Fantasia has announced their final wave of titles, so what better time for us to share the five movies we’re most excited for.


After premiering earlier this year at Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Feature Film and Best First Feature Award, Femme is having its North American premiere. The story follows Jules (Nathan Stewart-JarrettCandyman, Misfits), who is targeted in a horrific homophobic attack, destroying his life and career. Some time after that event he encounters Preston (George MacKay1917, Captain Fantastic), one of his attackers, in a gay sauna, which sends him on a revenge mission.


Winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, It Lives Inside tells the story of an Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity. After experiencing a falling with her former best friend, she unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger by feeding on her loneliness.


Another movie that premiered earlier this year at SXSW to raving reviews, is Late Night with the Devil, starring David Dastmalchian (Boogeyman, The Suicide Squad). When a live television broadcast in 1977 goes horribly wrong, it unleashes evil into the nation’s living rooms.


Having its world premiere at Fantasia is horror film Lovely, Dark, and Deep. Lennon, a new back-country ranger, travels alone through the dangerous wilderness, hoping to uncover the origins of a tragedy that has haunted her since she was a child. What she finds in the beauty of the outdoors, might be more sinister than she ever could’ve imagined. The movie stars Barbarian‘s final girl, Georgina Campbell, and is written and directed by Theresa Sutherland (The Wind, Midnight Mass).


French-Canadian production, Richelieu, is a timely social drama that follows Ariane, who moves back home after a bad breakup. Here she gets a job as an interpreter for seasonal migrant workers, where she witnesses workplace abuse. It’s up to her to decide how far she is willing to go to speak out against injustice.

The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 27th edition with a large and varied program of screenings, workshops, and launch events running from July 20 through August 9, 2023, taking place at the Concordia Hall Cinema, with additional screens at the J.A. DeSève Cinema, Cinémathèque québécoise, and Cinéma du Musée. Ticket pre-sales will open on Saturday July 15, at 1pm. 

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