WOMEN AT FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival – one of the world’s biggest and most highly genre films festivals – returns in 2022 from 14 July to 3 August with its usual impressive line-up of world, national and regional premieres, as well as hosting a diverse array of international and local guests and signature special events. Of these latter, the unquestionable highlight of this year’s Fantasia is the awarding of the Canadian Trailblazer Award to pioneering filmmaker, author, critic, historian and curator, Kier-La Janisse.

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HONEYCOMB (Slamdance 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Stories about small isolated groups of individuals cut off from the broader world and left to construct their own new society on their own terms is a far from original premise. With its shared focus on young woman cut adrift, Avalon Fast’s Honeycomb fits the trope. But there is nothing derivative or nostalgic about Honeycomb. It is a wild, wandering, wonderous film, a dreamy, abstracted portrait of that liminal space between adolescence and adulthood.

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