The Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival is gearing up for its sixth year this November 3rd–12th in Ithaca, NY. With just more than two weeks until kick off, Ithaca Fantastik has announced its full feature and short film lineup; 37 films from over 20 countries! the IF team promises this year’s festival will be a Fantastik ride—so buckle up!
From the Press Release:
2017 has been a prolific year for genre films and IF programmers have narrowed the field to thrill every flavor of Fantastik fan. In LET THE CORPSES TAN, Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani pay visual homage to Italian gangster films. Marc Meyers’s award-winning MY FRIEND DAHMER, based on the graphic novel of the same name, follows the teenage years of the budding serial killer. Ryan Prows’s mesmerizing and gritty LA tale LOWLIFE takes viewers on a high-energy organ-harvesting misadventure. And Deborah Haywoods’s beautifully disturbing and deeply personal PIN CUSHION explores inter-generational bullying in a small but toxic English town.
Playing to a full range of IF6’s retrospective theme—Italiano Psichedeliko—with a contemporary eye, Rupert Jones’s murder-mystery, KALEIDOSCOPE, mesmerizes with lush visuals and amazing performances from Sinead Matthews and Toby Jones. Rainer Sarnet’s NOVEMBER plunges vanguard film-lovers into a surrealist maelstrom of faith, witchcraft, and love, while German tale FREDDY/EDDY ushers in a doubled and troubled soul from the mind of Tini Tüllmann.
ny pure horror lovers in the room? Giddens Ko’s MON MON MON MONSTER blows minds with its thoughtful subtext on bullying dressed with gory violence. A Taiwanese echo to Haywoods’s PIN CUSHION, this film takes no prisoners. The same can be said about Gabriela Amaral’s FRIENDLY BEAST: What starts out as a classic social drama makes a sharp turn into more graphic territory demanding self-reflection. And for undead action, Robin Aubert’s LES AFFAMÉS—an art house Zombie film full of deep social commentary—is a brilliant homage to maestro George Romero’s ghoul metaphor.
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Sometimes, real life is more Fantastik than fiction. Brad Abrahams’s documentary, LOVE AND SAUCERS, tells the improbable story of David Higgins’ intimate love for an alien and the art that followed. For sheer genre joy, Australian mockumentary TOP KNOT DETECTIVE is Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce’s madcap love letter to late-night Japanese television—from Lone Wolf and Cub and Mute Samurai to Message from Space and Space Sheriff Gavan.
IF completes this year’s smorgasbord with the crazies: Adolfo Kolmerer and William James’s SNOWFLAKE, the prodigal son of Pulp Fiction and Synecdoche NY, with producer Eric Sonnenburg here for the sceening; Thomas Berg and Frederik Waldeland’s super-weird, laugh-out-loud VAMPYR VIDAR; and Jimmy Henderson’s JAILBREAK with its roots in HK martial arts cinema, Jean Paul Ly’s choreography, dynamic camerawork, and the incisive power of a Tony Jaa elbow strike. These films will inspire guilty pleasure and deep love with their absolute audacity and inventiveness.
IF also shines a spotlight on BLUE UNDERGROUND, Bill Lustig’s distribution company, with the 4K restoration of Gary Sherman’s DEATH LINE, a direct transfer from the camera negative—as close as you can get to a director’s true vision! Another new 4K transfer, Bob Clark’s DEAD BY NIGHT, offers a deep meditation on the effects of war …with a zombie trope. Gary Sherman and Bill Lustig will present these respective films to a yet-to-be-blown-away audience!
Along with this incredible lineup, IF is excited to present its 2017 art show: THE STRANGE COLORS OF GILLES VRANCKX featuring the work of the Belgian poster genius behind art for Amer, The Strange Colors of Your Body’s Tears, LET THE CORPSES TAN, and more. Vranckx will appear as an IF special guest at the show’s opening reception on Thursday, November 9.
Learn more at ithacafilmfestival.com and follow IF on twitter @IFantastikNY or Facebook and Instagram at Ithaca Fantastik.
