Ken Russell is one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers, a true original whose vibrant films explode with passion, wit, and invention, powerhouse performances and obsessive visual detail. Fantasia will present Britain’s celebrated enfant terrible, the director of such one-of-a-kind classics as ALTERED STATES, TOMMY, CRIMES OF PASSION, WOMEN IN LOVE, LISZTOMANIA, GOTHIC, SALOME’S LAST DANCE, SAVAGE MESSIAH and LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, with a lifetime achievement award in celebration of his astoundingly unique and bravely provocative visions. On the night of this ceremony - July 19 - we will screen his legendary and still-controversial 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS. This extraordinarily powerful film, which remains unavailable on DVD anywhere in the world, stars Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave and features surrealistic art direction by Derek Jarman.
Russell will be in town for a week and our special “Devils’ Night” award presentation will kick-off a retrospective of his work at the Cinémathèque Québècoise.
U.K. 1971 | 111 min