'Fantasia' remake opens Fantasia Film Fest

'Sorcerer's Apprentice' launches Montreal fest July 8

TORONTO -- Jon Turtlelaub's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a live action remake of Disney's classic animated feature "Fantasia," will suitably open Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival on Thursday.

Montreal's Jay Baruchel, co-star of "Fantasia" along with Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina and Teresa Palmer, will be on hand for the Canadian premiere in Montreal.

And Eli Craig's horror satire "Tucker & Dale Vs Evil," a Sundance and SXSW standout, will close North America's largest genre film festival on July 28 after, in all, over 120 horror, fantasy, Euro psycho-drama or just edgy documentaries unspool over the event's three-week run.

Festival highlights include world premieres for "The Shrine" from Canadian director Jon Knautz ("Jack Brooks Monster Slayer"), U.S. director Steven Monroe's "I Spit On Your Grave," a remake of the notorious 1978 rape and revenge movie "Day of the Woman," to be released by Anchor Bay in October, and Frank Henenlotter's "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore."

Fantasia also booked international premieres for the Adrien Brody-starrer "High School," the John Stalberg Jr. comedy that bowed at Sundance, Quentin Dupieux's tire movie "Rubber," which bowed at Cannes, and the South Korean animated auteur film "What is Not Romance," from directors Hong Eun-ji, Park Jae-ok and Soo Kyoung and the Korean Film Academy.

Montreal also has North American premieres for the Mexican cannibal drama "We Are What We Are," from director Jorge Michel Grau and IFC Films, Christopher Smith's "Black Death," Timur Bekmambetov's "Black Lightening," the Russian teen action movie produced by Universal, and Philip Ridley's "Heartless."

Fantasia will also showcase Serbian cinema, including a director's cut of Uros Stojanovic's "Tears For Sale," which screened earlier at Toronto and Rotterdam, Srdjan Spasojevic's "A Serbian Film," and Aleksa Gajic's "Technotise."

The Montreal festival will also host a special screening for the new Jackie Chan-starrer "Little Big Soldier," and the international premiere of Stuart Gordon's stage play "Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe," with Jeffrey Combs as the famed poet.

The Fantasia Film Festival is set to run from July 8 to 28 in Montreal.
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