Quebec film Brain Freeze will open the Fantasia festival

Brain Freeze, an apocalyptic Quebec zombie film by Julien Knafo, will open the 25e edition of the Fantasia festival which will take place from August 5 to 25, have just announced the organizers.



Posted on April 8, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.

André Duchesne
André Duchesne
Press

Starring Roy Dupuis, Iani Bédard and Marianne Fortier, this film tells the story of managers of a posh golf club who, in the hope of keeping it open year-round, give a multinational the contract to use a fertilizer that can genetically modify the lawn. However, the product has an unexpected effect on people.

Filming for the film took place last year in two segments. It had been interrupted due to the pandemic. The final scenes were shot at the end of July. Its release at Fantasia will be its world premiere.

Simon-Olivier Fecteau, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Stéphane Crête, Claudia Ferri, Louis-Georges Girard, Mahée Paiement, Mylène Mackay and Marie-Lyne Joncas are also in the cast. Jean Barbe co-signs the screenplay with Julien Knafo who signs here a first solo feature film.

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A scene from the feature film Brain Freeze who will open the 25e edition of Fantasia.

Mr. Knafo has been working on this project for several years. Interviewed at Press in november 2015, he called his film a “horror comedy” in which nature fights and annihilates those who want to annihilate it.

Roy Dupuis was already attached to the project at the time and declared: “I think this is the first time that I see such a beautiful zombie film (a first demo was circulating at that time: Editor’s note). The photo, the textures, the atmospheres; all of this is very beautiful, whereas in the zombie movies that I have seen, the photo is never extraordinary. And the environmental background came to seek me too. ”

This is the fourth time in 25 years that a Quebec film has opened an edition of Fantasia, a festival dedicated to genre films. The precedents are Scams by Kim Nguyen (2008), King Dave de Podz (2016) et In the fog by Daniel Roby (2018).

That said, for a second year, Fantasia will be presented online, at least for the most part. It is planned that screenings and activities will take place indoors, in compliance with current health standards. Online access will be available across Canada.

The festival’s lineup will be unveiled in several segments over the coming months. The official poster, a work by Donald Caron, with a cat handling samurai, however, indicates a strong presence of Japanese cinema.

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The poster for the 25e editing.

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