Canadian Theatrical News: MFKZ

GKIDS is bringing the France-Japan co-production MFKZ to select theatres in Canada this month. The company had partnered with Fathom Events to launch a much larger screening in the U.S. last month. The movie originally opened in France last May, with the Japanese debut also occurring in October.

MFKZ, also known as Mutafukaz, was directed by Guillaume Renard and Shojiro Nishimi. Adapted from Renard’s comic book of the same name, itself built off of his 2003 animated short Operation Blackhead, the film was produced by France’s Ankama Animations (Dofus, Wakfu) alongside Japan’s Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Tweeny Witches). Renard is also responsible for the film’s script, with the score composed by Simon “The Toxic Avenger” Delacroix and Guillaume Houzé.

The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half-human and half-Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

Calgary, Alberta Globe Cinema – French w/ English subtitles 1/18 @ 7PM
Edmonton, Alberta Metro Cinema – French w/ English subtitles 11/25 @ 9:30PM
11/27 @ 9PM
Quebec City, Quebec Cinéma le Clap
(part of Fête de l’animation) – French
October 12-18 @ 9:20PM
Vancouver, British Columbia Rio Theatre – English dub 11/29 @ 6:30PM

As this is an art house run, tracking participating theatres is a challenge. If you know the film is playing somewhere that isn’t listed above, feel free to tell me and I’ll add it to the list.

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