Montreal’s Fantastia Festival will open with Takashi Miike’s Yatterman. Producer Yoshinori Chiba will be in attendance for the Canadian premiere.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Brazilian horror director José Mojica Marins.
The genre festival, now in its 13th year, has expanded the event for an extra two days, running July 9-29 at Concordia University’s Hall Theatre.
Programmes include Flirting With Chaos: The Sweet and Extreme Anti-Romantic Comedy with work including the world premiere of Andreas Schaap’s Must Love Death and and Caroline Labreche and Steeve Leonard’s Sans Sessein. There will also be a programme celebrating 100 Years of Hong Kong Cinema and a Cerebral Science Fiction sidebar.
In addition, the festival will pay tribute to Buddy Giovinazzo and host a touring series of vintage Japanese erotic cinema.
More than 115 features will play during the 2009 festival. They include Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse; Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel’s Deadgirl; Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; Yosuke Fujita’s Fine, Totally Fine; Thanakorn Pongsuwan’s Fireball; Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell The Dead; Uwe Boll’s Stoic; Park Chan Wook’s Thirst; Wilson Yip’s Ip Man; and Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy. Clive Barker will present two new films.