SFFF Day 2 – Chillin’ with the Villains

The Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival went globe-trotting to start Day 2. The “Drawn from Around the World” block of animated shorts offered some enthralling works. Many conveyed a sad or lamenting poignancy. Keiro (Tatiana Jusewycz, Benoît Leloup, Franck Menigoz, Zoé Nérot, and Charlotte Poncin, 2016) traced a girl’s journey to adulthood and its effect on the giant creature that accompanies her, Beyond the Books (Jérôme Battistelli, Mathilde Cartigny, Nicolas Evain, Maéna Paillet, Robin Pelissier, and Judith Wahler, 2017) envisioned the highly detailed collapse of an impossibly immense library, the Spanish short Dead Horses (Marc Riba and Anna Solanas, 2016) revealed the brutality of war from a child’s perspective and amid fabric devastation, and the Indian film Schirkoa (Asian Shukla, 2017) imagined political strife in a world where citizens wear bags and boxes on their heads. Others brought the funny, like Daniel Sterlin-Altman’s Hi, It’s Your Mother (2017), about motherhood, blood loss, and middle class living told in crude claymation, and Deuspi (Megacomputer, 2017), a very short work about a pair of astonishingly inept stick-up men and their hilarious fates.

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La Boca Del Leon (Alfonso Garcia, 2013)

Let’s kick off our month of horror shorts with a genuinely scary film from Spain. Horror films have always been preoccupied with point of view, and so it’s been natural that the trope of the I-camera (those POV shots locked into the perspective of the monster or killer) has led the horror film, above all other genres, to embrace digital media and personal recording capabilities. Few films utilize this technology more efficiently and more effectively than Alfonso García’s 2013 short La Boca Del León (The Lion’s Mouth). This FaceTime exorcism is a gripping 5 minute watch and a great start to MMC!‘s celebration of bite-sized terror.

Perdita Durango (Alex de la Iglesia, 1997)

Drafthouse Films Logo“One of the best films of the year.  I just hope the rest of America gets to see it.”  — Ron Wells, FILM THREAT

Move over Bonnie and Clyde.  Hold on Mickey and Mallory.  Cult filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia brings an even wilder vision of outlaw love in his 1997 Tex-Mex tribute to sex and violence, Perdita Durango.  Tough-as-nails Perdita (Rosie Pérez) falls for Romeo (Javier Bardem), a bank-robbing, corpse-stealing, coke-snorting sorcerer and Tihuana Brass enthusiast.  Together, the pair kidnap a couple of American teens and drag them into a plan to smuggle a truckload of fetuses to a Las Vegas pharmaceutical company for a Mexican crime boss.  Along the way, they are pursued by an unlucky DEA agent (James Gandolfini), a betrayed accomplice (Santiago Segura) and fated tragedy.  Boasting supporting performances by filmmaker Alex Cox and musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Álex de la Iglesia’s English language début, seen here in its complete form for the first time, is an unrecognized classic of the new brutality cinema of the 1990s.

Special Features:

  • The previously unreleased and complete 126-minute version of Perdita Durango, approved by Álex de la Iglesia
  • Introduction by filmmaker and actor Alex Cox
  • Making of featurette with interviews of cast and crew
  • Perdita in Flux: UK writer Brad Stevens on the making of Perdita Durango, casting and filmmaking changes, and the various versions of the film released globally
  • Interview with the source novel’s author and screenplay writer, Barry Gifford
  • Theatrical teaser, trailer and TV spot
  • 60-page booklet reproducing the film’s press book and an interview with Álex de la Iglesia

“Trust in Science” Edition – Package includes:

  • Perdita Durango on Blu-ray or Standard DVD with reversible sleeve art by Mondo artist Phantom City Creative
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the film
  • The 25-track Original Motion Picture Soundtrack including 10 original tracks composed by Simon Boswell in 320kpbs MP3 Audio
  • de la Iglesia autographed 27″ x 40″ theatrical poster
  • Barry Gifford’s novel 59° and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango
  • Limited Edition Happy Pet Dog Food flying disc

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The Day of the Beast (Alex de la Iglesia, 1995)

Drafthouse Films Logo“If Mel Brooks had directed ‘The Omen’, it may have come out like this.”  Ron Wells, FILM THREAT

Father Ángel Berriartúa (Álex Angulo) has discovered that the Antichrist will soon be born on Christmas Eve, but doesn’t know where.  To meet the Devil himself and find out, Berriartúa becomes a sinner and enlists the aid of heavy metal fanatic José María (Santiago Segura) and occult TV host Professor Cavan (Armando De Razza).  Together, this unlikely trio may be humanity’s last hope to save an already wretched world from demonic forces and prophecized annihilation.  Nominated for 14 Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars) and winner of 6 including Best Director, Álex de la Iglesia’s hilariously brutal and brutally hilarious sophomore feature is “nothing short of a hangman’s slapstick masterpiece” (Austin Chronicle).

Special Features:

  • Introduction by Álex de la Iglesia
  • Audio commentary with filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia
  • Audio commentary with film scholars Núria Triana Toribio and Andrew Willis
  • Making of The Day of the Beast: The 1995 Spanish Documentary Channel featurette
  • Interviews with Álex de la Iglesia, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura
  • Theatrical teaser and trailer
  • Gallery of posters, shooting photos and stills
  • Cast and crew filmographies
  • Killer Mirindas, de la Iglesia’s 1991 début short film
  • Acceptance speeches and cast and crew interviews from the 1995 Goya Awards
  • 36-page booklet including the original press book

“Clean Up Madrid” Edition – Package includes:

  • The Day of the Beast on Blu-ray or Standard DVD with over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film
  • Instant Download of the 46-track The Day of the Beast Motion Picture Soundtrack including the 30-track Original Score of Battista Lena and 16 Satanic Themes selected by Álex de la Iglesia in 320kpbs MP3 Audio
  • 27″ x 40″ Theatrical Poster autographed by de la Iglesia
  • Limited Edition Professor Cavan Eye-in-Hand Amulet
  • Limited Edition “Satannica” T-Shirt

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