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Thanks for the memories, Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival!
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Thanks for the memories, Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival!

Lars Nilsen here. I just returned from Slovenia and a trip to the Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival. When I first received the invitation I think I sort of glossed over the wine part. I thought, “Oh, a film festival with wine. Fun.” But I hadn’t quite understood that it meant that as a jury member I’d also be judging the wines of the region, many of them. Very good ones. I did my level best to balance the demands of being a conscientious judge, representative of Fantastic Fest and wine swiller but it was a demanding detail so I apologize in advance if my memories are a little cloudy.

Fantastic Fest Alums: Catching Up With The Class of 2006
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Fantastic Fest Alums: Catching Up With The Class of 2006

It’s August, and Fantastic Fest crests on the horizon like the brilliant first light of morning. A simile like this would seem flowery and overzealous if not for the fact that Fantastic Fest is in fact the greatest film festival in the universe—oh that’s right Zaxon 7, I said it—and we film geeks furiously count down the days leading to its return. But in our excitement to reach another September and all the bountiful glories there contained, every now and again it’s nice to reflect on Fantastic Fest past like some weird Dickensian ghost and check in with some of the filmmakers to see what they’ve been up to.