Fantastic Fest, hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse is returning for its 13th year and bringing a host of programming that has now been fully unveiled.
Kicking off proceedings with this year’s opening night film is Martin McDonagh in attendance to present the US premiere of his comic and dark tale of loss and redemption, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. S. Craig Zahler also makes his return with the US premiere of 2018’s most hyper-violent slice of brute force, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. Barry Keoghan marks his first Fantastic Fest, sharing Yorgos Lanthimos’ savage horror epic THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER for the first time in the US.
According to Fantastic Fest, they’ll be “embracing cinema spanning from Egypt to Lebanon to Iraq to Afghanistan” and celebrating “the best of the region”. Highlights include Egypt’s rarely seen Rocky Horror Picture Show adaptation ANYAB and the International Premiere of the box office smash AL ASLEYEEN (aka THE ORIGINALS) directed by Marwan Hamed.
However, cinema from around the globe will be brought to Austin, Texas this year. Sweden is well represented with Ruben Ostlund’s THE SQUARE; Japan’s Takashi Miike brings his 100th feature, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL; Scotland is represented by John McPhail’s zombie musical, ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE; and Austrian Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitsky delivers COLD HELL.
Maine’s Stephen King is also represented by two standouts from Netflix’s “burgeoning genre slate”. GERALD’S GAME receives its US premiere along with the welcome return of Fantastic Fest alumni Mike Flanagan, who delivers a chilling adaptation of one of King’s most beloved bedside tales starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. And Fantastic Fest first-timer Zak Hilditch will be in attendance to share his perfectly precise vision of King’s uber-creepy novella, 1922, for its world premiere.
For those unable to make it to Austin this September, Fantastic Fest are planning on releasing some of this programming at three Alamo Drafthouse flagship theaters over the weekend of September 29th. Fans of genre films in San Francisco, Brooklyn and Denver will all witness an exclusive slate of Fantastic Fest titles. Tickets and badges are scheduled to go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information go to fantasticfest.com