Tributes

Nick Cage

Cheval Noir Career Award 2023: Nicolas Cage

H.I. McDonnough. Ronny Cammereri. Peter Leow. Sailor Ripley. Ben Sanderson. Cameron Poe. Yuri Orlov. Sean Archer & Castor Troy. Charlie & Donald Kaufman. Big Daddy. Joe Ransom. Red Miller. Robin Feld. Nick Cage. Dracula.

Most actors’ careers are filled with movies, but Nicolas Cage’s career is filled with people. Not mere characters who simply populate a story but people, almost always real and identifiable even in extreme situations, who are the story’s raison d’etre. In over 40 years in film, Nicolas Cage has brought a wide variety of unforgettable people to life in works that are as memorable as the characters he portrayed, with textured performances that have been among the most exciting and unique from anyone in the last four decades. More so than that, Cage is drawn to films and filmmakers that take these people (and the audiences) on unforgettable, often risk-taking journeys, be they in dark dramas (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, JOE, PIG), wild comedies (RAISING ARIZONA, VAMPIRE’S KISS), action favourites (CON AIR, FACE/OFF), or such fearless masterworks as WILD AT HEART and MANDY, films that mix the true and the fantastic into indelible works of popular and cinematic art. And now, at the world premiere of SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL and another classic Cage performance, Fantasia is honoured to present this year’s Cheval Noir Career Award to this remarkable performer responsible for bringing life to some of the most fascinating people to grace the big screen in some of the most extraordinary films ever made.

Selected Filmography

RENFIELD - 2023
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT
OF MASSIVE TALENT - 2022
BUTCHER’S CROSSING - 2022
PIG - 2021
PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND - 2021
COLOR OUT OF SPACE - 2019
MANDY - 2018
MOM AND DAD - 2017
SNOWDEN - 2016
DOG EAT DOG - 2016
DYING OF THE LIGHT - 2014
JOE - 2013
DRIVE ANGRY - 2011
KICK-ASS - 2010
BAD LIEUTENANT:PORT
OF CALL NEW ORLEANS - 2009
KNOWING - 2009
GHOST RIDER - 2007
NEXT - 2007
WORLD TRADE CENTER - 2006
LORD OF WAR - 2005
NATIONAL TREASURE - 2004
MATCHSTICK MEN - 2003

ADAPTATION - 2002
WINDTALKERS - 2002
SONNY - 2002
GONE IN 60 SECONDS - 2000
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD - 1999
8MM - 1999
SNAKE EYES - 1998
CITY OF ANGELS - 1998
FACE/OFF - 1997
CON AIR - 1997
THE ROCK - 1996
LEAVING LAS VEGAS - 1995
RED ROCK WEST - 1993
AMOS & ANDREW - 1993
WILD AT HEART - 1990
VAMPIRE’S KISS - 1988
MOONSTRUCK - 1987
RAISING ARIZONA - 1987
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED - 1986
BIRDY - 1984
THE COTTON CLUB - 1984
RACING WITH THE MOON - 1984
RUMBLE FISH - 1983
VALLEY GIRL - 1983

Larry Kent

Canadian Trailblazer Award 2023: Larry Kent

Fantasia is proud to be giving our 2023 Canadian Trailblazer Award to Larry Kent, Canada’s first underground feature filmmaker and a godfather of CDN independent cinema.

Cited by David Cronenberg as “a heroic figure,” Larry Kent made films “so ahead of their time” (to quote Atom Egoyan) that they eventually fell out of official circulation.

Situated somewhere between the vivid indie dramas of John Cassavetes and the lurid melodramas of Doris Wishman, with atypical protagonists and narratives that compassionately (and confrontationally!) addressed a multitude of social issues, Kent’s films brought new vitality to Canadian cinema — and time has only added to their potency. Kent’s legendary 1963 debut, the raw and provocative THE BITTER ASH, was a complete gamechanger, being the first fully independently-made feature produced in the country, a genuine Canadian “beat” moment, leading to acclaim and condemnation as police seized prints and a new breed of artists were inspired to pick up Bolexes. With 1971’s THE APPRENTICE (FLEUR BLEUE), Kent made Canada’s first bilingual feature, casting Steve Fiset opposite Susan Sarandon as his leads. He continues to make singular and gutsy independent features, his most recent works, EXLEY (2011) and SHE WHO MUST BURN (2015) having both World Premiered at Fantasia, the latter winning Spectacular Optical’s 2015 Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature at the festival.

Whether audiences have caught up with Kent’s uncompromising vision or not, Canadian International Pictures have been working on an ambitious restoration initiative that aims to resurrect his most seminal films, starting with the Vancouver Trilogy: THE BITTER ASH (1963), SWEET SUBSTITUTE (1964), and WHEN TOMORROW DIES (1965), all three of which will be unveiled at the festival in special 4K projections. Fantasia also will be presenting a rare 35mm print of YESTERDAY (GABRIELLE) (1981) and a special screening of SHE WHO MUST BURN, the latter of which has become particularly topical to revisit in light of the U.S.’s shocking overturning of Roe V Wade.

Larry Kent will be awarded at our showing of THE BITTER ASH on Monday, July 24, which will kick off the screening series. In addition, we will be presenting a career-spanning artist talk with the filmmaker, moderated by author and professor Dr. David Douglas, on Tuesday, July 25.

Join us in celebrating the career of one of Canadian Film’s boldest originals!

Presented in association with Canadian International Pictures and the Cinémathèque Québécoise.

THE BITTER ASH - 1963
SWEET SUBSTITUTE - 1964
WHEN TOMORROW DIES - 1965
HIGH - 1967
THE APPRENTICE (AKA Fleur Bleue) - 1971
KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY - 1973

THE SLAVERS - 1977
YESTERDAY (AKA Gabrielle, This Time Forever) - 1981
HIGH STAKES - 1986
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS - 1992
THE HAMSTER CAGE - 2005
EXLEY - 2011
SHE WHO MUST BURN - 2015