Celebrating its 24th edition with 25 feature films, the long-running Lund Fantastic Film Festival favors the unusual over the expected.
Over the course of ten days we treats Swedish audiences to a broad range of feature film premieres, welcoming the works of directors of 17 different nationalities to Kino.
Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy kicks the festivities into high gear on September 27 with a psychedelic and beautiful nightmare that expertly submerges viewers in the protagonist’s darkening psyche. The film was a breakout sensation at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and went on to claim a spot in Cannes’ prestigious Directors’ Fortnight. Before an October 29 release date in Nordic territories, a deliriously unhinged Nicolas Cage gets to pursue his unfettered vengeance in Lund.
An atypical but sure-to-be crowd-pleasing closer comes from the opposite end of the world and finds kinetic action chops in genetically enhanced teens. On October 6, Park Hoon-jung’s The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion cheekily toys around with superhero tropes, and guides viewers to a spectacular and surprising climax that highlights the many talents of screen debutant Kim Da-mi.
Following South-Korea’s box office triumph, the second closing night film turns to tiny terror of a partially homegrown nature with the national premiere of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Swedish directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund unleash an irreverent shocker full of murderous puppet mayhem that’s sure to delight a midnight crowd.
Half of this year’s Lund Fantastic lineup consists of competition films. Six face off against one another in the European Méliès d’Argent competition while six go toe to toe in the international competition, The Siren Competition.