Fantastic Fest Day One Recap
Fantastic Fest started its 13th year with a somber speech regarding the strength of the Austin film community and the fans of the fest. The crazy djs and antics of previous openings were gone, which was appropriate given the recent controversy that surrounded the Fest. I will not rehash those details, but if you are curious, you can read about that here. I can say that the fans rallied together in unity and in support of equality for all film fans.
After the introduction to the fest came the first movie of the night: Thoroughbreds, starring Split's Anya Taylor-Joy, Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke, and the late, great, Anton Yelchin. Wha a great flick to start the fest! The film revolves around two boarding school girls that make the determination that their lives would be better if they kill one of their stepdads. It is a dark, subversive comedy with excellent performances.
The second film I watched during the official festivities was Thelma, a solid sci-if coming-of-age drama about a young woman learning about her mysterious powers.
Next up was the opening party, which this year was a pajama party. An epic pillow fight went down amongst the crowd.
The final movie of the night was Vampire Clay, which was an odd film about killer clay. Needless to say, it was weird.
For those of you at the fest, the following is a list of recommendations of must-see films I have seen that played during the first day of Fantastic Fest:
3FT Ball and Souls
Now, the film from day one that I liked the least: Rift.
Stay tuned for more reviews and discussions about each day as the fest continues!