Known as the “Comic-Con of Film Festivals,” Austin’s yearly Fantastic Fest is a film festival with the boring parts cut out. Originating in 2005, the festival has hosted world premieres for films like Zombieland (with director Ruben Fleischer and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone in attendance) and There Will Be Blood (with writer/producer/director Paul Thomas Anderson in attendance). The festival has also hosted a number of special screenings and retrospectives as well as been the home to U.S. premieres like Daybreakers and Human Centipede.
For the 2010 Fantastic Fest, the opening night film will be the U.S. premiere of Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The premiere is September 23rd with director Matt Reeves and cast members in attendance.
Regarding the film’s selection, Reeves shared these thoughts: “We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist’s story as I am.”
At this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, the midnight showcases gave me a glimpse of what I could expect with Fantastic Fest, a festival which scours the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for our viewing pleasure.
Let Me In is the Americanized version of John Ajvide Linqvist’s Swedish novel that was previously adapted as Let the Right One In. The film centers on an alienated 12-year old (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins).
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