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Horror in Fantasporto, celebrating 4Oth anniversary with guts and fantasy

The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall. Here are the film that were selected for the Oficial Fantasy Competition Section:

 

Bullets of Justice- Valeri Milev- 76’ (Casaquistão/Bulgária) – CENAS EVENTUALMENTE CHOCANTES -  acção, ficção-científica- CF

During the Third World War, the American government initiates a secret project code " in order to create super soldier by inbreeding human being with pigs. 25 years later a breed called "Muzzles" have occupied top of the food chain. One of the most creative and surprising, most probably shocking as well, features of the year.

 

Clarita – Roderick Cabrido- 87’ (Filipinas) fantástico- CF

In the fifties, a case of possession made the news. The victim is a young woman. The catholic priest ague but Clarita, the young woman, is an enygma. But the solution may be in her past. With brilliant visual effects, very unusual in Phillipino cinema, this is the new feature by Roderick Cabrido who visited the festival in 2015, winning then the Special Award of the Orient Express Jury with his “Children’s Show”.

 

Dancing Mary- Sabu – 106’ (Jap)- Fantasy comedy

When the City Hall wants to clear some land for new housing, an old theatre with a ghost dancer named Mary stands in the way. Sabu is well known from the Fantasporto audience having been awarded for “Miss Zombie” (Best Film in Fantasporto 2014). Selection Sitges Festival.

 

Dead Dicks- Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer - 83’ (Can)- 1ª longa-metragem -Devilworks- CF

After Rebecca receives a distressing call from her suicidal brother Richie, she rushed to his apartment and finds him alive and well- surrounded by copies of his own dead bodies. One of the most original stories where fantasy crosses with a tender relationship between brother and sister, not very far from the influence of David Lynch. Selected by Fantasia festival (Montreal)

 

Detention-John Hsu- 102’ (Taiwan)- CF

In Taiwan still under the communist regime, a school fights repression organizing a book club. Sooner or later, the monster will come to them. The first feature of the director, already awarded Best Film at the Golden Horse festival.

 

Entangled- Gaurav Seth – 90’ ( Canadá)  CF

Four students, two boys and two girls, study the hypotheses of the existence of other worlds that replicate ours. When one of the girls dies and returns months later, they realise their experiment may have worked.  A new film from the director of “Prisoner X”, Critics Award Fantasporto 2016.

 

Fallen- Lee Jung-Sub – 124’ (Coreia do Sul) –fantástico, ficção científica - CF

A world-famous woman writer is kidnapped in a bar and taken unconscious. When she wakes up, there is tape on her mouth and the word “Fallen” written in her body. Korean cinema at its best. First feature by the director.

 

 

 

Ghostmaster - Paul Young- 91’ (Jap) – Fantasy comedy- CF

A film crew in action. The assistant director is frequently humiliated by all. But what nobody knows is that in a script he wrote, there are malefic forces Lots of humour, manga influences and a super crazy atmosphere reminds us of Troma  productions.

 

Gone  - Arttu Haglund-91’ (Finlandia) – INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE- 1ª l.m. - CF

Matti is driving his car with her daughter in the back and, suddenly, he vanishes. It is not a one only event. For the rest of his life, Matti deals with these mysterious disappearances which lead him to know the world. An example of the vitality of Finnish cinema and the first feature by this director.

 

Guitarist – Jason Orfalas - 142’ (Filipinas)– ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL- ficção- científica/ acção-CF

In the future, a repressive society of one party only, that only offers poverty and pills to its population, that forbids music and burns books, the difference between life and death is small. Marcelo is a young boy who challenges the militarized system that exploits him.

 

Howling Village- Takashi Shimizu- 109’ (Jap)- Horror sobrenatural – CF

Exploring the terrors of the night, two teenagers venture beyond the forbidden tunnel. When they disappear, strange events start happening and all inhabitants of the village seem to know more than they say.   From the director of “The Grudge”.

 

I Am Toxic – Daniel de la Vega – 83’ (Arg) CF

In the year 2101, the chemical war in the northern hemisphere has caused hunger in the south. A man awakes in the middle of hundreds of corpses. In the sky, the planes drop more dead bodies. The Argentinian cinema has a long tradition in terror. Selected for the Brussels, Roterdam IFF, Mar del Plata and Fantaspoa festivals, among others.

 

Infection – Flavio Pedota - 97’ (Mex)  CF - Fantástico

In Venezuela, a strange epidemic is developing. The media broadcast alarming news and it seems there are political reasons behind it. It is a new pathology without any kind of treatment. The TV announces “The revolution goes on, together we will win”. This film, disguised as a zombie movie, is a metaphor for the recent problems in Venezuela that spread to neighbouring countries.

