

"Sound of Noise," directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson


Mark Hartley, "Machete Maidens Unleashed"

Ryan Kwanten and Patrick Hughes, "Red Hill"

Andrew Lau, "Legend of the Fist"

Ryan Reynolds and Rodrigo Cortés, »

- Matt Singer

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Fantastic Fest Diary Day 7: The Life And Death Of A Porno Gang, Red, Fatso and Undocumented; plus Karl Urban Talks Dredd

30 September 2010 8:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On the seventh day, there was levity. And it was good. After a brutal sixth day at Fantastic Fest 2010, the penultimate seventy day finally held a few films to break up the constant barrage of disturbing images. Of course, those lighter films were sandwiched others featuring mass gay rape and immigrant torture, plus the so-called “lighter films” did contain self castration as well as a barrage of bullets. It’s still Fantastic Fest after all, it’ll never be puppy dogs and ice cream. Hit the jump to read about The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, Red, Fatso, Undocumented, and Karl Urban talks Dredd.

The Life and Death of a Porno Gang is a Serbian film about a filmmaker trying to make his way in the world. His journey leads him into porn, erotic theater, and eventually on a trip as the head of a traveling sexual theater group. »

- Germain Lussier

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Scandinavian Interiors: "Corridor" and "Fatso," Reviewed

24 September 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2010.

The lonely men of the Swedish "Corridor" and the Norwegian "Fatso" have a lot in common. They live by themselves, they're uncomfortable with other people, they like to eat in front of their TVs, and their solitary lives are disrupted by flaky, outgoing girls who drive them nuts with their loud lovemaking and demands for interaction.

The woman in "Corridor" (written and directed by the Johans Lundborg and Storm) is Lotte (Ylva Gallon), a hairdresser who corrals her downstairs neighbor Frank (Emil Johnsen) into first helping her move desk, then in loaning her some laundry detergent, then in shifting her boyfriend Micke's (Peter Stormare) motorcycle. Micke has some anger issues, and Frank, an anal-retentive med student who would rather spend all of his time studying, finds the addition of Lotte and her lover to the building begins to really get in the way of his work. »

- Alison Willmore

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Fantastic Fest 2010 Is Bringing The Norwegians To Austin

16 September 2010 9:45 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Next week, the film community will take a break from all of these high brow film festivals, to descend upon Austin Texas for the epic genre festival, Fantastic Fest. We’ve previewed several of the films that will be premiering at Fantastic Fest, and they just announced a few more films, from those lovely vikings up in Norway.

Criterion alum, Stellan Skarsgård (Insomnia, The Perfect Murder, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being) plays Ulrik in Hans Petter Moland’s comedy A Somewhat Gentle Man. You’ll also be able to catch Arild Fröhlich’s 2008 film, Fatso, as well as Thomas Cappelen Malling’s Norwegian Ninja. It’s nice to see some of the more comedic Scandinavian films being represented amongst so many darker genre films at the festival.

While there are going to be a number of Asian genre films represented at the festival, it’s clear that Fantastic Fest is a global event. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Fantasia 2010: Fatso (2008)

26 July 2010 6:01 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

This is the ninth film review in the coverage of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. If you expect to see a dumb comedy, Arild Fröhlich's Fatso will prove you that your expectations were wrong. In fact, the Norwegian film Fatso is one of the few comedies about sex that, on the surface, looks vulgar, but hides many layers of depth.

Rino (Nils Jørgen Kaalstad) is a fat and lonely man living in an appartment. When he's not translating instruction manuals from German to Norwegian, Rino likes to watch pornographic films and jerk off. Besides, in his wildest dreams, Rino also sees himself as a sexually hungry rhinoceros named Captain Cock, a comic book character Rino created. One day, Rino gets a new roommate in the form of Malin (Josefin Ljungman), a beautiful Swede who came to Norway to study. While Malin treats Rino like a friend at most, »

- (Anh Khoi Do)

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Fantasia 2010: Fatso Review

14 July 2010 4:12 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Our thanks to Nicolas Krief of Panorama Cinema for the following review and Maude Michod for the translation.]

Based on its sexually suggestive poster and trailer, Fatso appears to be about a fat pervert and his relationship with the female body. Rino lives alone, works as a translator and draws comic books in his spare time; however his main hobby is masturbation. Along with his friend Fillip, he goes to strip clubs and have strange sex habits and discussions. However, his life is about to change when his father introduces him to Malin, his new female roommate.

Fatso sometimes tries to be a Scandinavian equivalent of There's Something About Mary without offering any particularly successful laugh gags. However, the film is not a complete failure as many eccentric characters save the film by adding a good dose of pathos. Fillip (Kyrre Hellum), an unforgettable supporting character, has a fascinating screen presence and a peculiar physique, and we simply cannot wait for him to appear on screen.

Fatso is »

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Fantasia 2010: First Event Information and Films Announced!

29 June 2010 12:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Several press releases went out today featuring some huge news coming out of Canada's Fantasia Film Festival including the first batch of films that will be populating this massive three-week long event. Pull up your chair, kids! You're gonna be here for a while!

Dig on the wealth of information below from today's releases and look for more announcements and of course full coverage soon!

Spotlight: Between Death And The Devil

Recent times and crimes have seen extraordinary levels of disillusionment with organized religion, particularly with the Catholic Church, and genre cinema has mirrored this anger with startling impact. In the face of this, we’ve put together this troubling spotlight focused on the abuse of faith, the horrors of ideology and the corruption of Godliness. Several of these films will absolutely stagger you.

Black Death (UK) Dir: Christopher Smith – North American premiere. Hosted by Director Christopher Smith

With the Black Death sweeping across England, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Fantasia 2010 Brings The Best Of The World To Montreal!

29 June 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

You want the best of genre film from Canada, the Us and around the globe? Fantasia is the place.

Montreal, June 29, 2010 - For its fourteenth edition, the Fantasia Film Festival is proud to present over 50 titles from Asia. Once again, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China are widely represented, demonstrating the great quality and diversity of their industries. And, as always, the programming team is also dedicated to exposing several hidden gems hailing from emerging national cinemas. Through these, audiences can discover new visions and new sensibilities. Therefore, the public will be privy to works hailing from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and - a first for the festival - Indonesia. The filmic multicultural feast prepared by the 2010 Fantasia Film Festival promises to satisfy film lovers of all kinds.

Fantasia's 2010 occidental lineup of World Cinema is once again on fire with an astounding kaleidoscope of styles and sensibilities. »

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