Earlier today, the Fantasia International Film Festival announced the first phase of events, films and honors that will be given at their 18th annual celebration. The Montreal-based festival will go on from July 17 until August 5.
The event will open with the Canadian premiere of "Jacky in the Kingdom of Women," a political satire that takes place in a land where women are in charger men must remained covered and subversive. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars.
Other highlights include screenings of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," Mike Cahill's "I Origins" and a special screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy," an upcoming blockbuster starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
In addition to the lineup, Fantasia has also announced the recipient for their Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Japanese animator Mamoru Oshii, most known for the films "Ghost in Hell" and "Urusei Yatsura."
Fantasia has also shared the poster for this year's festival, designed by award-winning Quebec illustrator Donald Caron. It's a tribute to filmmaker and stop-motion special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, author Ray Bradbury and journalist Forrest J. Ackerman. Harryhausen was honored by the festival in 2005.
The full lineup for the 18th Fantasia International Film Festival will be announced on July 10. Check out the poster below and head to the Fantasia website for more information.