Fantastic Fest 2021 Line-Up Includes 'Titane,' 'Lamb,' And More Wild Genre Movies

Despite the growing concern of the Delta variant of COVID-19 around the country, Fantastic Fest 2021 is still scheduled to unfold in Austin, Texas from September 23 through 30. Austin recently returned to Stage 5 pandemic guidelines, the highest level of restrictions, but that's not stopping the first wave of the Fantastic Fest 2021 line-up from being revealed. Films include the buzzed-about Cannes Film Festival favorites Titane, winner of the 2021 Palme D'Or, and A24's upcoming Lamb, which earned the Un Certain Regard Prize of Originality. But there's much more wild genre fare coming from Fantastic Fest 2021.

This year's Fantastic Four 2021 line-up includes mechanophilia, possessed nuns, possessed children, hallucinations, ghostly hauntings, time travel, exorcism, cerebral expansion, heavy metal, friendship, yakuza, canine trauma, multiple serial killers, coprophagia, cannibalism, tender embraces, vampires, copious bodily fluids, superheroes, warm laughs, disco-dancing firemen and so much more. Though we can already tell you one that you should probably avoid.

Even though the pandemic remains far from over, the festival will implement policies to keep attendees safe, including a requirement to show proof of vaccination:

    • All badge holders will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination.
    • Please bring physical or electronic proof of vaccination to check-in. No vaccine, no Fantastic Fest, no exceptions.
    • Additionally, masks must be worn at all times indoors when not eating or drinking.

    Fantastic Fest Director of Programming Annick Mahnert said in a statement:

    "We're thrilled at how the program is coming together. For this Post-Apocalyptic edition, we've scoured the four corners of the globe to find weird, silly, terrifying, entertaining and fantastic movies directed by established and emerging filmmakers. Opening this year's fest with a Palme d'Or winner from a Fantastic Fest alum is a real treat. As always, we also try to find unforgettable repertoire titles, and we couldn't be happier about hosting the US Premiere of the new restoration of Andrzej Zulawski's POSSESSION. This first wave is but the tip of the iceberg and we cannot wait to unveil the rest of the program to y'all!"

    So without further ado, let's dig into the first wave of Fantastic Fest films on the way this fall.