THE ENDLESS (Ithaca Premiere)
Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson, USA
THE CRESCENT (Ithaca Premiere)
Seth A. Smith, Canada
I REMEMBER YOU (Ithaca Premiere)
Óskar Thór Axelsson, Iceland
PIN CUSHION (East Coast Premiere)
Deborah Haywood, UK
VAMPYR VIDAR (East Coast Premiere)
Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland, Norway
FREDDY/EDDY (East Coast Premiere)
Tini Tüllmann, Germany
FRIENDLY BEAST (US Premiere)
Gabriela Amaral, Brazil
LES AFFAMÉS (East Coast Premiere)
Robin Aubert, Canada
SNOWFLAKE (East Coast Premiere) With producer Eric Sonnenburg in attendance!
Adolfo J. Kolmerer, Germany
Opening & Closing
TRAGEDY GIRLS (Ithaca Premiere)
Tyler McIntyre, USA
A DAY (East Coast Premiere)
Sun-Ho Cho, South Korea
HAGAZUSSA: A Heathen’s Curse (Ithaca Premiere)
Lukas Feigelfeld, Germany
INFLAME (East Coast Premiere)
Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, Turkey
LET THE CORPSES TAN (East Coast Premiere)
Bruno Forzani/Hélène Cattet, Belgium
NOVEMBER (Ithaca Premiere)
Rainer Sarnet, Iceland/Estonia
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (East Coast Premiere)
Issa López, Mexico
TOP KNOT DETECTIVE (Ithaca Premiere)
Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce, Australia/Japan
Fantastik Documentary: FOREVER LOVE!
BIGHT OF THE TWIN (Ithaca Premiere)
Hazel Hill McCarthy III, USA
LOVE AND SAUCERS (East Coast Premiere)
Brad Abrahams, USA
BRAVESTORM (North American Premiere)
Junya Okabe, Japan
SAMURAI RAUNI (North American Premiere)
Mika Rättö, Finland
ZOMBIOLOGY (Ithaca Premiere)
Alan Lo, Hong Kong
KALEIDOSCOPE (East Coast Premiere)
Rupert Jones, UK
JAILBREAK (East Coast Premiere)
Jimmy Henderson, Cambodia
LOWLIFE (East Coast Premiere)
Ryan Prows, USA
SEQUENCE BREAK (Ithaca Premiere) With director Graham Skipper in attendance!
Graham Skipper, USA
MY FRIEND DAHMER (Ithaca Premiere)
Marc Meyers, USA
BLUE UNDERGROUND PRESENTS with Bill Lustig in attendance!
DEATHLINE (Ithaca Premiere) With director Gary Sherman in attendance!
Gary Sherman, UK 1972
DEAD OF NIGHT 4K Restoration (North American Premiere)
Bob Clark, 1974
Mon Mon Mon Monster (New York Premiere)
Giddens Ko, Taiwan
ITALIANO PSICHEDELIKO: Retrospective
Armando Crispino, 1975
Corrado Farina, 1973
Tinto Brass, 1967
Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli 1975
Dario Argento, 1977
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Mario Bava, 1968
Born of Sin
William Boodell – USA
Jenny Secoma In: The Blind Spot
Jack Warner – USA
No Man’s Land: A Folktale
Ty Turley – USA/Sierra Leone
Julien Homsy – France
Ludovic de Gaillande – France
Gigi Saul Guerrero – Canada
Carlos G. Gananian – Brazil
Raquel Fogel – USA
Evocation of a Nightmare
Wally Chung – USA
Waiting for Pascale
Guillaume Harvey – Canada
Phillippe McKie – Japan
Erenik Beqiri – Albania
Zoey And The Wind-Up Boy
Marica Petrey – USA
I Am The Doorway
Robin Kasparik – Czech Republic
Miriam is Going to Mars
Michael Lippert – USA
Ashlea Wessel – Canada
It Began Without Warning
Jessica Curtright & Santiago C. Tapia – USA
L. Gustavo Cooper – USA
Killing Klaus Kinski
Spiros Stathoulopoulos – Colombia/Netherlands
What Comes From a Swamp
Tyler Macri – USA
Viola vs. The Vampire King
Kevin Fermini – USA
Daumon Khakpour & Travis Pulchinski – Canada
Eliane Lima – USA
Norma Vila – Spain
Signal to Noise
Jarret Blinkhorn – USA
Nicholas Santos – USA
A Father’s Day
Mat Johns – UK