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The Fantasia International Film Festival became one of my favorite film festivals after covering it remotely in 2021. The festival was entirely remote because of COVID and the pandemic, but now returns to its full theatrical glory in 2022. Remote coverage is still an option for critics wanting to cover Fantasia who aren’t able to make the trip to Montreal.
Below are ten of the films I’m most excited to cover, as well as a few honorable mentions. Many films likely won’t be available remotely, but my initial list of films I wanted to watch from Fantasia was well over 30 films. The 26th Edition of the Fantasia Film Festival takes place July 14-August 3 and I intend to cover as many films as possible during that time frame. I typically cover 8-10 films, so here’s hoping I can break that record.
Fantasia 2022: Most Anticipated Films
- Shin Ultraman
- The Roundup
- Heaven: To the Land of Happiness
- Princesse Dragon
- The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai
- Incredible But True
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Most Anticipated Films
Shin Ultraman is the new Ultraman film from Shin Godzilla’s Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno. Popran is a comedy film from director Shin'ichirô Ueda (One Cut of the Dead) about a man chasing his genitals, which have flown away. The Roundup is a South Korean action crime film where a devoted cop played by Don Lee (Train to Busan, The Eternals) chases a killer to Vietnam. Don Lee also helped contribute to the screenplay.
Resurrection, a psychological horror film starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, has had an incredible reputation since Sundance 2022. As a fan of Choi Min-sik since Oldboy, his new film Heaven: To the Land of Happiness is a must. Inu-Oh is Masaaki Yuasa’s new animated film (Mind Game, The Night is Short Walk on Girl). Polaris is a film with an all-female cast in the vein of Mad Max. Incredible But True is Quentin Dupieux’s (Rubber, Deerskin) new film.
After a giant monster dies suddenly In What to Do with Dead Kaiju?, Japan decides to use its bloating corpse as a tourist attraction rather than cleaning it up to avoid it exploding and destroying everything. The Breach is a horror film that offers prosthetic gore and a score from Guns N’ Roses guitar legend Slash. Moloch is a Dutch horror film about an ancient horror terrorizing a woman that lives in a peat bog. Next Door is a claustrophobic black comedy set within the confines of a single location. A monster becomes the guardian of an innocent human child in the animated fantasy The Girl From the Other Side.
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