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Fantastic Fest Lineup: Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi'

Reeves will attend the Austin-based festival to present his directorial debut in September.

Man of Tai Chi

The first wave of films for the Fantastic Fest lineup has been announced.

Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, will have its U.S. premiere at the Austin, Texas, festival, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

Reeves will attend the event to present his film, which chronicles the life of a young martial artist who becomes a part of an underground fight club. Reeves also stars in the film, which will be released in North America by Radius-TWC, The Weinstein Company's boutique label.

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Man of Tai Chi, which has already opened in theaters in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the Phillippines, will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September.

“Every year we scour the globe for the freshest and craziest genre films,” says Fantastic Fest founder and creative director Tim League in the announcement. “This first incredible selection of films gives a small taste of the fun, but I can assure you there are lots of surprises yet to come."

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills has already been announced as the opening night film. The film will have its world premiere Sept. 19 at the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location, with Rodriguez and stars Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega in attendance.

More films will be announced as the festival nears.

See below for the initial lineup of films at this year’s festival:
 
BIG BAD WOLVES (Israel, 2013)
Texas Premiere
Director- Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales, 110 mins

BORGMAN (The Netherlands, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Alex van Warmerdam, 113 mins

CHEAP THRILLS (United States, 2013)
Regional Premiere
Director - E.L. Katz, 85 mins

COMMANDO - A ONE MAN ARMY (India, 2013)
US Premiere
Director- Dilip Ghosh, 120min
 
EEGA (India, 2012)
Austin Premiere
Director - SriSaila Sri Rajamouli, 107 mins
 
HALLEY (Mexico/The Netherlands, 2013)
Texas Premiere
Director - Sebastian Hofmann, 83 mins

KID’S POLICE (Japan, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Yuichi FUKUDA, 100 mins

LFO (Sweden/Denmark, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Antonio Tublen, 94 mins
 
MAN OF TAI CHI (United States, 2013)
US Premiere
Director – Keanu Reeves, 105 mins
 
NARCO CULTURA (United States, 2013)
Texas Premiere
Director - Shaul Schwarz, 103 mins
 
NIGHTBREED – THE CABAL CUT (United Kingdom, 2012)
Texas Premiere
Directors - Russell Cherrington, 144 mins

NORTHWEST (Denmark, 2013)
Regional Premiere
Director - Michael Noer, 91 mins

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (Germany, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Katrin Gebbe, 110 mins

ON THE JOB (Philippines, 2013)
US Premiere
Director - Erik Matti, 200 min

RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD, THE (The Netherlands, 2013)
Regional Premiere
Director - Guido van Driel, 89 mins

SHE WOLF  (Argentina, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Tamae Garateguy, 92 mins

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR  (Canada, 2013)
US Premiere
Director - Denis Côté, 95 mins