Fantasia embarks on International Collaboration with France’s Festival des Maudits Films


If you happen to be in Grenoble, France between January 18-22, make a point of checking out Le Festival des Maudits Films – for the opening night of its sophomore year, the festival will be presenting a collection of Québécois short films in association with The Fantasia Festival and the Fantastique week-end du court-métrage québécois!

One of Fantasia’s goals is to create an intersection where auteur cinema and genre cinema can co-exist, and nowhere is the tangible nature of this intersection more discernible than here in Quebec, where opposites frequently live side by side. The festival’s commitment to local filmmakers became more pronounced with the establishment of the “Fantastic Weekend” dedicated to Québécois short films in 2008 – which showcases the work of emerging Québécois filmmakers alongside their more established counterparts – and Isabelle Gauvreau, director of Fantasia’s “Fantastic Weekend”, has selected close an hour of best films from the 2010 crop for this international presentation. This marks a unique opportunity for European audiences to discover the rich and astonishing genre cinema of Le Belle Province! Fantasia programmer/film academic Simon Laperrière will be presenting the program in person and hosting a round table.

Local director Frédérick Maheux’ Théorie de la Religion, which closed last summer’s Camera Lucida section at Fantasia, will be making its European festival debut, and Eric Falardeau will be presenting his exceptional 8mm psychodrama Coming Home. Fellow Montrealer Maude Michaud (the woman behind the web series Bloody Breasts: An Exploration of Women, Feminism and Horror Films) has been invited to curate a selection of Canadian genre films made by women, with an emphasis on Québécois filmmakers . As a result, Grenoble will get its first taste of the work of Izabel Grondin, Elza Kephart, Isabelle Stephen, Karine Philibert (all from Quebec) and the Soska twins from Vancouver!

Also featured in the festival lineup will be repertory screenings of Forbidden Planet (starring the late, great Leslie Nielsen), George Franju’s melancholy horror classic Les Yeux Sans visage, a tribute to cult icon Paul Bartel and more.

For full listings, see the festival website HERE.

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