Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fantastic Fest & IFC at Home

Every year towards the end of September a fan driven movie festival opens its doors in Austin, Texas called Fantastic Festival. Unlike most of the other film festivals around the globe, Fantastic Fest caters specifically to genre film and its loyal fans. This year Fantastic Fest has joined up with IFC Films and their new division IFC Midnight to bring those of us not lucky enough to attend the festival a chance to see 4 of the movies from the comfort of our own living rooms. Read the full details below...

This is not the first time festival films have been made available via Pay-Per-View in homes. Sundance and SXSW have worked with IFC in the past to bring selected genre titles to their OnDemand features available to Cablevision, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable subscribers. Those of you with DirecTV are out of luck, because while the satellite provider may have Sunday NFL Ticket, it most definitely does not have IFC OnDemand. "Heartless," "Red White & Blue," "Primal" and "High Lane" will all be available starting September 22nd along with 3 titles from 2009's Fantastic Fest; The Human Centipede: First Sequence, The Good The Bad and The Weird and Doghouse.

Below is the official breakdown of the 4 films that will be available via IFC OnDemand starting September 22nd as described by Fantastic Fest and IFC Midnight.

"Red White & Blue" directed by Simon Rumley
Erica (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Amanda Fuller) is a tough, troubled nymphomaniac with wounds across her soul. For Erica, sleeping with multiple men forms the core of her life, until she meets the mysterious Iraq vet Nate (The Proposition's Noah Taylor). Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t immediately want to sleep with her, and the two form a hesitant bond. But in a shocking twist, one of Erica’s earlier sexual encounters, with wannabe rock star Franki (Mark Senter), will have unexpected – and devastating – consequences on both of their lives. Hard-edged and uncompromising, "Red White & Blue," from director Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead), has already been compared to the works of such disparate filmmakers as Larry Clark and Sam Peckinpah. The film had its US premiere at SXSW, and was produced by Rumley and Bob Portal, and executive produced by Tim League, Judy Lipsey, Doug Abbott, and Adam Goldworm. It is the first film from Celluloid Nightmares, a new partnership between Paris-based Celluloid Dreams and Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, with the shared goal of bringing commercial, elevated genre films to audiences around the world. The film will have several theatrical screenings throughout the US and Canada this fall.

"Heartless" directed by Philip Ridley
Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe) leads a hugely-talented ensemble cast in this sublime British psychological thriller from cult UK director Philip Ridley (The Reflecting Skin, The Passion of Darkly Moon), who returns to the screen after a 14-year absence. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. Part Donnie Darko, part Guillermo del Toro, this dark urban tale takes its audience to the darkest and most violent corners of the human heart. The film also stars Clémence Poésy, Noel Clarke, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall, and was produced by Pippa Cross and Richard Raymond. The film recently won the Best Independent Film Award at the Toronto After Dark Festival. "Heartless" will open at the IFC Center in New York on 11/21 followed by select national dates.

"Primal" directed by Josh Reed
Primordial nature runs amuck in this expertly-played slice of neo-Ozploitation from Australian director Josh Reed. The film follows six friends on a field trip who set up camp in the remote wilderness of Australia. When one person takes a late-night skinny dip in a nearby waterhole, she becomes incredibly feverish and agitated, and soon regresses to a crazed predatory state in which her companions suddenly become the hunted. When another begins the same beastly transition, terror descends on the remainder as they realize it’s now kill or be killed. A frenzied visceral nightmare in the vein of Cabin Fever, "Primal" is a hugely enjoyable rollercoaster ride through primitive panic.

"High Lane" directed by Abel Ferry
Towering heights and beautiful vistas turn into a haunting mindtrip in Abel Ferry’s gripping French scarefest that will definitely make you think twice about your next mountain climbing trip. In the film, a group of friends on vacation in Eastern Europe embark on an ambitious mountain expedition along a trail that they discover – way too late – is closed for repair. The thrill of this foolish challenge quickly turns sour as it becomes clear that not only is the path a lot more dangerous than they thought, but also that they are not alone. Fear exposes old traumas and brings up hidden emotions to the surface, and soon, everyone is fighting tooth-and-nail for their survival.

So if you are like me and are unable to attend Fantastic Fest, no need to fret because at least you can share in these 4 select titles. The rest of the selections at Fantastic Fest however you will either have to make the trek out to Austin for or hope that all of the stuff you want to see eventually gets some kind of distribution here in the States.

Source: Fantastic Fest