Six Films We’re Looking Forward to for Fantasia Fest 2023 [Fantasia Film Festival 2023]

Once again Cinema Crazed has the honor of covering Fantasia Film Festival, and we’re getting in our choices for movies we’re looking forward to seeing. Every year we try to cover as many films as possible, and every year we accumulate a list of movies that we’re anxious to seek out in the festival. Fantasia has already released a list of their first and second waves and we compiled a list of five movies that caught our attention the most.

This year Fantasia runs from July 20th to August 9th at Montreal!

Aporia
Since losing her husband Mal (Edi Gathegi, FOR ALL MANKIND) in a drunk-driving incident, Sophie (Judy Greer, HALLOWEEN) has struggled to manage crippling grief, a full-time job, and the demands of parenting her devastated teenage daughter (Faithe Herman, THIS IS US). When her husband’s best friend Jabir (Payman Maadi, A SEPARATION), a former physicist, reveals that he has been building a time-bending machine that could restore her former life, Sophie will be faced with an impossible choice—and unforeseeable consequences. From award-winning writer/director Jared Moshe (THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN), “Aporia” grapples with the ripple effects of morally fraught choices made in the name of love and raises timely questions about ethics in technological innovation.

Kurayukaba
Equal parts crazy cartoon caper, shadowy film noir, nostalgic escapade, and steampunk fantasy, the movie is a retro-flavored anime reimagining of the freewheeling Taisho era, Japan’s equivalent of the Roaring Twenties.

Suitable Flesh
Described as a “a fast-moving film that grabs the viewers’ attention and doesn’t let go until the credits roll” by our own Emilie Black, “Suitable Flesh” has been on our radar for a while. Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep,” a psychiatrist falls into a downward spiral of sex, possession, and death when a young patient shows up at her door with symptoms that are of another world. Heather Graham and Judah Lewis star in Joe Lynch’s loving tribute to the late Stuart Gordon that reunites actress Barbara Crampton, Screenwriter Denis Paoli, and Executive Producer Brian Yuzna to forge a macabre supernatural erotic horror film straight from the depths of the abyss.

Sympathy for the Devil
Award-winning director Yuval Adler (Bethlehem) reunites with Joel Kinnaman following 2020’s The Secrets We Keep and brings Nicolas Cage on board to deliver one of the most intense performances of his career in Sympathy for the Devil. After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems.

Talk To Me
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces. An astonishing feature debut from Australian filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou, Talk To Me is an exhilarating roller coaster that balances imaginative scares with emotionally nuanced characters and an ingeniously original concept. It became an instant classic from the moment of its lauded Sundance premiere. Stars Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen and Miranda Otto.

Vincent Must Die
Random strangers have suddenly started attacking the otherwise unremarkable Vincent (Karim Leklou) with murderous intent. As things spiral violently out of control, he is forced to flee and change his life completely. Coming to Fantasia hot off its acclaimed Cannes Critics Week debut, Stéphan Castang’s phenomenal Vincent Must Die (Vincent doit mourir) is a high-energy kaleidoscope of genres – at once a horror, comedy, romance, fantasy and thriller – all working together.