Guillermo del Toro to Get Fantasia Film Fest Honor

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Guillermo del Toro

The Montreal genre festival also is giving Takashi Miike a lifetime achievement award.

Mexican horror master Guillermo del Toro will receive the Cheval Noir Award at the upcoming Fantasia Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

The Mexican director will be in Montreal to accept the career achievement honor. Previous recipients of the Cheval Noir Award include Ken Russell, Tobe Hooper, Andrzej Zulawski, anime pioneer Mamoru Oshii and John Landis.

The prestigious genre film festival also will host a master class by del Toro, who is best known for fantasy and horror classics like Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and the gothic thriller Crimson Peak.

Fantasia also will give Takashi Miike a lifetime achievement award, as the prolific Japanese filmmaker brings the sci-fi pic Terra Formars to Montreal for its North American premiere.

As the first wave of Fantasia lineup titles were unveiled for the event, which is set to run July 14-Aug. 2, the fest is to give Steven Shainberg's Rupture, starring Noomi Rapace and Peter Stormare, a world premiere. There's also a special screening for David F. Sandberg’s horror film Lights Out, starring Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello and Billy Burke.

Fantasia also will feature world premieres for Spanish director Mateo Gil's Realive, starring Tom Hughes; Argentine filmmaker Daniel de la Vega's The White Coffin; and The Unseen, the feature debut by Canadian helmer Geoff Redknap.

The festival's full lineup will be unveiled on July 5.