Fantasia books latest from Pascal Laugier, Rob Grant and Seth Smith

The Montreal genre festival plans a screening of Laugier's The Tall Man (pictured), a Canada-France co-production shot last year in B.C., on opening night July 19.
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Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man (pictured), the Canada-France co-production that stars Jesscia Biel and Stephen McHattie, will screen on the opening night of the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

The thriller shot in British Columbia last year will receive a Canadian premiere after Japanese director Takashi Miike’s high school musical spoof movie For Love’s Sake opens the Canadian genre film festival on July 19.

The Canadian contingent at Fantasia will also include Rob Grant’s blood-soaked comedy Mon Ami, to receive a world bow, and Jeremy Power Regimbal’s Replicas, which gets a Canadian debut after debuting at Tribeca earlier this year.

And there’s a world premiere for Steve Kerr’s Colombarium, which stars David Boutin and Maxime Dumontier as estranged brothers who exorcise their family demons to secure an inheritance.

Elsewhere, a serial killer is on the loose in Braden Croft’s Hemorrhage, which receives a Quebec premiere, at the same time there’s a world bow for Seth Smith’s Low Life.

And Montrealer Boris Rodriguez’ is bring Fantasia Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, by way of Tribeca and Karlovy Vary, for its Canadian premiere.

The Danish-Canadian co-production stars Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reill and Stephen McHattie.

McHattie also top-lines Casey Walker’s A Little Bit Zombie, which receives a Quebec premiere in Montreal.

Also booked into Fantasia is Steven Kostanski’s Manborg, Aaron Houston’s raunchy mockumentary The Sunflower Hour, and the previously announced films Cold Blooded, by Jason Lapeyre, Michael Peterson’s Lloyd the Conqueror and and Andrew Bush’s Roller Town.

The Fantasia International Film Festival’s 16th edition is set to run from July 19 to August 9.