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  • Fantasia 2018’s 1st Wave Includes 3 from Korea
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 10, 2018

    The annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Quebec has revealed its first wave of titles ahead of this year’s 22nd edition. Within the announcement was a trio of Korean projects: SHIN Dong-seok’s dark drama Last Child (2017), KANG Yun-sung’s crime thriller THE OUTLAWS (2017) and Joko ANWAR’s Indonesian co-production Satan’s Slaves.

    SHIN’s debut feature film Last Child will have its Canadian premiere in Montreal. The film, which chronicles the story of grieving parents who get close to the schoolboy their dead son saved, was previously screened as part of the New Currents competition of the Busan International Film Festival last October. Most recently it screened at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, where it won the festival’s inaugural White Mulberry Award for best first or second feature. 

    KANG Yun-sung’s unexpected Chuseok hit THE OUTLAWS, will have its Quebec premiere in Montreal. Featuring Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok) who received a lot of fame for TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016), the film pits a gruff detective from a tough neighborhood going up against a vicious Chinese-Korean gang in Seoul. The film was a major success at home, welcoming almost seven million viewers.

    Also at Fantasia, will be Joko ANWAR’s horror film Satan’s Slaves, an Indonesian project co-produced by Korean major CJ Entertainment. The film has proved to be a success in Indonesia and was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Overlook Film Festival, where it picked up the Feature Jury Prize.

    This year’s Fantasia will take place from July 12 to August 1.
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