Alamo Drafthouse announced its first wave of programming for the 11th annual Fantastic Fest on July 30, 2015, and it points to yet another year of inspired genre entries. The most notable inclusion is “Bone Tomahawk”, the Kurt Russell starring horror western that will close out the festival.
In yet another coup, the iconic action star will be in attendance, along with co-star Matthew Fox and the film’s director S. Craig Zahler’s. “Bringing Kurt Russell back to the Alamo is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time” said Fantastic Fest and Drafthouse founder Tim League. “And to do it with BONE TOMAHAWK, a quintessential Fantastic Fest film, means we’re in for one hell of a closer.”
The unifying theme of this year’s festival is Turkish genre cinema, whose history will be recounted in the new documentary “Remix, Remake, Ripoff” that will premiere at the festival, to be introduced by director Cem Kaya. Fantastic Fest Head Programmer, Evrim Ersoy stated that ”We are delighted to be digging deep into Turkish cinema for a journey of discovery. With its ‘filmmaking-at-any-cost’ mentality, the sheer insanity of Turkish cinema is a perfect match for Fantastic Fest.”
Other Turkish entries will include “Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam”, also know as the “Turkish Star Wars”, Yilmayan Şeytan (Aka The Deathless Devil) and Tarkan Viking Kani (Aka Tarkan Vs The Vikings). Turkish filmmaker Çetin İnanç and actor Kunt Tulgar will also be in attendance. The 2015 official Fantastic Fest poster has a Turkish cinema theme as well.
“Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn will also be returning to the festival. The filmmaker will show off his extensive collection of American exploitation movie posters (featured in his book “Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing”) at Austin’s Mondo Gallery from September 25-27. Three of the films from the book (“Farewell Uncle Tom”, “The X-Rated Supermarket”, and “My Body Hungers” will also screen at the festival, followed by a Q&A and book signing with Refn.
“Being a massive fan of Austin, Texas, I consider it a great privilege to join forces with Fantastic Fest and the Mondo gallery to host the exclusive U.S. debut of “Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing,” the director stated. “I’m excited to show the world this odyssey of rare and exclusive poster art at the festival alongside screenings of some of the films that inspired it.”
For the full list of film announcements, click here to visit the official Fantastic Fest website. The Austin, TX based festival will run September 24 through October 1, with its sister festival, Mondo-Con running October 2-4.