 

Koko-Di Koko-Da – Johannes Nyholm- 86’ (Suécia/Dinamarca) – Stray Dogs - horror

A couple who goes on a camping trip to find their way back to each other, is terrorized by a sideshow artist and his entourage. Variations on terror. Who can beat the infernal circle? Selected by the Sundance, Rotterdam or Seattle film festivals.

 

Loop- Bruno BIni- 100’ (Brasil) – Fantástico- CF

When you dare time travelling, there are unexpected risks. For Daniel, things may get out of hand and become a nightmare. Produced by Oscar nominee Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), this first feature has actors Bruno Gagliasso and Branca Messina in the leading roles.

 

Precarious- Weston Terray- 106’ (EUA) – fantástico- CF

Henry travels to a small town   to run an errand for his rock collector father. The task quickly grows into a sprawling adventure that catches the attention of the wealthy heiress Ruby and the ambitious newspaper reporter Clark.  A fable set in the 60’s, built like an imaginary a dark fairy tale.  An original second feature of the director.

 

The Soul Conductor- Ilya Maximov- 90’- (Russia)- horror sobrenatural - CF

Surrounded by ghosts all her life, Katya is looking for her missing sister, Larissa.  But it seems that no one in the village cares, nor even the police itself. She soon discovers that there are more missing people. Distributed by Fox.  

 

 

Untrue- Sigrid Andrea Bernardo- 105’ (Filipinas)-  fantástico- CF

A bruised and beaten wife named Mara seeks the help of Georgian police against her husband Joachim (Xian Lim). In this he-she said film, truths, lies and the dark past will be uncovered. Who is right?

 

Welcome to the Circle- David Fowler -98’ (Can) – fantástico horror- CF

A man and his daughter have a car accident. They are rescued by two woman and a man who seem to have a language fitting a sect- The Circle. Some strange mannequins are scattered in the woods. This Canadian horror film is the director’s first feature.

 

FANTASY FILM COMPETITION SHORT FILM SELECTION

 

I Have No Home- Volodymyr Vlasenko – 3’ (Ucrânia)

A little boy walks in the forest with fantastic creatures.

 

Facelift – Jan Riesenbeck, Dennis Stein-Schomburg- 6’ 46’’ (Alem)

Who are we? Our face constantly changing or something deeper?

 

Lady Isobel and the Elf Knight – Cashell Horgan- 8’ (Irlanda)

A story of magic in the Irish forests. From the director of multi-awarded “The Clockmaker’s Dream”, with the voice of Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards.

 

Giltrude’s Dwelling- Jeremy Lutter- 14’ 27’’ (Canadá)

 A girl lives with her parents in a mansion that changes place every night. From director of “The Hollow Child”.

 

Epilogue – Mehdi Azari- 10’ (Irão)

Men hand out books and trade them for food. What goes behind that shutter?

 

Hurlevent – Fréderic Doazan- 6’ 25’’ (Fra)

The letters in a book, calligraphy and the wind. The Babel Tower of Humanity and its struggles.

 

Metamorphosis – Carla Pereira, Juan Fran Jacinto  – 10’35’’ (Esp/Fra)

A man who lives surrounded by taxidermy, is having suicidal thoughts.

 

Pulsion- Pedro Casavecchia- 6’ 54’ (Arg/Fra)

What does poverty do to men? A boy living in squalor can only kill.

 

El Gran Corelli – Abel Carbajal- 7’42’’ (Esp)

The great magician Corelli always fails his trick.

 

Kobudai – India Casson- 15’50’’ (GB)

The women-druids try to please the Man in the Mountain.

 

Breaking and Entering /Moros en la Costa – Damiá Serra Cauchetiez -16’50 (Esp)

A date between a gay muslim and a young man in his house turns into a nightmare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 26, March 5

The Oporto International Film Festival, specializes in fantasy and science-fiction films in its Official Competitive section.
This Festival also includes the 18th New Directors Week with an Official Competition and a Retrospective section. The Festival’s director, Mário Dorminsky, is preparing, with the help of the Portuguese Film Institute, a program with Portuguese Films for the benefit of the foreign guests in Fantasporto.
The Festival runs now in 5 theatres (2,600 seats altogether ) and screens nearly new 200 feature films each year. The press coverage of the Festival is made by all the most important Portuguese newspapers, radio stations and television networks and by foreign specialized press. This allows press dossiers of about 5000 clippings every year and represents a unique media coverage in Portugal for similar cultural events.

Almost 110,000 entries, per year is the average of the Festival’s past editions.

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