Fantastic Fest, Alamo Drafthouse's annual descent into chaos and carnage, returns for its 13nth year, screaming "Yalla!" at full throttle. Loosely translated as "Let's go," this year's rally cry is informed by the Arabic theme that will permeate the festival as it once again delves deep into the corners of the world's best cinema.
Kicking off proceedings with this year's opening night film is Martin McDonagh in attendance to present the U.S. premiere of his beautifully comic and delightfully dark tale of loss and redemption, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Frances McDormand. S. Craig Zahler makes his return with the U.S. premiere of 2018's most hyper-violent slice of brute force, Brawl in Cell Block 99, starring Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, and Udo Kier. And Barry Keoghan marks his first Fantastic Fest, sharing Yorgos Lanthimos' savage horror epic The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, for the first time in the US.