Montreal's Fantasia Adds North American Premiere of The Case of Hana & Alice Film
posted on by Daryl Lee Hale
The 19th annual Fantasia International Film Festival's official website has added the North American premiere of The Case of Hana & Alice and the live-action films Lupin III and Princess Jellyfish to its lineup.
The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) is Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice. The film, Iwai's first feature-length animation, tells the story of how the two female high school leads in the Hana & Alice film met. Iwai conceived, wrote, and directed the original 2004 live-action Hana & Alice.
The Case of Hana & Alice opened in Japan in February. The film also competed at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival last month.
The 2014 Lupin III movie is the first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades. The film opened in Japan last August.
Interpol Inspector Zenigata begins a world-wide hunt for the infamous thief Arsène Lupin III, who, with his cavalcade of collaborators infiltrate a highly secured fortress-like safe named the 'Ark of Navarone' to claim the "Crimson Heart of Cleopatra".
Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight, nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen... who's actually a guy. When the threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom, or will she end up a hot mess?
The Fantasia Film Festival is also hosting the North American premieres of the Miss Hokusai anime film and the live-action Fatal Frame film, and the international premiere of the live-action Assassination Classroom film.
The event will take place from July 14-August 4 in Montreal.
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