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Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' chosen as Fantastic Fest closing night film

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The Kurt Russell Western Bone Tomahawk has been chosen as the closing-night film for this year’s Fantastic Fest, the genre movie festival that takes place Sept. 24-Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain in Austin, Tex. In the film, characters played by Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, and Richard Jenkins set out to rescue a local woman and a young deputy who’ve been kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes.

Director S. Craig Zahler and members of the cast, including Russell, will attend the screening, which is the film’s world premiere. “Bringing Kurt Russell back to the Alamo is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League, in the press release for the festival’s first wave of programming announcements. “And to do it with Bone Tomahawk, a quintessential Fantastic Fest film, means we’re in for one hell of a closer.”

Among other Fantastic Fest programming made public today is a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the publication of his book of exploitation-era movie posters, Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing.

“Being a massive fan of Austin, Texas, I consider it a great privilege to join forces with Fantastic Fest and the Mondo gallery to host the exclusive U.S. debut of Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing,” said the filmmaker. “I’m excited to show the world this odyssey of rare and exclusive poster art at the festival alongside screenings of some of the films that inspired it.”

@ClarkCollis