We’re reaching final stage at Fantasia 2017.
There is still much to see if you want to catch up within the next days. It ends on August 2, the closing film being South Korea’s A Taxi Driver. The same day (at 6:30) don’t miss the 4K restoration (supervised by legendary cinematographer Luciano Tovoli) of Dario Argento’s seminal horror film, Suspiria (1977). Note that the programming team added a special showing, the North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s Samurai fantasy Blade of the Immortal (July 31st).
Then, our final statement (some of the films we reviewed still showing) …
While she mostly went for Japan, Daria’s roundup of favorites includes Cocolors for its digital animation imitating traditional Japanese woodblock printing with great layered background artwork, plus a heartwarming ending (playing this afternoon of July 29, 4:15 PM). Her short review, here: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/28/fantasia-2017-cocolors-japan-2017/
With Rage (also playing tonight at 8:30PM), Daria noted the fine acting, picturesque locations and intricate story with a difficult subject matter. Her full critique here: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/28/fantasia-2017-rage-lee-sang-il-2016/
There is a, much welcome, added screening (this Sunday July 30, 12:00 PM, Salle J.A. De Sève) for Thai sensation, the delightful exam cheating comedy Bad Genius. My short review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/27/fantasia-2017-bad-genius-thailand-2017/
For my part I went for film from countries who’s relative absence on our screens during the rest of the year makes them exotic. Poland’s Spoor (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/29/fantasia-2017-spoor-poland-2017/) is finally shown on July 30, 9:00 PM at Concordia’s Théâtre D.B. Clarke and August 1, 2:45 PM at Salle J.A. De Sève).
November (from Estonia), is a compelling, beautiful and fascinating folk tale (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/21/fantasia-2017-november-estonia-2017/) .
China’s Free and Easy offers a tranquil but loony narrative that deserves praises (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/18/fantasia-2017-free-and-easy-china-2017/).
Daria’s heart also melted for The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue with its beautiful cinematography, typical Japanese location scenery and outcast characters finding their way. Her review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/20/fantasia-2017-the-tokyo-night-sky-is-always-the-densest-shade-of-blue-japan-2017/
We both loved Japan’s Junk Head, for its elaborate sets , attention to visual details and more. My Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/24/fantasia-2017-junk-head-japan-2017/
So, that’s it for us at Fantasia… until 2018.