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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 07.15.19]

The 2019 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival kicked off in Montreal on July 11 and until August 1, the city will play home to a wide assortment of films; from festival favourites to new discoveries which are likely to burn up the genre festival circuit for the remainder of the year.

While this year's Cheval Noir competition includes already buzz-worthy titles such as Sergio Casci and Veronika Franz's The Lodge (trailer) and Carlo Mirabella-Davis' Swallow, the competition also features Brett and Drew Pierce's new take on witchcraft films The Wretched as well as Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.'s period horror Mystery of the Night among others.

The official selection offers a little something for everyone with new genre-bending comedies from Riley Stearns' The Art of Self-Defence to Ant Timpson's Come to Daddy, the Canadian premieres of Larry Fessenden's latest Depraved, and Pollyanna McIntosh's Darlin' (review), the North American premiere of Jovanka Vuckovic's hotly anticipated Riot Girls as well as other Canadian offerings including Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein's charming Freaks and Rob Grant's Harpoon (trailer).

Other program streams include Action! which celebrates the genre with everything from classics like First Blood to one of South Korea's latest offerings No Mercy, the Axis sidebar which celebrates animation with titles such as the award-winning Away to China's White Snake, Camera Lucida which includes more experimental titles and Documentaries from the Edge featuring a selection of documentary films on exploitation filmmaker Al Adamson (Blood & Flesh) to how Winnipeg played a role in making Phantom of the Paradise a cult favourite (Phantom of Winnipeg).

For a full line-up of titles, screening information and tickets, visit the Fantastia wesite.

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