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Fantastic Fest Unveils Second Wave of Programming: Folman's 'The Congress,' Wheatley's 'A Field in England' and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2013 at 1:58PM

Fantastic Fest 2013 has announced its second wave of programming. More genre goodies are included in the updated program, like Ari Folman's Cannes entry "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, "Sightseers" director Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England," Jeremy Sauliner's "Blue Ruin" and more. Full list below.
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An animated Rob Wright in "The Congress."
An animated Rob Wright in "The Congress."

Fantastic Fest 2013 has announced its second wave of programming. More genre goodies are included in the updated program, like Ari Folman's Cannes entry "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, "Sightseers" director Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England," Jeremy Sauliner's "Blue Ruin" and more. Full list below.

Fantastic Fest takes place in Austin, TX, running September 16 through 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

The first wave of FF's programming is here; details on the opening night film, Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills," are here

Newly announced second wave of programming:

FIELD IN ENGLAND, A (England, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - Ben Wheatley, 90 mins

During 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 (Canada, 2013)

US Premiere

Director - Clif Prowse, 85 mins

Derek and Clif, best friends documenting their journey across the world, are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes down with a sinister sickness.  

ALMOST HUMAN (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director - Joe Begos, 80 mins

A man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances returns to wreak havoc upon a small town.

BLUE RUIN (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director - Jeremy Sauliner, 90 mins

A homeless man aims to avenge his dead parents when their killer is released from prison, triggering a chain of events that will only end in more blood.

COHERENCE (USA, 2013)

World Premiere

Director - James Ward Byrkit, 127 mins

On the night a comet is passing near Earth, 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.  

CONGRESS, THE (Israel, Germany, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - Ari Folman, 122 mins

Robin Wright (playing herself) receives the last offer she'll ever get from a Hollywood studio in Ari Folman's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's classic scifi novel, and his follow-up to WALTZ WITH BASHIR.  

GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG (Israel, 2013)

World Premiere

Director - Oren Carmi, 91 mins

A psychopath develops a dangerous obsession with a schlubby computer programmer.

GRAND PIANO (Spain, 2013)

World Premiere

Director - Eugenio Mira, 90 mins

A renowned concert pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage for one final performance, only to become the target of a sadistic cat-and-mouse game with a faceless sniper (John Cusack).  

HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (Japan, 2013)

Texas Premiere

Director - Yuichi FUKUDA, 105 mins

A new hero has arisen in Japan: One with fishnet stockings, a mankini, and a pair of women's panties over his face. When conventional justice fails, make way for the Hentai Kamen.

MARUYAMA THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER (Japan, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - Kankuro Kudo, 119 mins

A middle school student prone to wild daydreams devotes his waking hours to stretching and flexibility exercises with the ultimate goal of one day being able to lick his own penis.  

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.