Fantastic Fest

Friday, December 29, 2006

Twitch Film's Peter Martin names Fantastic Fest tops of 2006

Fantastic Fest topped out the list of Peter Martin's ( top 10 film experiences of 2006!

"I'm enjoying watching movies with people who know how to watch movies." That was my reaction after the second day of the festival, held in late September at the Original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and it held true throughout this marvelous event. Eight days, 32 films, and countless beers later, I had the good fortune to have seen some of the best films of the year (The Host, Pan's Labyrinth, Funky Forest, Severance, Isolation) and to have met some of the sharpest, funniest film fans in the world." - Peter Martin, Twitch Film

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai opens Alamo Downtown in Jan.

We are pleased to be bringing back one of the audience favorite films of the 2006 Fantastic Fest for a theatrical run. The type of strange cinematic odyssey that can only originate from those wacky Japanese, Sachiko Hanai takes the barest structure of the Pinku Film (Japanese softcore) and packs it with an insane story of the political espionage, trepanation, the cloned finger of George Bush and a whole lot more. For those who checked it out during the fest, please tell your friends that the goodness is coming back one more time.

Festival Description: "What do you get when you cross a counter-culture political manifesto with a softcore sex film, an absurdist comedy and a critique on intellectualism? Read on, brave cineastes! Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) is an escort who specializes in fetishes and role-play sessions. One afternoon, chilling in a restaurant, she witnesses a dispute between two men that ends with a fatal shooting. Sachiko jumps up to photograph the gunman with her cell phone, only to find her diligence cut short when a bullet is fired into her skull. Incredibly, the bullet does not kill her. Instead, it serves as a trepanation act, leading Sachiko to experience a life-altering intellectual awakening. With a gaping hole in her head, Sachiko knows exactly where to go: the library! She voraciously studies the works of a plethora of philosophers, poets and political essayists. Now able to speak foreign languages and horny at the mere mention of Susan Sontag or Noam Chomsky, Sachiko seduces a professor while pondering theories of the universe. Trouble is, when she left the restaurant after being shot, she accidentally grabbed an item that resembled a lipstick cylinder but actually contained a replica of George W. Bush’s finger, designed with the evil purpose of pushing the last button anyone wants to see pushed. She finds herself hunted by a crazed mobster who is determined to force the reunification of North and South Korea! Wow. I mean… WOW. Mitsuru Meike has made quite the molotov cocktail here. Hired to make a standard softcore “pink movie,” Meike delivered the barest requirements of the genre while taking full advantage of the fact that he was actually making a film to create a challenging and hugely original auteur work (not unlike what Stephen Sayadian did with Café Flesh) that is as hilarious as it is subversive, as politically confrontational as it is gloriously pervy and strangely profound. Originally released in 2003 under the quaint title Horny Home Tuto r: Teacher’s Love Juice, Meike’s film immediately attained underground cult notoriety - while presumably frustrating many would-be wankers - allowing him the opportunity to add substantial footage and create an altered director’s cut which we now know as Glamorous Life…You have never seen anything like this." (Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival)

Check out the trailer on the Alamo YouTube site.
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Saturday, December 16, 2006

2007 Fantastic Fest Dates announced...

The 2007 Fantastic Fest will be held September 20-27 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar Blvd in Austin, Texas. Submissions for the 2007 Festival begin on January 1, 2007 through Without A Box. Badges for the 2007 Festival go on sale on February 15, 2007. We are very excited about this our third year. We've already started the programming process and are very confident that we will deliver a killer line-up of films. Also look for a series of Fantastic Fest events throughout 2007 leading up to the festival. Stay tuned to for more details, or subscribe to this blog to stay in the loop.