Return from the Fantasia International Film Festival on Thursday

The Fantasia International Film Festival is back to impress moviegoers from Thursday.

At the opening of the 26th edition, the Canadian action film “Polaris” will be screened as a world premiere. Director and screenwriter Kirsten Cathrew will attend the screening at Concordia University, along with actress Viva Lee and producers Max Fraser and Alyson Richards.

Quebecer Muriel Dutil plays the role of Dee in “Polaris”, whose story is set in the Yukon. The feature film features an exclusively female cast and a real polar bear. Stunts abound and, according to details shared by Fantasia, it’s an “uncompromising bloody sci-fi eco-adventure.”

Here is the synopsis: “The modern world has been turned upside down and we are in a remote part of the world, where the seasons have been replaced by a permanent winter, and where women endure a hostile way of life, a reflection of a unforgiving environment, inherited from the cruel indifference of previous generations. In this world a poisonous green substance thicker than blood flows through the veins of fish and wild animals. There are few women in this immense area, where everyone struggles to survive. But there are marauder factions (MORADS), who work together and use their collective power to loot, hunt and remain formidable in the event of an attack.Being a Morad requires a hard work ethic, supported by peer acceptance. In return, it is it is possible to live longer because the strength lies in the community.Being different from a Morad is the risk of becoming a target – and that requires exceptional mutual survivability.

Don’t forget, Fantasia will be rolling out the red carpet for Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo by presenting him with the Honorary Career Award. We owe him the films “Broken Arrow”, “Face/off”, “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Paycheck”, all produced in Hollywood, but John Woo’s career began in 1968, in Asia, with the films ” Dead Knot” and “Ouran”. And it continues, as he is currently filming “Silent Night,” marking his return to American cinema after a few years of absence.

We will also pay tribute to Jean-Pierre Tadros, among others, by awarding him the Denis-Héroux Prize, to highlight his contribution to the seventh art and to television, he who is the publisher, founder and editor-in-chief of the daily CTVM .info. We will also pay tribute to the career of producer and director Pierre David and that of programmer and entrepreneur Roland Smith, who will also receive the Denis-Héroux Prize.

During this edition, Fantasia will watch queer films and take an interest in Korean animation.

The Fantasia International Film Festival runs from July 14 to August 3. The program is here [].

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