    Fantastic Fest 2021 Line-Up

    France, 2021
    US Premiere, 130 min
    Director – Bertrand Mandico
    On a mysterious new planet populated entirely by women, teenager Roxy and her mother undergo a fantastical journey in pursuit of a murderous criminal.
    USA, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 93 min
    Director – Mickey Reece
    Fantastic Fest favorite Mickey Reece is back with his most ambitious production yet, the story of a headstrong young nun accused of possession and her best friend who's left to grapple with the aftermath.
    USA, 2021
    World Premiere, 83 min
    Directors – Emily Bennett & Justin Brooks
    As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.
    United Kingdom, 2021
    World Premiere, 90 min
    Director – Charles Dorfman
    An alpha male social media influencer and his beta brother meet for an explosive dinner with their significant others – one where secrets are revealed, lives are ruined, and chaos reigns (fox included).
    USA, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 93 min
    Directors – Jim Cummings & PJ McCabe
    Jim Cummings is back as co-director and star in this pitch black film biz satire. Cummings revels in the full spectrum of bad behavior, leaving you laughing and gasping in equal measure.
    Japan, 2021
    North American Premiere, 70 min
    Director – Junta Yamaguchi
    Kato is a cafe owner in Kyoto who suddenly finds his bedroom computer screen linked to the one in his cafe, showing him exactly what's going on downstairs – two minutes in the future. Things get really absurd when his friends find out and devise a way to go ... BEYOND THE INFINITE 2 MINUTES.
    USA, 2021
    World Premiere, 85 min
    Director – Gigi Saul Guerrero
    The big, steel-toed boot of gentrification won't stop one determined locally-grown advocate as a new building owner offers Bingo as a portal to financial prosperity – but the price is something far more sinister and much less liberating.
    Denmark, 2021
    US Premiere, 97 min
    Director – Mads Hedegaard
    Kim Cannon Arm sets out to shatter records by playing Gyruss for 100 hours straight on a single coin and he can't do it on his own in this funny and philosophical documentary about the importance of friends and community.
    Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1976
    Repertory Screening, 90 min
    Director – Chi-Hwa Chen
    At the nexus point where Jackie Chan's star began to rise and Angela Mao's (ENTER THE DRAGON) was waning, they collaborated on this wild, rarely seen gem. Channeling Chan's own acrobatic style, Mao avenges the defeat of her teachers using a powerful "dancing girl" kung fu style inspired by the gyrations of brothel attendants.
    The Netherlands, Taiwan, 2021
    North American Premiere, 98 min
    Director – David Verbeek
    Five wealthy, fashionable friends wake up from a wild night in Taipei to find they've become vampires in David Verbeek's aesthetically gorgeous thriller.
    Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1977
    Repertory Screening, 92 min
    Director – Chang Mei-chung
    Now! DYNASTY! On the surface it looks like just another indie kung fu flick from Taiwan, but within minutes this crazy train has picked up a full head of steam and is on its way to a Never Never Land of wild weapons, mass mutilation, and major mayhem ... all in 3-D!!!
    USA, Mexico, Venezuela, 2021
    World Premiere, 98 min
    Director – Alejandro Hidalgo
    When children in a small Mexican town start dying of demonic possession, the inhabitants seek the help of Father Peter Williams, a priest haunted by a past exorcism gone sinfully wrong. What follows is an epic battle between good and evil.
    United Kingdom, 2021
    US Premiere, 102 min
    Directors – Sarah Appleton & Phillip Escott
    Whip out your phone cams and prepare to get immersive: Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott's THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON is a documentary-shaped crash course on the wobbliest horror films out there.
    USA, 2021
    US Premiere, 82 min
    Directors – Toby Poser, Zelda Adams & John Adams
    Fantastic Fest favorite filmmaking family Toby Poser, John Adams, and Zelda Adams return with their newest creative endeavor HELLBENDER, a witchy, heavy metal coming-of-age thriller.
    USA, 2021
    World Premiere, 88 min
    Director – Eric McEver
    Two self-proclaimed geeks and a live-in Japanese foreign exchange student procure a long-lost anime classic that inadvertently turns them into superheroes ... just in time for a Y2K-era Kaiju face-off!
    Brazil, 2021
    US Premiere, 97 min
    Director – Renata Pinheiro
    A young man's ability to surreally "be one" with cars sparks a revolution that could save transport in his community. When his invention inadvertently accelerates the underlying problems, our hero's quest must grow bigger than his own personal ambitions.
    Sweden, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 78 min
    Director – Frida Kempff
    Molly seems to be the only one who hears strange knocking day and night in her apartment. But she won't be deterred by unbelievers until she's discovered the cause of the noises tormenting her.
    Iceland, Sweden, Poland, 2021
    US Premiere, 107 min
    Director – Valdimar Jóhannsson
    On a remote farm in Iceland, a couple that experienced recent loss is caring for their flock of sheep. One day, one of their sheep gives birth to a very peculiar lamb that will change their lives forever.
    Japan, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 139 min
    Director – Kazuya Shiraishi
    A hard-won truce between rival yakuza gangs threatens to erupt into bloody violence when a psychopathic hoodlum is released from prison and vows to avenge the death of his boss.
    Ireland, 2021
    World Premiere, 97 min
    Director – Conor McMahon
    Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning when one brother is turned into a vampire and has to rely on his younger brother to protect him. Will brotherly love win out or is someone getting staked?
    Hong Kong, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 118 min
    Director – Soi Cheang
