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Please Release Liza the Fox Fairy in the U.S.


As you heard during Episode 03 of The Film Coterie, I really want Liza the Fox Fairy to get any sort of release in the U.S and I will repeat this demand once a month until it happens.

Liza was one of my favorite films from Fantastic Fest 2015 and I wasn't alone in my adoration. It took 2nd place in the Audience Award voting at Fantastic Fest, losing only to Green Room (which is also a very good movie). Despite the love from Fantastic Fest, TIFF, SIFF, and other festivals, there doesn't seem to be any word about a North American release. This needs to be remedied ASAP.

If you haven't heard or read anything about Liza the Fox Fairy, let me be your guide. Liza the Fox Fairy is a Hungarian film about a 30-something nurse living in a fictionalized 1970's Budapest and whose best friend is the ghost of a 1950's Japanese pop singer. That's not even the strange part of the movie. Liza is very unlucky in love as all of her suitors end up deceased in some Final Destination-esque comedic mishaps. Her love life is so cursed that she comes to believe that she is actually a fox fairy. According to Japanese lore, fox fairies are mischievous spirits who seduce men and lead them to untimely deaths. Is Liza cursed or just the victim of unfortunate circumstances?

This movie plays like a loving mashup of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Michel Gondry, and Wes Anderson. The music will get stuck in your head and you will be rooting for Liza to finally find her one true love. This is my favorite Hungarian film and it will be your favorite Hungarian film as soon as you see it. All kidding aside, this was one of my favorite films of the last couple of years and I really really really want it to be released in the U.S.

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