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Fantastic Fest 2017 Announces Final Lineup, Including ‘World of Tomorrow’ Sequel, ‘Downsizing’ Closing Night, and Much More

Plus: world premieres, a highly-anticipated 4K restoration, and Frank Grillo getting the leading man role he's long deserved.


Alamo Drafthouse’s annual Fantastic Fest has announced its final portion of its lineup, including a closing night screening of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” a slew of new world premieres, and the much-anticipated follow-up to Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow,” this one titled “World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts.”

Other highlights include Angela Robinson’s kinky new “Professor Marston & and the Wonder Women” — the year’s other “Wonder Woman” movie — plus Coralie Fargeat’s appropriately titled “Revenge,” Joachim Trier’s mind-bending “Thelma,” Viktor Jakovleski’s literally explosive “Brimstone & Glory,” a 4K restoration of Takashi Miike’s “Ichi the Killer,” and much, much more.

As ever, the annual festival is offering up a bevy of unique and off-kilter programming picks, including “a crowded cornucopia of events that invade all corners of the fest. Gross-out grub-gorging spectacle Puke and Explode rumbles once more, notorious VHS archival warriors Everything is Terrible return with an all-new show to both delight and horrify.”

Plus, “comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried will be performing and screening the incredible biographical doc ‘Gilbert,’ and the seminal Fantastic Debates marks its 10-year anniversary of polemic pugilism in spectacular fashion.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the vast array of filmmaking on display in this year’s program,” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy in an official statement. “From the most highly acclaimed studio titles to the smallest independent debuts, it’s exhilarating to embrace unique creativity from the four corners of the world. Bringing filmmakers together in a program that highlights the increasing diversity of cinema is truly an honor that we can’t wait to share with our audience.

As previously announced, this year’s FF audience will be larger than ever. For fans of Fantastic Fest’s sensibilities who can’t make it to the annual festival, the festival has a few new options: Alamo Drafthouse locations in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Denver will feature an exclusive slate of 2017 Fantastic Fest titles over the weekend of September 29.

The newest additions to the Fantastic Fest lineup are available on the next page, with official synopses provided by the festival. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

Fantastic Fest runs September 21 – 28 in Austin, Texas.

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