    A burnt-out cop and a by-the-book young detective team up to catch a vicious serial killer lurking in the garbage-filled alleys of Hong Kong in Soi Cheang's grimy monochrome masterpiece.
    USA, 2021
    US Premiere, 83 min
    Director – Phil Tippett
    An adventurer descends into a pit reaching the bowels of the Earth, searching for a spot on a crumbling map. On his journey in an apocalyptic world, he meets and fights monsters and creatures out of your worst nightmares in this passion project from stop-motion legend Phil Tippett.
    Denmark, 2021
    North American Premiere, 125 min
    Director – Martin Zandlivet
    When Marco, a Romani kid without papers, is caught at the Danish border with the passport of a man who went missing, Detective Carl Mørck from Department Q unknowingly opens Pandora's Box on what was supposedly a simple case.
    MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE presented by 36 Cinema
    Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1975
    Repertory Screening, 93 min
    Director – Jimmy Wang Yu
    A blind assassin armed with a vicious flying guillotine is out to kill the legendary one-armed boxer (martial arts superstar Jimmy Wang Yu). 36 Cinema presents MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE with live commentary by RZA!
    South Korea, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 103 min
    Director – KWON Oh-seung
    Discover the twisted nighttime alleys of Seoul in the tense and thrilling MIDNIGHT, the gripping tale of a Deaf woman and the serial killer who has underestimated his opponent.
    Belgium, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 70 min
    Director – Lenny Guit & Harpo Guit
    Issachar and Zabulon are two not-so-bright brothers who never manage to do anything right. When they lose Jacques-Janvier, their mom's beloved dog, she gives them a day to find him ... or else. And of course nothing goes smoothly.
    Portugal, 2020
    North American Premiere, 59 min
    Director – Carlos Conceição
    A serial killer is propelled into fame after he kisses a dying woman who has just thrown herself off a balcony. Viewed by the world as an act of kindness, that gesture may well be hiding something far more sinister.
    USA, Uganda, 2021
    World Premiere, 94 min
    Director – Cathryne Czubek & Hugo Perez
    Documenting the rise of Uganda's Tarantino and his complex relationship with a middle-aged white dude from New York, ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA tells the amazing story of a micro-film industry making $200 action films that have traveled the world, and how it happened almost by accident.
    France, Germany, 1981
    US Premiere of 4K Restoration, 124 min
    Director – Andrzej Zulawski
    It took 30 years for people to catch up to POSSESSION's bizarre, gelatinous majesty, and now it graces the Fantastic Fest screen in a breathtaking 4K restoration.
    Japan, 2020
    US Premiere, 100 min
    Director – Yusuke Hirota
    In this animated adventure, a young chimney sweep meets a sentient pile of junkyard scrap one Halloween night, raising questions about the world outside the isolated, walled-off community the boy has known his entire life.
    Indonesia, 2021
    Texas Premiere, 91 min
    Director – Randolph Zaini
    After Pandu witnesses a murder by a local gang – the unsavory mini-mob that his father works for – Deaf criminal Sandi has to turn against his own crew and flee town to protect him. Unfortunately, his boss Guru is not about to let go so easily.
    Taiwan, 2021
    US Premiere, 99 min
    Director – Rob Jabbaz
    As Taiwan succumbs to a viral pandemic that transforms ordinary peaceful citizens into sadistic, bloodthirsty maniacs, a young couple must battle to be reunited before they too become infected in this gleefully gory, morally reprehensible late-night splatterfest.
    United Kingdom, 2021
    North American Premiere, 95 min
    Director – Charlotte Colbert
    After a double mastectomy, actress Veronica Ghent travels to a remote place in Scotland in order to recuperate. However, the land around the retreat radiates with a dark power that will ultimately help liberate her from a traumatic past.
    USA, 1974
    Repertory Screening, 83 min
    Director – Art Names
    An exceedingly odd rural snake revenge movie — made on a zilch budget and scored by electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani — that will make you question your relationship with reality, relativity, and reptiles.
    USA, 2021
    World Premiere, 110 min
    Director – Scott Barber
    GWAR is the galaxy's greatest rock 'n roll band, an intergalactic troupe of marauders who crash-landed in Antarctica and are committed to rocking your face off. But they're also a bunch of amazing artists from Virginia determined to put on the wildest, bloodiest show you've ever seen. This is how.
    France, Belgium, 2021
    US Premiere, 108 min
    Director – Julia Ducournau
    A car accident irreparably changes the course of one woman's life, sending her down a bizarre, twisted path in the search for love and acceptance.
    Norway, 2021
    International Premiere, 113 min
    Director – Tommy Wirkola
    A married couple travels to their isolated cabin in the woods for some peace and quiet, with the husband planning to murder his wife. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and things only get worse from there ....
    Italy, USA, 1979
    Repertory Screening, 108 min
    Director – Michael J. Paradise
    This Italian-made horror/soap-opera/psychedelic light show was made to scoop up any stray dollars that THE OMEN and THE EXORCIST may have left on the table. Featuring an amazing will-work-for-food cast that includes John Huston as a kind of cosmic child pimp for the lord, Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Sam Peckinpah (!!!), and of course Franco Nero as Jesus Christ.
    Japan, 2021
    International Premiere, 67 min
    Director – Hugo Sakamoto
    And now for something completely different: Cannibal cultists and vengeful martial artists lead the way as found footage horror gets a cult film makeover courtesy of Hugo Sakamoto's inventive and spirited debut.