For years, Fantastic Fest has been a venue for the best filmmakers around the world to showcase their latest genre-focused features. 2016 was no different, as we saw the stellar debut efforts from some talented directors and welcomed back friends of the Fest. Chief among them is a genre filmmaker so famous and beloved, he has been dubbed the unofficial mascot of the Fantastic Fest.

I’m not sure that anyone ever sets out to be a “mascot,” but Nacho Vigalondo is happy to oblige… he’s even gotten two themed tattoos while at the Fest, if that tells you anything. Vigalondo’s style has endeared himself to many a genre fan, and it’s been great to see his career blossom since his break-out Timecrimes.

With his latest film, Colossal, arriving in theaters, we got a chance to sit down with him back at Fantastic Fest to discuss the making of his monster movie masked as a metaphor for addiction. While we recommend going in knowing as little as possible, he sells it the best himself: “This is the kind of movie that’s trying to punch [romantic comedies] in the face.”

Check out the full video interview below for the film starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, and Dan Stevens.

Colossal opens in limited release on Friday, April 7 and will expand in the coming weeks.

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