Álex de la Iglesia’s “The Day of the Beast” Added to the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Lineup

Álex de la Iglesia is looking forward to reliving his special Day

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, which runs from August 20 to September 2 and is being held digitally this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, has unveiled its final lineup, with the 54-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s latest making the cut.

Álex de la Iglesia

A 4k restoration of de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast (El dia de la Bestia) will get its world premiere as part of the festival.

The original Spanish Black comedy film, released in 1995, which centers on Angel (Alex Angulo), a Basque priest and professor of theology, who confesses to another priest that he intends to commit as much evil as he can. The other priest is shocked until Angel whispers his reasoning. 

Jorge Michel Grau’s Perdida has also been added to the list.

The Mexican drama is an adaptation of the 2011 Colombian film La cara oculta directed by Andrés Baiz.

The plot centers around Eric (José María de Tavira) is hired as the new conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic and moves to the city with Carolina (Paulina Dávila), his wife. Everything is perfect until one day she disappears. Eric, mired in pain at Carolina’s apparent abandonment, meets Fabiana (Cristina Rodlo), the bar waitress he often frequents. They start a relationship full of mystery, sex and passion, but Fabiana asks herself questions about Carolina’s mysterious disappearance.

Mario Abbade’s Ivan, The TerriBle will have its world premiere at the festival.

The documentary focuses on Ivan Cardosa, the cousin of José Mojica Marins.

The fest has also announced that revered genre filmmaker John Carpenter will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award and will host an online masterclass as part of its virtual events.

Further events will include talks with Mike Flanagan and Mick GarrisSimon Barrett, and Dennison Ramalho with José Mojica Marins aka Coffin Joe.

The online screenings, which will run via Festival Scope and Shift72’s virtual screening platform, will only be accessible to those based in Canada.

Here are the latest additions:

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON Dir. Justin Dyck Canada World Premiere
A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE Dir. Fung Chih-Chiang Hong Kong Canadian Premiere BABY:
THE SECRET DIARY OF A MOM TO BE Dir. Luk Yee-Sum Hong Kong North American Premiere
BRING ME HOME Dir. Kim Seung-woo South Korea Quebec Premiere
CHASING DREAM Dir. Johnnie To Hong Kong Canadian Premiere
CLAPBOARD JUNGLE Dir. Justin McConnell Canada Quebec Premiere
COSMIC CANDY Dir. Rinio Dragasaki Greece Canadian Premiere
THE DAY OF THE BEAST Dir. Álex de la Iglesia Spain World Premiere – 4K Restoration
DINNER IN AMERICA Dir. Adam Lehmeier USA Quebec Premiere
FEELS GOOD, MAN Dir. Arthur Jones USA Quebec Premiere
FREE COUNTRY Dir. Christian Alvart Germany Canadian Premiere
HAIL TO THE DEADITES Dir. Steve Villeneuve Canada World Premiere
HUNTED Dir. Vincent Paronnaud France / Belgium World Premiere
IVAN, THE TERRIRBLE Dir. Mario Abbade Brazil World Premiere
JUMBO Dir. Zoé Wittock France Quebec Premiere
KAKEGURUI Dir. Tsutomu Hanabusa Japan Canadian Premiere
LAURIN Dir. Robert Sigl Germany / Hungary Canadian Premiere – 4K Restoration
LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD Dir. Yuen Kim-Wai Hong Kong North American Premiere
THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A Dir. Kiel McNaughton New Zealand North American Premiere
MARYGOROUND Dir. Daria Woszek Poland International Premiere
MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS Dir. Minoru Kawasaki Japan International Premiere
MORGANA Dirs. Isabel Peppard & Josie Hess Australia North American Premiere
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Dir. Ryan Spindell USA Quebec Premiere
NO LONGER HUMAN Dir. Mika Ninagawa Japan Quebec Premiere
NO WAY HOME Dir. Buddy Giovinazzo USA World Premiere – 4K Restoration
PAPER TIGERS Dir. Bao Tran USA World Premiere PATRICK Dir. Tim Mielants Belgium Canadian Premiere
PERDIDA Dir. Jorge Michel Grau Mexico / Columbia International Premiere
ROM Dir. Tran Thanh Huy Vietnam North American Premiere
SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD Dir. Sam Quah China Quebec Premiere
STING OF DEATH Dir. William Grefé USA World Premiere – 2K Restoration
SURVIVAL SKILLS Dir. Quinn Armstrong USA International Premiere
WILDLAND Dir. Jeanette Nordahl Denmark North American Premiere
TEXAS TRIP – A CARNIVAL OF GHOSTS Dirs. Steve Balestreri & Maxime Lachaud France World Premiere
WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS Dir. Takeshi Kushida Japan Quebec Premiere
WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU Dir. Yuichi Fukuda Japan North American Premiere

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