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‘Sorcerer’ opens Fantasia

120 pics will unspool before fest ends July 28

The 14th Fantasia Film Festival, North America’s largest genre film fest, kicks off in Montreal on Thursday with the Canuck premiere of Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Fantasia has carved a niche for itself with an envelope-stretching program built around horror, fantasy and Asian pics, along with thrillers and even comedies.

It has prided itself on edgy fare, but this year the edgier items — such as the world preem of “I Spit on Your Grave,” a remake of the 1978 original — are counterbalanced by more mainstream fare like “Apprentice.”

British auteur Ken Russell will be in town for a lifetime achievement award and a screening of his pic “The Devils.” The fest will also dole out lifetime achievement awards to Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, the duo behind pics “An American Tail” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

More than 120 features will unspool before fest ends July 28.

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