10 items from 2015
Epic Pictures Group Co-Founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have accepted Wizard World Chicago's respected closing night invitation for their highly anticipated, award-winning horror film, "Jeruzalem." The Paz Brothers-helmed project will have its U.S. premiere at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival on August 23rd at the giant Wizard World Comic Con Chicago. Winner of the Audience Award and Best Editing Awards at the recent 32nd Jerusalem International Film Festival, "Jeruzalem" is expected to play to an Sro audience at the Muvico Theatre.
"Jeruzalem" is directed by Doron & Yoav Paz (Tiff and Berlinale’s "Phobidilia") and stars breakout actress Yael Grobglas ("Jane the Virign," "Reign," Rabies"), Yon Tumarkin (Berlinale’s Panorama Award-winner "Rock Ba-Casba," TV’s "Split") and Tom Graziani ("A Place in Heaven"). The chilling story follows two American girls on vacation who join a mysterious and handsome anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio is caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travelers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them.
Epic Pictures, one of the fastest rising independent all-in-one studios based in Hollywood, also has the opening night film, the long awaited "Tales of Halloween" on Aug 20th, as well as its quirky horror romance, "Nina Forever," screening at the festival on August 23rd.
"Jeruzalem"comes out in U.S. theaters later this year.
Epic Pictures Group will also release Sundance retro hit "Turbo Kid" on August 28th. The company produces, finances, licenses and distributes top-quality and unique entertainment across the world. Since its inception in 2007, Epic Pictures has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic movie studios in the entertainment industry, hand-picking only the most exciting projects and shaping them from script to launch.
- Carlos Aguilar
There are two ways to approach a film such as Jeruzalem, from writer/director brothers Yoav Paz and Doron Paz (Phobidilia (trailer)): as a beacon of things to come for the nascent wave of Israeli genre cinema (as it's being hyped), and as a straight-up horror film meant to entertain and scare you. Does it work on either count?
In Jeruzalem, two American girls embark on a trip to Tel-Aviv to party on vacation, but their plans are altered when they meet a handsome young man on their flight who persuades them to start their vacation in Jerusalem over Yom Kippur instead. Little do they know that they are about to witness literal hell on Earth, as the [Continued ...] »
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
The Jerusalem Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of pics that will compete for the Haggiag Awards, Israel’s top movie kudos, at the upcoming 32rd edition.
Mixing socially/politically engaged movies and high-concept genre features, the Jerusalem festival’s roster includes “A.K.A. Nadia,” a U.K./Israeli film directed by Tova Ascher, the helmer of “Lemon Tree” and “The Human Ressources Manager”; Hadar Morag’s “Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me”; Yoav and Doron Paz’s “Jeruzalem”; Evgeny Ruman’s “The Man in the Wall”; Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun” and Nitzan Gilady’s “Wedding Doll.”
“A.K.A Nadia” centers on Maya Goldwasser, who was born into a Muslim family and forged herself a new identity to become a Jewish career woman. But 20 years later, Maya’s past resurfaces, forcing her to face the intolerance and xenophobia within Israeli society.
“Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me” follows the journey of Muhammad, »
- Elsa Keslassy
As the Marché du Film opens for business, film production, financing and sales triple-threat Epic Pictures Group will set up shop with two buzzy genre projects: the multi-directed anthology film "Tales of Halloween" and Israeli horror feature "Jeruzalem." "Jeruzalem" is about two American friends on vacation in Jerusalem who get caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse as the resurrection erupts on Judgment Day. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, they must fight for survival as all hell breaks loose. Directed by brothers Doron and Yoav Paz (Tiff 2009 and Berlinale’s "Phobidilia"), "Jerzualem" stars Yael Grobglas ("Jane the Virgin") and is shot entirely from a Pov perspective via a head-mounted camera. The found footage-style is a trend among contemporary horror pictures, including recent "As Above, So Below." Read More: Climate Change at Cannes, Where Pre-Buys »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The vacation gone wrong story. We've seen it quite a bit over the last few years but while the mainstream titles (As Above, So Below, The Pyramid) have failed to deliver, the indies have managed far better (Afflicted (review), Spring) and here comes another indie that seems poised to continue the trend.
“There are three gates to hell. One in the desert. One in the ocean. And one in Jerusalem.” This Talmud verse sets the stage for a new found-footage horror movie from the Israeli film directing duo the Paz Brothers, Jeruzalem.
It was just announced today that Jeruzalem will make its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival come July 22, and a first trailer has just been released for this story about some American tourists trapped in the Holy Land on the day that Hell opens up. Read the full synopsis below:
Two American girls on vacation follow a mysterious and handsome anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio are caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travelers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury »
- Brian Welk
Halloween is coming to Montreal this summer, as the star-studded (both in front of and behind the camera) anthology horror film, Tales of Halloween, is scheduled to make its world premiere at the festival. JeruZalem, Turbo Kid, Deathgasm, and many more movies are also slated to screen:
Press Release -- "Montreal, May 6, 2015 – The 19th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to rush Montreal with three weeks of cinematic inspiration and fantastical visions from across the world from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
Our complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s an early First Wave Announcement of selected highlights and info to whet your appetite for the exciting things to come!
Unveiling Our 2015 Poster Art: Fantasia Continues Its Celebration Of Regional Folklore With The Wendigo
In recent editions, Fantasia has showcased poster art informed by various regional legends and myths, »
- Derek Anderson
The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, now in its 19th year, is one of our favorite festivals around and a fan favorite for Sound on Sight readers for several years now. This year’s festival runs July 14 to August 4, and the first wave of films on the lineup has just been revealed.
Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, with Paul Rudd, will be the opening night film, along with the Japanese animated film Miss Hokusai. Miss Hokusai comes from Production I.G., known for its other classics including A Letter to Momo and Giovanni’s Island.
Fantasia ’15 will also be home to several World Premieres, including Tales of Halloween, a collection of 10 short horror stories, and Jeruzalem, a horror film from Israeli directors and Tiff honorees Yoav and Doron Paz (Phobidilia).
The Canadian indie Turbo Kid, which we first caught up with at Sundance this year, will also be having its »
- Brian Welk
10 items from 2015