Fantastic Fest Unveils Second Wave of Programming: Folman’s ‘The Congress,’ Wheatley’s ‘A Field in England’ and More

Fantastic Fest Unveils Second Wave of Programming: Folman's 'The Congress,' Wheatley's 'A Field in England' and More

Fantastic Fest 2013 has announced its second wave of programming. More genre goodies are included in the updated program, like Ari Folman’s Cannes entry “The Congress,” starring Robin Wright, “Sightseers” director Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England,” Jeremy Sauliner’s “Blue Ruin” and more. Full list below.

Fantastic Fest takes place in Austin, TX, running September 16 through 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

The first wave of FF’s programming is here; details on the opening night film, Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills,” are here

Newly announced second wave of programming:

FIELD IN ENGLAND, A (England, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – Ben Wheatley, 90 mins

During the British Civil War, when magic was science, an
alchemist forces a group of deserters to help him locate buried treasure, and
sends them all straight into the mouth of madness.  

AFFLICTED (Canada, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Clif Prowse, 85 mins

Derek and Clif, best friends documenting their journey
across the world, are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes
down with a sinister sickness.  

ALMOST HUMAN (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Joe Begos, 80 mins

A man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances returns
to wreak havoc upon a small town.

BLUE RUIN (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Jeremy Sauliner, 90 mins

A homeless man aims to avenge his dead parents when their
killer is released from prison, triggering a chain of events that will only end
in more blood.

COHERENCE (USA, 2013)

World Premiere

Director – James Ward Byrkit, 127 mins

On the night a comet is passing near Earth, a dinner party
takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the
only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.  

CONGRESS, THE (Israel, Germany, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – Ari Folman, 122 mins

Robin Wright (playing herself) receives the last offer
she’ll ever get from a Hollywood studio in Ari Folman’s adaptation of Stanislaw
Lem’s classic scifi novel, and his follow-up to WALTZ WITH BASHIR.  

GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG (Israel, 2013)

World Premiere

Director – Oren Carmi, 91 mins

A psychopath develops a dangerous obsession with a schlubby
computer programmer.

GRAND PIANO (Spain, 2013)

World Premiere

Director – Eugenio Mira, 90 mins

A renowned concert pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the
stage for one final performance, only to become the target of a sadistic
cat-and-mouse game with a faceless sniper (John Cusack).  

HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (Japan, 2013)

Texas Premiere

Director – Yuichi FUKUDA, 105 mins

A new hero has arisen in Japan: One with fishnet stockings,
a mankini, and a pair of women’s panties over his face. When conventional
justice fails, make way for the Hentai Kamen.

MARUYAMA THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER (Japan, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – Kankuro Kudo, 119 mins

A middle school student prone to wild daydreams devotes his
waking hours to stretching and flexibility exercises with the ultimate goal of
one day being able to lick his own penis.  

MIRAGE MEN (United Kingdom, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – John Lundberg, 85 mins

A mind-scrambling documentary that posits that popular myths
about the existence of UFOs originated from a disinformation campaign by the
U.S. government.  

O’APOSTOLO (Spain, 2013)

Texas Premiere

Director – Fernando Cortizo, 87 mins

Gothic legends are brought to life by gorgeous stop-motion
animation in this adult fantasy film from Spain.

OUR HEROES DIED TONIGHT (France, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – David Perrault, 94 mins

Freshly returned home from a stint in the French Foreign
Legion, Victor finds work as a reluctantly villainous masked wrestler in this
marvelously crafted ode to film noir from first-time director David
Perrault.  

PATRICK (Australia, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – Mark Hartley, 95 mins

Nurse Kathy Jaquard didn’t expect a lot of trouble on the
coma ward but she gets more than she can handle when she meets the telekinetic
Patrick in Mark Hartley’s remake of the Ozsploitation classic. 

PROXY (USA, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Zack Parker, 120 mins

American director Zack Parker delivers an unexpected, nasty
little thriller about a woman whose life spins out of control following an
attack on her unborn child.

SEPTIC MAN (Canada, 2013)

World Premiere

Director – Jesse Thomas Cook, 83 mins

An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when
trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his
town’s sewage treatment plant. 

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE (Canada, 2013)

Austin Premiere

Director – Ric Bienstock, 82 mins

David Cronenberg narrates this fascinating documentary about
the secret world of international organ trafficking.  

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL (Japan, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Sion Sono, 126 mins

Things get insanely bloody when an inspiring film troupe
known as The Fuck Bombers collide with a yakuza boss who wants to make a movie
with his daughter, in Fantastic Fest veteran Sion Sono’s (LOVE EXPOSURE;
SUICIDE CLUB) latest.  

WITCHING & BITCHING (Spain, 2013)

US Premiere

Director – Alex de la Iglesia, 120 mins

Hit Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS)
returns to Fantastic Fest with a hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find
themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty
witches.   

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