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FANTASIA 2021

Run for your life, as Fantasia adds more European gems to its line-up

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- Bull by Paul Andrew Williams and The Deep House by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury will shake up the viewers of the Montreal-based festival

Run for your life, as Fantasia adds more European gems to its line-up
Bull by Paul Andrew Williams, having its world premiere at the festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival has announced new titles, rounding up its upcoming 25th edition. While Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War-Guardians will close the event, European films will be given their moment as well, including British crime thriller Bull by Paul Andrew Williams, set to celebrate its world premiere, or France’s The Deep House [+see also:
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by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, in which the duo opt to follow two YouTubers heading straight to the bottom of a lake – which they probably shouldn’t be doing. 

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Also added were The Feast [+see also:
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by Lee Haven Jones, shot entirely in the Welsh language; Kazakhstan’s Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It (described by the organisers as “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre meets The Hangover”); and Wild Men [+see also:
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by Thomas Daneskov, recently appreciated at Tribeca and presenting the oddest midlife crisis in recent memory, featuring bows and a whole lot of animal fur. Hotel Poseidon [+see also:
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from Belgium, Russia’s Blue_Whale by Anna Zaytseva, about a series of teen suicides, Martyrs Lane by Ruth Platt, Mother Schmuckers by Harpo and Lenny Guit and Nick Gillespie’s Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break [+see also:
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will also be shown. 

On the documentary front, Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer’s Alien on Stage [+see also:
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– in which British bus drivers decide to stage the story explored in Ridley Scott’s terrifying classic – will take its bow, while a moving tribute to one of the most unconventional figures in punk history, Celeste Bell and Paul Sng’s Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché will focus on the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex. Finally, Finland’s dark tale Lost Boys [+see also:
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, about a friendship marked by addiction, will pick up right where Reindeerspotting left off, heading to Cambodia yet staying away from the tourist path, and from the sun for that matter.  

With the Cheval Noir competition jury, composed of Kambole Campbell, Paula Devonshire, Mónica García Massagué, Simon Rumley and led by Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska, and The New Flesh competition boasting UK’s Kim Newman as the Jury President, it won’t be all about new discoveries, however, as Fantasia Retro will present 1972’s Tombs of the Blind Dead by Amando de Ossorio and Mill of the Stone Women from 1960 by Giorgio Ferroni, the first Italian horror produced in colour. The Unknown Man of Shandigor from Switzerland, directed by Jean-Louis Roy in 1967 will also be shown to the viewers, Cineuropa has learnt – easily the oddest film starring Serge Gainsbourg ever made. 

The Fantasia International Film Festival will take place from 5 to 25 August. 

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