WEEK IN WOMEN: Lisa Dreyer heads Austin, Texas’ Fantastic Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lisa Dreyer is preparing for her first Fantastic Fest as the full-time festival director of the Austin, Texas, cinematic extravaganza. Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is billed as the largest genre festival in the United States. As festival director, Dreyer will be responsible for overseeing the creative direction and operations of the festival, which showcases the best in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and other boundary-pushing and groundbreaking genre films from around the world.

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LITTLE JOE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Recently playing at Austin’s Fantastic Fest after competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (and winning Emily Beecham Best Actress award), Jessica Hausner’s English-language debut feature Little Joe in many was recalls her 2004 feature Hotel with its particular utilization of genre as a way to explore the relationship between women, identity and labor

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PELICAN BLOOD.- Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With the recent US premiere of her latest film Pelican Blood at Fantastic Fest, Katrin Gebbe returns once again to appreciative audiences in Austin after her fearless 2013 debut film Nothing Bad Can Happen. With the latter devastating audiences across the globe since its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, Pelican Blood reveals Gebbe to be a filmmaker now in full flight, more than capable of tackling confronting difficult questions around cliché-defying representations of mother-child bonds.

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