Following Fantasia’s 2021 hybrid festival, the 2022 edition of the festival will now take place exclusively in person from July 14 to August 3, 2022, in theaters around Montreal. Our team at Drink in the Movies is still dedicated to bringing you film criticism from the festival and will be attending remotely. The following are both are most anticipated films of this edition of Fantasia and recommendations of titles we’ve had a chance to see at previous festivals this year. From exciting new releases and first-time filmmakers to local filmmakers and classics Fantasia International Film Festival 2022 has something for everyone. Here are some of the titles that stood out to us!
“Dark Glasses” (Dir. Dario Argento)
Dario Argento returns to the silver screen for the first time in a decade with “Dark Glasses.” In it Diana, a young woman who lost her sight, finds a guide in a Chinese boy named Chin. Together they track down a dangerous killer through the darkness of Italy.
Bodies Bodies Bodies (Dir. Halina Reijn)
Halina Reijn’s follow-up to her 2019 feature debut “Instinct” entitled “Bodies Bodies Bodies” premiered at SXSW 2022. In it a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game goes awry in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.
Next Sohee (Dir. July Jung)
South Korean filmmaker July Jung’s newest film, “Next Sohee” premiered as the closing title of International Critics Week at the 2022 edition of Cannes. It is loosely inspired by the real-life suicide of a girl on an ‘externship’ program,[and revolves around a high school student, Sohee (Kim Si-eun), and a female detective, Yu-jin.
Resurrection (Dir. Andrew Semans)
Andrew Semans “Resurrection” is a dark and controlled thriller that mashes monotony against existential dread. In it Rebecca Hall’s Margaret leads a successful and orderly life, perfectly balancing the demands of her busy career and single parenthood to her fiercely independent daughter Abbie. That careful balance is upended when David (Tim Roth), an unwelcome shadow from her past appears, bringing with it the horrors of Margaret’s past life.
Sharp Stick (Dir. Lena Dunham)
“Sharp Stick” is Lena Dunham’s first extended foray behind the camera since “Girls” wrapped in 2017. It details the story of Sarah Jo (Kristine Frøseth), a naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her mother and sister. When she begins an affair with her older employer, she is thrust into an education on sexuality, loss and power.
To learn more about these titles and the 2022 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival please visit: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/