Women at Fantasia International Film Fest 2023 – Alexandra Heller Nicholas reports

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival returns from 20 July to 9th August this year with an exceptional array of films showcasing the international work of women in genre cinema both in front and behind the camera. The opening night film – Pascal Plante’s Les Chambres rouges – kicks off the fest’s focus on women with Juliette Gariépy starring as a serial killer obsessed young woman who gets close to the subject of her fascination. Fantasia will also host the world premieres of Mark H. Rapaport’s Hippo starring Berlinale Silver Bear winner Lilla Kizlinger, as well as two films with horror icon Barbara Crampton: Joe Lynch’s Suitable Flesh, and the world premiere of Larry Fessenden’s Blackout.

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TRIBECA FILM FEST 2023: Women and Horror – Preview by Alexandra Heller Nicholas

If you are looking for tangible evidence that film festivals are taking equity seriously, the stats surrounding the forthcoming 2023 Tribeca Festival are a good place to start. With 68% of films in competition directed by women and 36% of all features directed by BIPOC filmmakers, when these numbers are weighed up next to the high calibre names it’s frankly hard not to be impressed.

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ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Liz Whittemore

Writer-director Andrew Bowser gives audiences an instant classic and an ode to fandoms, everywhere, with Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls. The dialogue is over-the-top quirky and undeniably hysterical. Teresa Strebler’s production design is straight out of The Addam’s Family, with carved wood, tapestries, antique oddities, and secret passageways. Costumes are vibrant and eye-catching, and the special fx makeup team gives us pure Tim Burton deliciousness. The puppetry reminds me of 80’s Jim Henson creations. Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls stands shoulders above the tropes it incorporates. This film will be on everyone’s lips all year. I predict a bidding war and a franchise, and that’s a win for everyone.

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