The Count Of Monte-Cristo heads for Fantasia

Festival announces second wave of films

by Jennie Kermode

The Count Of Monte-Cristo
The Count Of Monte-Cristo Photo: Fantasia International Film Festival

Cannes hit The Count Of Monte-Cristo is to screen at Fantasia next month, it was announced today. Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte enjoyed a 12 minute ovation at the French festival, and the work of Alexandre Dumas is hot stuff in North America following the recent success of Martin Borboulon's Three Musketeers adaptations - but this is just one entry in an exciting second wave line-up.

Other films in the selection announced today include Carl Joseph Papa's powerful animated exploration of trauma The Missing, Alice Maio Mackay's freewheeling Carnage For Christmas (which is edited by The People's Joker's Vera Drew), and South By Southwest shocker Kryptic, whose director Kourtney Roy told us she was very much in it for the monsters.

Festival favourite Elijah Wood will return as the washed-up illusionist father of a small girl who sets out to catch a big beast in opening film Bookworm, while Kit Harington is reunited with Game Of Thrones co-star James Cosmo in werewolf chiller The Beast Within. The Ramayana is rebooted as a cyberpunk space opera in Mantra Warrior: The Legend Of The Eight Moons, and Livid creators Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo find terror in a small mountain town with The Soul Eater.

In addition to all this, the festival's Canadian Trailblazer Award will be presented to legendary Cube director (and sometime University of Miskatonic lecturer) Vincenzo Natali.

The third and final wave of films will be announced early next month, and the festival will run from 18 July to 4 August.

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