with Pascal Grenier, Daria Gamliel, and Oslavi Linares for Cinetalk.net


Today (August 3rd) is the final day of Fantasia 2016. 20 days for a 20th anniversary. Cinetalk.net people saw their share of films. You can go back on our various publications about the fest here: (https://cinetalk.net/tag/fantasia-2016/)


Some of Pacal Grenier‘s highlights include: (in his own words) : The Wailing, from Korea, for the great visuals, several shifting tones and the best exorcism sequence since the glory days of Hong Kong horror films of the 80s. Heart Attack, a feel-good Thai movie with heart and depths, for the freshness of it’s take on romance and We are the Flesh with its formal qualities taking the viewer into a whirlwind of taboo subjects without excessive provocation.


Daria Gamliel‘s favors went to (as she wrote it) the intense Parasyte 1 with its great special effects, strong acting and sense of humor, but also touches on human emotion. Also, Familyhood begins as a witty critique of the Korean idol industry and smoothly goes into deeper subjects such as non-traditional familial bonds. And of course, Train to Busan, an action-packed Korean film with strong performances and plenty of disjointed zombies.


Since Film Fests are also about meetings, the Cinetalk.net team met a promising film scholar, Oslavi Linares, who was working for the fest. Since he is clever, knew his stuff, had good manners and we like Mexican people, we recruited him starting…  Now! Here’s two suggestions from him (that I had to shorten):  Four years in the making, Nova Seed (2016, Canada-Japan) is Nick DiLiberto’s one man’s show,  an animated tour de force that shows rather than tells, including several crowd sequences with elaborate characters’ movements and actions. The narrative is superior to many expensive studio works with a cast made of Nick Di Liberto and friends, acapella sound effects, dynamic editing, and synth music of classic low-budget type, Nova Seed goes beyond first impression and leaves a lasting one.


Revoltoso (2016, Mexico – Dir. Arturo Ambriz, Roy Ambriz), is a stop-motion short that, if not always cohesive, is a bright and dynamic collage.  It stands as a colorful tale that sums the Mexican Revolution; it is also an animation about Cinema and its entry into the Mexican Revolution, the first filmed conflict of the 20th century. Its narrative alternates between the epic and the childish and would be jarring were it not for the colorful and dynamic animation of its characters.


Sandro Forte fell for the Euro-Eastern dramas provided by the focus on Poland, either as «classic» for the restored Zulawski’s extravaganza, On the Silver Globe or the wonderful Demon for its restrained but cleverly written (with incisive dialogues) and acted take on possession stories (see Pascal’s review here :https://cinetalk.net/2016/07/16/fantasia-2016-demon-poland-marcin-wrona/)


Also the Polish Czech co-prod I, Olga Hepnarova, about a real-life serial killer during the communist era, shot in Glorious Black and white. I was even taken by the general insanity of the animated feature  Psychonautas (Daria made the review) for its dark overtones.


Well, that’s it for us and the friends at Fantasia. They’ll be there… We’ll be there in 2017.