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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.
Mirage Men

MIRAGE MEN (United Kingdom, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - John Lundberg, 85 mins

A mind-scrambling documentary that posits that popular myths about the existence of UFOs originated from a disinformation campaign by the U.S. government.  

O'APOSTOLO (Spain, 2013)

Texas Premiere

Director - Fernando Cortizo, 87 mins

Gothic legends are brought to life by gorgeous stop-motion animation in this adult fantasy film from Spain.


North American Premiere

Director - David Perrault, 94 mins

Freshly returned home from a stint in the French Foreign Legion, Victor finds work as a reluctantly villainous masked wrestler in this marvelously crafted ode to film noir from first-time director David Perrault.  

PATRICK (Australia, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - Mark Hartley, 95 mins

Nurse Kathy Jaquard didn't expect a lot of trouble on the coma ward but she gets more than she can handle when she meets the telekinetic Patrick in Mark Hartley's remake of the Ozsploitation classic. 

PROXY (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director - Zack Parker, 120 mins

American director Zack Parker delivers an unexpected, nasty little thriller about a woman whose life spins out of control following an attack on her unborn child.

SEPTIC MAN (Canada, 2013)

World Premiere

Director - Jesse Thomas Cook, 83 mins

An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his town's sewage treatment plant. 


Austin Premiere

Director - Ric Bienstock, 82 mins

David Cronenberg narrates this fascinating documentary about the secret world of international organ trafficking.  


US Premiere

Director - Sion Sono, 126 mins

Things get insanely bloody when an inspiring film troupe known as The Fuck Bombers collide with a yakuza boss who wants to make a movie with his daughter, in Fantastic Fest veteran Sion Sono's (LOVE EXPOSURE; SUICIDE CLUB) latest.  


US Premiere

Director - Alex de la Iglesia, 120 mins

Hit Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS) returns to Fantastic Fest with a hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.   

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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.