Liza the Fox-Fairy
Wednesday January 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
Director: Károly Ujj Mészáros
Country: Hungary Language: Hungarian/Japanese
Hungarian director’s Karoly Ujj Meszaros fanciful debut, about a woman whose first dates always end up dead, is an impressive, special effects-laden genre mashup.
True love might be worth dying for, but it is slightly premature to die on the first date, as all the men do who are interested in the titular hero of Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a rokatunder). A fanciful fantasy-horror-romance hybrid, this good-looking debut feature from Hungarian commercials director Karoly Ujj Meszaros combines the whimsy and colorful, retro-inspired visuals of Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Japanese mythology and a generous helping of the mordant wit and macabre leanings more familiar from Eastern European fare, such as the work of compatriot Gyorgy Palfi (Hukkle, Taxidermia).
A respectable, crowd-pleasing hit at home, where over 100,000 people went to see it in cinemas (in a country of just under 10 million people), Liza has been a festival hit as well, winning top honors in Seattle and Fantasporto and second place at the Austin Fantastic Fest. After bowing in California at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, this film continues its festival tour in Revelstoke, BC!
Revelstoke Multicultural Society & Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present Movies in the Mountains, the best multicultural films from the Toronto International Film Festival on the fourth Wednesday of every month.