Fantastic Fest 2019

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The Happiness of the Katakuris The Happiness of the Katakuris
The Happiness of the Katakuris and Wyrm
Abou Leila (Country: Algeria, France; Year: 2019; Director: Amin Sidi-Boumedine; Writer: Amin Sidi-Boumedine; Stars: Slimane Benouari, Lyès Salem, Azouz Abdelkader, Fouad Megiraga, Meriem Medjkrane, Hocine Mokhtar, Samir El Hakim, Slimane Benouari, Lyès Salem, Azouz Abdelkader, Fouad Megiraga, Meriem Medjkrane, Hocine Mokhtar, Samir El Hakim)
Algeria, 1994. S. and Lotfi, two friends from childhood, travel through the desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run.
Adoration (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2019; Director: Fabrice du Welz; Writer: Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier, Fabrice du Welz; Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Laurent Lucas, Peter Van den Begin, Fantine Harduin, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Martha Canga Antonio, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Anaël Snoek, Renaud Rutten, Sandor Funtek, Thomas Gioria, Jean-Luc Couchard, Pierre Nisse, Pierre Brichese, Maïté Lorand)
A young boy becomes infatuated with a young inmate at his mother's psychiatric hospital.
After Midnight (Something Else) (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella; Writer: Jeremy Gardner; Stars: Henry Zebrowski, Justin Benson, Brea Grant, Jeremy Gardner)
A man struggles with loneliness, the possible collapse of his relationship and the fact that every night a monster tries to break into his house.
Amigo (Country: Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Óscar Martín; Writer: Javier Botet, Óscar Martín; Stars: Javier Botet, David Pareja, Esther Gimeno, Zoe Berriatúa)
After injuring him in a car crash, a man tries to care for his best friend in his remote house but the tension between them grows.
The Antenna (The Night Bulletin) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2018; Director: Orcun Behram; Stars: Ihsan Önal, Ihsan Önal)
In a dystopian Turkey, a government is installing new TV antennas across the country... and a building superintendent finds himself standing against a menacing broadcast.
Memory: The Origins of Alien Memory: The Origins of Alien
Memory: The Origins of Alien and Come To Daddy
The Black Pit Of Dr M (Misterios De Ultratumba) (Country: Mexico; Year: 1959; Director: Fernando Méndez; Writer: Ramón Obón; Stars: Gastón Santos, Rafael Bertrand, Mapita Cortés)
Two doctors make a pact in which they swear that the first to die will return - if possible - to tell the other how to get a glimpse of the afterlife while still alive.
The Cleansing Hour (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Damien LeVeck; Writer: Damien LeVeck, Aaron Horwitz; Stars: Kyle Gallner, Ryan Guzman, Joanna David, Emma Holzer, Alix Angelis)
Millennial entrepreneurs, Drew and Max, run a webcast that streams live exorcisms that are, in fact, elaborately staged hoaxes. They get their comeuppance when today's actress becomes mysteriously possessed by a real demon that holds the crew hostage.
Come To Daddy (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Ant Timpson; Writer: Toby Harvard; Stars: Elijah Wood, Madeleine Sami, Stephen McHattie, Ona Grauer, Michael Smiley, Martin Donovan, Raresh DiMofte, Garfield Wilson, Simon Chin, Alla Rouba)
After receiving a cryptic letter from his estranged father, Norval travels to his dad’s oceanfront home for what he hopes will be a positive experience. If only he’d known the dark truth about his old man beforehand.
The Happiness of the Katakuris (Katakuri-ke no Koufuku) (Country: Japan; Year: 2001; Director: Takashi Miike; Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi; Stars: Kiyoshiro Imawano, Keiko Matsuzaka, Naomi Nishida, Kenji Sawada, Shinji Takeda, Naoto Takenaka, Tetsuro Tamba)
Running a guest house proves deathly for a family. Just as well they know a few good songs.
Happy Face (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Alexandre Franchi; Stars: ER Ruiz, Cindy Nicholsen, David Roche, Dawn Shaw)
The story of a handsome teenager who deforms his face and attends a support group for disfigured people. and in turn, changes all their lives - for good and bad. Based on real events.
Why Don't You Just Die Why Don't You Just Die
Why Don't You Just Die and Lyle
Homewrecker (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Zack Gayne; Writer: Zack Gayne; Stars: Alex Essoe, Precious Chong)
A woman asks a stranger she meets at a yoga class to redecorate her home, then refuses to let her leave.
Jojo Rabbit (Country: Germany, US; Year: 2019; Director: Taika Waititi; Writer: Taika Waititi, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Sitara Attaie, Luke Brandon Field, Victoria Hogan, Brian Caspe, James McVan, Judith Georgi, Bethany Adams)
Satire following a lonely boy and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, whose nationalistic views are challenged when he discovers his mum is hiding a young Jewish girl.
