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

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.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 1:58 PM
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Fantastic Fest 2013 Unveils First Wave of Programming, Includes Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi' and More Genre Goodies

Fantastic Fest has unleashed its first wave of programming. Highlights from the lineup include a red-carpet premiere of Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi," in which he also stars; Israeli crime film "Big Bad Wolves"; the Netherlands' "Borgman," which was snapped up by Drafthouse Films out of Cannes; and documentary "Narco Cultura," on the collision between Mexican drug cartels and pop culture.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 2:29 PM
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Review: Prieto Remakes Refn's 'Pusher'

Luis Prieto’s remake of "Pusher" is of interest because Nicolas Winding Refn's original offers such promising source material. But even with Refn's blessing, Prieto makes plenty of his own mistakes, delivering a stylish but perfunctory copy of his predecessor.
  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 20, 2012 3:24 PM
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'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

Kristina Bouzyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film. Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at the Fest and "Here Comes the Devil" was awarded Best Picture in the Horror Feature Category.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 8:40 AM
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Tribeca Film Acquires Goya Winner and Fantastic Fest Entry 'No Rest for the Wicked'

Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to the Spanish noir "No Rest for the Wicked," which won six 2012 Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent to the Oscars), including Best Film. The film is currently playing at Fantastic Fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 12:38 PM
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Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

"Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “weirdness.”
  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 20, 2012 10:18 PM
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Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave of Genre Goodie Programming

The final wave of programming for Austin's Fantastic Fest (September 20-27) is now live. Included in the lineup, which mixes new films with repertory selections, are Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Palme d'or nominee "Wake in Fright," Luis Prieto's remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher" and the world premiere of Marcus Dunstan's "The Collection." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 1:32 PM
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