Drafthouse Launches Fantastic Fest Tour with 'Congress', Sono & More
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2013
"Genre film fans will get a sneak peak at this year's hands-down craziest and wickedly enjoyable movies." While this year's Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas has wrapped up, the spirit of the festival will continue with a nationwide "tour". Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse has officially announced a Fantastic Fest tour featuring eight of the genre movies playing in the 2013 festival, including Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Ari Folman's sci-fi The Congress, Alex Van Warmerdam's Borgman and E.L Katz's Cheap Thrills. For fans of genre films, this is a cool opportunity to catch some great films.
The first inaugural Fantastic Fest Tour will take place at all Alamo Drafthouse markets over three weekends in November. "We wanted to bring the excitement of Fantastic Fest to other cities around the country," said Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. For exact locations, showtimes and tickets please visit the tour page on Drafthouse.com. Here's a list of all eight Fantastic Fest 2013 films touring:
Big Bad Wolves (2013, Israel, 110 min)
Directed by Navot Papushado & Aahron Keshales
Borgman (2013, The Netherlands, 113 min)
Directed by Alex Van Warmerdam
Cheap Thrills (2013, USA, 85 min)
Directed by E.L. Katz
Confession of Murder (2012, South Korea, 119 min)
Directed by Jeong Byeong Gil
The Congress (2013, Israel, 123 min)
Directed by Ari Folman
Grand Piano (2013, Spain, 90 min)
Directed by Eugenio Mira
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013, China, 110 min)
Directed by Stephen Chow and Chi-Kin Kwok
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013, Japan, 126 min)
Directed by Sion Sono
Fantastic Fest (recap our coverage from this year) -- the nation's largest genre film festival -- is pleased to announce the Fantastic Fest Tour, which will take place at all Alamo Drafthouse markets over three weekends in November (check your local listings for details).Fantastic Fest has partnered with Drafthouse Films, Magnet Releasing, and Well Go USA to present audience favorites from the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2013. The Fantastic Fest tour is designed to highlight these (8) independent titles, and give discerning and adventurous filmgoers across the nation the opportunity to enjoy unique works well before their theatrical and/or online release. This is a cool idea and I'm happy to see them push these films wider.
I may see a few of these myself - including Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Grand Piano, maybe Cheap Thrills. I also recommend both The Congress and Borgman. Let us know what you catch on the Fantastic Fest tour.