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Fantasia International Film Fest Unveils Full 2015 Lineup

Japanese animated feature ‘Miss Hokusai,’ winner of the Jury Award at Annecy 2015 from director Keiichi Hara and Production I.G., and Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ set to open Fantasia 2015.

Fantasia 2015 poster designed by Donald Caron.

Running July 14 through August 4, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal is nearly upon us, and organizers have finally unveiled the full 2015 lineup. Representing 36 countries, this year’s edition will include 135 feature films and nearly 300 shorts, and will also deliver 22 world premieres. 

The opening night features will be the North American premiere of the highly-anticipated Japanese animated feature Miss Hokusai, the winner of the Jury Award at Annecy 2015 by director Keiichi Hara and Production I.G., and the Montreal premiere of the Marvel super hero adventure Ant-Man. Other highlights include horror anthology films Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story , as well as three new films from the legendary Sion Sono -- TagLove & Peace and Shinjuku Swan -- and new films from the likes of Takeshi Kitano, Ringo Lam, Jacob Gentry and Miguel Angel Vitas. The festival closes its run with Attack on Titan, the much-anticipated film by Shinji Higuchi.

Mortadelo & Filemon: Mission Implausible, directed by Javier Fesser, also makes its way to the Festival from Spain, where the cult superspy-parody comic book exploded into life as a big-budget blitzkrieg of slapstick 3D animation that won Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Also on deck is a special screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, starring Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron, Sonny Mallhi's directorial debut, Anguish, and Traders, the feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

‘Miss Hokusai,’ the winner of the Jury Award at Annecy 2015 from director Keiichi Hara and Production I.G., opens Fantasia 2015.

Head on over to the Fantasia website to check out the complete 2015 lineup.

Source: Fantasia International Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.