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Fantasia to close with Guillermo Del Toro-scripted 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'
The Canadian genre film festival will open with Kevin Smith's Sundance hit "Red State" and close with first time director Troy Nixey's "Dark" remake.
by Etan Vlessing
TORONTO Montreals Fantasia International Film Festival is to close its 15th edition with the Canadian premiere of Troy Nixeys "Dont Be Afraid of the Dark," which was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro.
The Canadian genre festival last month announced it will open on July 14 with the Canadian Premiere of Kevin Smith's Sundance hit "Red State."
The 130 film-lineup will include the North American premiere of "100 Years of Evil," from Swedish directors Erik Eger and Magnus Oliv, where Adolf Hitler survives the second world war and flees to the U.S., and the world premiere of British filmmaker Michael Axelgaards "Hollow."
Fantasia also booked Canadian premieres for Miguel Gómezs "El Sanatorio," a horror/comedy from Costa Rica, and the Norwegian film "Troll Hunter," directed by André Øvredal and coming from Sundance and Seattle.
U.S. indie titles bound for Fantasia include Jed Stahms "Knifepoint," to receive a world premiere, Trent Haagas "Chop," Joseph Kahns slasher comedy "Detention," Scott Leberechts "Midnight Son," and Lucky McKees "The Woman," which bowed in Sundance.
Other Montreal fest titles include three Argentinian titles: Nicolás Goldbarts "Phase 7," Ayar Blascos animated feature "El Sol," and Adrián García Boglianos "Cold Sweat," a horror comedy about senior citizen former political revolutionaries wreaking havoc against hapless teens.
Australia will be represented at Fantasia by Andrew Trauckis "The Reef," a shark thriller, and Ben C. Lucass "Wasted on the Young," while Belgium will bring to Montreal the Dominic Cooper-starrer "The Devils Double," by director Lee Tamahori, Michaël R. Roskams "Bullhead," and Olias Barcos "Kill Me Please," a black comedy about euthanasia.
And Canadian films to screen at the Montreal fest include Xavier Genss "The Divide," which stars Michael Biehn, Laura German and Rosanna Arguette, and Dominic Laurence Jamess "Die,: which stars Emily Hampshire, Elias Koteas and Stephen McHattie.
The Fantasia festival is set to run from July 14 to August 7.