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Fantastic Fest

September 19 – 26, 2013

Austin, Texas

What’s It All About?

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, specialising in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. The fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.

Fantastic Fest is held every year at various venues, but primarily at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drinks served to your seat without any disruption in the movie experience.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

The opening film will be the action sequel Machete Kills. The film is an upcoming American action exploitation sequel to the previous film Machete and is written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It will be the third film based on Grindhouse fake trailers. The first two were Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun.

Other Screenings

The fest will have the red carpet premiere of Man Of Tai Chi. Keanu Reeves stars in and makes his directorial debut in this multi-lingual narrative. Partly inspired by the life of Reeves’ friend, stuntman Tiger Chen, the film tells the story of a young martial artiste whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underground fight club.

Big Bad Wolves: Director Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales (the directing team behind the 2010 cult smash Rabies) return to Fantastic Fest with one of the best genre films of 2013.

Borgman: Alex van Warmerdam’s film is about something wicked and comes in the form of the ordinary, the polite and the normal as a drifter and his followers invade the home of a bourgeois family.

Special Encore Presentation

Director EL Katz’s Cheap Thrills is about a recently fired father facing eviction who is paid to take on an escalating series of insane challenges from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humour.

Indian Films

Commando – A One Man Army: Director Dilip Ghosh’s action extravaganza featuring Vidyut Jammwal and Pooja Chopra.

Eega: Director SriSaila Sri Rajamouli’s cult film about a murdered man reincarnated as a fly to wreak vengeance on the villain who took his life and his lover.

Other Screenings

Horror remake Patrick, the Elijah Wood-starring Grand Piano; a David Cronenberg-narrated documentary called Tales From The Organ Tradeabout the secret world of international organ trafficking; and the Canadian film Septic Man, which concerns a person who undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank, will also be showcased during special screenings at the festival.

Field In England: A Ben Wheatley, 90-minute film about the British Civil War, when magic was science, an alchemist forces a group of deserters to help him locate buried treasure, and sends them all straight into the mouth of madness.

Afflicted: The US premiere of director Clif Prowse’s Best Friends documents their journey across the world. They are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes down with a sinister sickness.

Almost Human: Joe Begos’s 80-minute film about a man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances and returns to wreak havoc on a small town.

Blue Ruin: Jeremy Sauliner’s, 90-minute film about a homeless man who aims to avenge his dead parents when their killer is released from prison. This triggers a chain of events that will only end in more blood.

Coherence: The World Premiere of director James Ward Byrkit’s film is about a night a comet is passing near Earth and a dinner party takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.

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