UTOPIA 2012 - The Tel Aviv International Festival of Fantastic Film

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1. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 57,247 | Gross: $3.33M

Opening night, Local Premiere

2. Antiviral (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

55 Metascore

In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Lisa Berry, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 10,556

Closing night, Dir Brandon Cronenberg in attendance

3. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 108,826 | Gross: $4.01M

Official Selection, Best Film Award, Dir Colin Trevorrow in attendance

4. Sound of My Voice (2011)

R | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.

Director: Zal Batmanglij | Stars: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling, Davenia McFadden

Votes: 18,452 | Gross: $0.41M

Official Selection, Honorable Mention Award

5. Eva (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A shy genius is employed by his former university to design robot software.

Director: Kike Maíllo | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Alberto Ammann, Claudia Vega

Votes: 8,546 | Gross: $0.01M

Official Selection

6. A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

R | 100 min | Comedy

31 Metascore

A crime novelist, whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, must confront his worst fears, when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script.

Directors: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell | Stars: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins

Votes: 12,677

Official Selection

7. Lobos de Arga (2011)

98 min | Comedy, Horror

After 15 years, Tomas, a not very succesfull writer, comes back to the village in Galicia where his family comes from, Arga, apparently to get an award. But he doesn't know the real reason ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Martínez Moreno | Stars: Gorka Otxoa, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 2,008

Official Selection, Dir Juan Martinez Moreno in attendance

8. Extracted (2012)

R | 85 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A scientist who has invented a technique to watch people's memories finds himself in a dangerous situation after he's tasked with entering a heroin addict's mind to see whether the man committed murder.

Director: Nir Paniry | Stars: Sasha Roiz, Jenny Mollen, Dominic Bogart, Richard Riehle

Votes: 10,746

Official Selection

9. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 82,425 | Gross: $56.00M

Special Screening, Local Premiere

10. Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Killian Coyle, Stuart Graham, Michael Hough, Richard Coyle

Votes: 14,998

11. Death of a Superhero (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Animation, Drama

A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon | Stars: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Lilly Forgach, Ian Fitzgibbon, Michael McElhatton

Votes: 3,087 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Thale (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods. When Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Nordaas | Stars: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, Morten Andresen

Votes: 5,085

Producer Bendik Heggen StrØnstand in attendance

13. Ruby Sparks (2012)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 87,783 | Gross: $2.54M

14. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young man returns to his recently deceased mother's charming gothic revival home, only to discover a sinister presence lying within that may be linked to a peculiar cult run by two strange brothers.

Director: Rodrigo Gudiño | Stars: Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings, Stephen Eric McIntyre

Votes: 3,712

15. Bellflower (2011)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".

Director: Evan Glodell | Stars: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman, Rebekah Brandes

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $0.17M

16. Dimensions (I) (2011)

101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Cambridge, England, 1921 - or so it seems. A brilliant young scientist becomes obsessed with finding a way back to his past - no matter what the cost.

Director: Sloane U'Ren | Stars: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey, Olivia Llewellyn

Votes: 405

17. The Awakening (I) (2011)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu

Votes: 57,358

18. Dead Shadows (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Chris' parents were murdered on the same day the Halley comet was visible from Earth. Eleven years later, a new comet lights up the Parisian sky, but as the night goes on, people begins to transform into horrible creatures.

Director: David Cholewa | Stars: Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon, Rurik Sallé

Votes: 989

19. The Last Push (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

When a tragic accident cuts short the first manned mission to explore life on the moons of Jupiter, Michael Forrest must make the 3 year journey home to Earth in pure solitude.

Director: Eric Hayden | Stars: Khary Payton, Lance Henriksen, Brian Baumgartner, James Madio

Votes: 1,361

21. Het leven uit een dag (2009)

94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

What if you lived your entire life in one day? And you'd have, but one time, to enjoy each moment: the first kiss, going to school, growing up, making love. In Marc de Cloe's Life in One ... See full summary »

Director: Mark de Cloe | Stars: Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Lois de Jong, Tygo Gernandt, Hadewych Minis

Votes: 568

22. Pulp (2013)

94 min | Comedy

Thunder Racers, Infinite Finity, Rat Warriors. Junk Comics' titles have been referred to as 'the worst printed material since Mein Kampf'. Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Adam Hamdy, Shaun Magher | Stars: Jay Sutherland, Simon Burbage, Gavin Molloy, Neil Jennings

Votes: 179

23. Shuffle (2011)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he's going to be once he falls asleep.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: T.J. Thyne, Paula Rhodes, Chris Stone, Meeghan Holaway

Votes: 1,228

24. 22 mei (2010)

88 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened.

Director: Koen Mortier | Stars: Titus De Voogdt, Jan Hammenecker, Sam Louwyck, Tristan Versteven

Votes: 665

Belgian Fantastic Films, Guest Speaker - Chris Orgelt, Content Director of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

25. Het varken van Madonna (2011)

109 min | Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Traveling salesman Tony Roozen and his newest gadget, Porky (a robotic pig) end up stranded in the tiny hamlet of Madonna where deep and lasting political conflicts have disrupted village ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Van Passel | Stars: Kevin Janssens, Wine Dierickx, Nico Sturm, Elise Bottu

Votes: 572

Belgian Fantastic Films, Guest Speaker - Chris Orgelt, Content Director of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

26. Codebreaker (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

Directors: Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman, Paul McGann, Asa Briggs

Votes: 909

Documentary Program

27. Orphans of Apollo (2008)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary

Join this band of rebels out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private Gulf Stream jet, fly to Russia, negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier.

Directors: Becky Neiman, Michael Potter

Votes: 12

Documentary Program

28. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,123,691 | Gross: $206.85M

Batman Trilogy Marathon

29. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,927,539 | Gross: $534.86M

Batman Trilogy Marathon

30. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,307,735 | Gross: $448.14M

Batman Trilogy Marathon

32. Anachnu Lo Levad (2011)

90 min | Drama

Eddie is a lonesome young man who works as a security guard at a big shopping mall. Eddie strongly believes in an old prophecy predicting the very near end of all human civilization. Just ... See full summary »

Director: Lior Har-Lev | Stars: Iris Abramovich, Tal Ben-Bina, Efrat Ben-Yaakov, José María Blanco

Votes: 24

Israeli Program Also included in the Israeli Program: A Pizza Place from the Past Sharon Maman's Trash

33. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 994,339 | Gross: $53.09M

Special Screening, Author Christopher Priest in attendance, Modern Classic

34. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Horror

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 19,668 | Gross: $5.98M

Classics Program