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Edgar Wright's The World’s End to close Fantasia

Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy [pictured] among first wave of announced titles for upcoming genre festival.

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Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that the Canadian premiere of The World’s End will close this year’s festival on Aug 6.

Director Edgar Wright and selected members of the cast are due to be in attendance. In previous years, Fantasia hosted the Canadian premieres of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

James Wan’s The Conjuring will receive a special screening on the festival’s opening night on July 18, with actress Joey King in attendance.

Wright’s sci-fi comedy and Wan’s horror are among the first wave of titles to be announced for this year’s festival. Among them, the world premieres of Richie Mehta’s I’ll Follow You Down, starring Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson, and Lloyd Kaufman’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. One, with Kaufman in attendance.

Other titles announced include Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado’s Big Bad Wolves (Canadian premiere), SXSW hit E.L. Katz’s Cheap Thrills (Canadian premiere), Eddie Mullins’ Doomsdays (world premiere), Herman Yau’s Ip Man - The Final Fight (Canadian premiere), Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic (Canadian premiere) and Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek (international premiere).

The festival will also award a lifetime achievement award to Polish director Andrzej Żuławski at a special screening of Szamanka on July 25, and will also screen L’Amour Braque as a special co-presentation with Cinémathèque québécoise.

In conjunction with this event, Fantasia will be co-presenting (with the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies) a rare exhibition of Barbara ‘Basia’ Baranowska, best known in North America for her poster for Żuławski’s Possession.

As with previous editions, the festival will also host a live theatre event with 2013 seeing a three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ adaptation of Clive Barker’s play A History of the Devil, directed by Jeremy Michael Segal, on Aug 1-3 at the Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle.

The full lineup for this year’s festival, which runs July 18-Aug 6, will be announced on July 9. For further information, visit Fantasia’s website.

First wave titles

Across the River (Italy)
Dir: Lorenzo Bianchini
World Premiere

Big Bad Wolves (Israel)
Dirs: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Cheap Thrills (USA)
Dir: E.L. Katz
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by director E.L. Katz

Commando: A One Man Army (India)
Dir: Dilip Ghosh
North American Premiere

The Conjuring (USA)
Dir: James Wan
Special screening
Hosted by actress Joey King

Doomsdays (USA)
Dir: Eddie Mullins
World Premiere
Hosted by writer/director Eddie Mullins.

Halley (Mexico)
Dir: Sebastian Hofmann
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by writer/director Sebastian Hofmann

I’ll Follow You Down (Canada)
Dir: Richie Mehta
World Premiere
Hosted by writer/director Richie Mehta and producer Lee Kim

Ip Man - The Final Fight (Hong Kong)
Dir: Herman Yau
Canadian Premiere

It’s Me, It’s Me (Japan)
Dir: Satoshi Miki
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by writer/director Satoshi Miki

L’Autre Monde (The Otherworld) (France)
Dir: Richard Stanley
World Premiere
Hosted by director/co-writer Richard Stanley, co-writer Scarlett Amaris, composer Simon Boswell, editor Patrick Tremblay and cinematographer Karim Hussain.

Library Wars (Japan)
Dir: Shinsuke Sato
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by director Shinsuke Sato

Magic Magic (USA)
Dir: Sebastian Silva
Canadian Premiere

Metro Manila (UK/Philippines)
Dir: Sean Ellis
Canadian Premiere

Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. One (USA)
Dir: Lloyd Kaufman
World Premiere
Hosted by director Lloyd Kaufman

Szamanka (Poland/France/Switzerland)
Dir: Andrzej Żuławski
Special screening
Hosted by director Andrzej Żuławski

The Weight (South Korea)
Dir: Jeon Kyu-hwan
North American Premiere

Willow Creek (USA)
Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
International Premiere
Hosted by writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait

The World’s End (UK)
Dir: Edgar Wright
Canadian Premiere
Hosted by director/co-writer Edgar Wright and selected members of cast

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