Knives And Skin (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jennifer Reeder; Writer: Jennifer Reeder; Stars: Kate Arrington, Tony Fitzpatrick, Tim Hopper, Marika Engelhardt, James Vincent Meredith, Robert T. Cunningham, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Ty Olwin, Raven Whitley, Audrey Francis, Grace Etzkorn, Genevieve Venjohnson, Ireon Roach, Kayla Carter, Haley Bolithon)
Trouble brews in small town America after the disappearance of a teenager.
Koko-di Koko-da (Country: Sweden, Denmark; Year: 2019; Director: Johannes Nyholm; Writer: Johannes Nyholm; Stars: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Peter Belli, Katarina Jacobson)
As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorsing them, luring them deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror.
The Lodge (Country: UK, US; Year: 2019; Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz; Writer: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz; Stars: Richard Armitage, Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Katelyn Wells, Lola Reid)
In this psychologically chilling slow burn, a young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family’s remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past and the losses that seem to haunt them all.
Knives And Skin Knives And Skin
Knives And Skin and After Midnight
Lyle (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Stewart Thorndike; Writer: Stewart Thorndike; Stars: Gaby Hoffmann, Ingrid Jungermann, Rebecca Street, Michael Che, Ashlie Atkinson, Kim Allen), Official Site
A young woman recovering from tragedy becomes convinced that somebody is out to harm the child she is carrying.
Memory: The Origins of Alien (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Alexandre O Philippe; Writer: Alexandre O Philippe; Stars: Mickey Faerch, Linda Rich, Mickey Faerch, Linda Rich)
The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and HR Giger.
Parasite (Country: South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Bong Joon Ho; Writer: Bong Joon Ho; Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Cho, Woo-sik Choi)
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Rock, Paper And Scissors (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Macarena García Lenzi, Martín Blousson; Stars: Pablo Sigal, Valeria Giorcelli, Agustina Cerviño)
Jesus and Maria José live together in the grand house that belonged to their recently deceased father. Their playful routine is disrupted when Magdalena, their half-sister on their dad’s side, returns from Spain asking for her part of the inheritance which they have no intention of sharing.
Swallow (Country: US, France; Year: 2019; Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis; Writer: Carlo Mirabella-Davis; Stars: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O'Hare, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, Laith Nakli, Babak Tafti, Nicole Kang, Olivia Perez, Kristi Kirk, Alyssa Bresnahan, Laura Dias, Elise Santora)
Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
Koko-di Koko-da Koko-di Koko-da
Koko-di Koko-da and VHYes
Synchronic (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead; Writer: Justin Benson; Stars: Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides, Bill Oberst Jr., Betsy Holt, Aaron Groben, Shane Brady, Martin Bats Bradford, Devyn A. Tyler, Natasha Tina Liu, Lawrence Turner, Kate Adair, Carl Palmer, Rhonda Johnson Dents)
A pair of paramedics find their friendship put to the test after a series of deaths are linked to a drug.
VHYes (Year: 2019; Director: Jack Henry Robbins; Writer: Nate Gold, Nunzio Randazzo, Jack Henry Robbins; Stars: Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Mark Proksch, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins)
12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week in late 1987, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape, with unexpected consequences.
Vivarium (Country: Ireland, Belgium, Denmark; Year: 2019; Director: Lorcan Finnegan; Writer: Lorcan Finnegan, Garret Shanley, Garret Shanley; Stars: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris, Olga Wehrly, Danielle Ryan, Senan Jennings, Molly McCann, Eanna Hardwicke, Shana Hart, Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris, Olga Wehrly, Danielle Ryan, Senan Jennings)
In search of a starter home, a young couple follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.
Why Don't You Just Die (Papa, sdokhni) (Country: Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Kirill Sokolov; Writer: Kirill Sokolov; Stars: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Michael Gor, Elena Shevchenko, Igor Grabuzov, Aleksandr Domogarov, Ilya Gavrilenkov, Vasiliy Kopeikin, Ilya Kostyukov, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Michael Gor, Elena Shevchenko)
A dark action comedy about a group of people brought together in the apartment of police detective Andrei: his resentful daughter, an angry thug and a cheated cop. Each one of them have a reason to want revenge.
Wyrm (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Christopher Winterbauer; Writer: Christopher Winterbauer; Stars: Theo Taplitz, Alanna Ubach, Mel Rodriguez, Lulu Wilson)
In a retro-future alternate universe where children wear electronic collars to monitor their sexual development, one boy, Wyrm, has fallen woefully behind.
Homewrecker Homewrecker
Homewrecker and Synchronic
You Don't Nomi (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jeffrey McHale; Writer: Jeffrey McHale)
Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don’t Nomi traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic.
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