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OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2022 Oporto Film Festival promotes films that seek new forms and methods of film making. 

42nd OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FANTASPORTO 2022  April 1 - 10, 2022

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Program for the opening week end at Fantasporto

 
42nd PORTO INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL
RIVOLI THEATER
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST
GRAND AUDITORIUM
 
20:45 CF/OE
Opening Session • Opening Night
xxxHolic
Mika Ninagawa, 110’ (Jap) – Fantastic/Manga – v. O. leg. english/leg. port. – World premiere
A student named Watanuki wants a normal life. To get rid of what torments him, he is guided by a butterfly to a witch's shop which reads "I can fulfill any desire". However, every wish granted comes at a price. A beautiful super production based on a very popular manga by Clamp, full of fantasy and action, where the great Japanese aesthetic tradition is present.
 
23:00 CL
Fantas Classics • Cult Films
Blade Runner
Ridley Scott, 117’ (USA) – 1982 – 40 Years – v. O. leg. port.
In 2019 Los Angeles, a police officer, Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is tasked with hunting down four replicants who have arrived illegally on Earth to meet their creator. Revolutionary science fiction film and unquestionable cult film. “Time to Die!” says the dying replicant in the film's portentous final moments (a fabulous Rutger Hauer). 40 years after its European premiere at Fantasporto, this film by Ridley Scott is still an experience not to be missed.
 
SMALL AUDITORIUM
 
21:15 CF
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Sylvia Caminer, 95’ (USA) – Terror – v. the.. english – World premiere
A woman lives dependent on the videos she puts on the net and the amount of followers she gets. One day, she is asked to help finish an argument, which forces her to move to a remote place. A deep reflection on the invasion of privacy and modern times. A disturbing and fresh look, but full of originality, on a very current problem. First fiction feature by an experienced American director.
 
23:15 CF/OE
The Mole Song
Takashi Miike, 129’ ​​(Jap) – Comedy/Horror
Occasionally Shocking Scenes – v. O. leg. english International Premiere
With his characteristic exaggeration and violence, this cult director makes us enter a struggle for power that involves Sicilian and Japanese mafiosi. Reiji is a cop who's been charged with misbehavior and is on a clandestine mission to destroy Japan's biggest drug dealer and his son. Always original and creative, but don't expect this prolific director of “Audition”, a bland film.
 
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND
GRAND AUDITORIUM
 
GRAND AUDITORIUM
 
16:00 CF/OE
The Laws of the Universe – The Age of Elohim
Isamu Imakake (Japan),119’ – Anime – v. O. leg. english/leg. port. – European preview
Far beyond industrialized Japanese animation, this film takes us to see a careful and beautiful animation but still in the manga spirit. Yaizael is sent to protect Earth. The proverbial struggle between Good and Evil in the era of defending our planet and its beauty.
18:15 SR | hyacinth | Javi Camino, 95’ (Esp) – Drama – v. O. leg. english/v. O. leg. port.
The peaceful life of a Galician village is shaken by the arrival of a local daughter and her Swedish friend, both belonging to a heavy metal band. For Jacinto, a young man with a mental disability who believes in the priest of the land, they are the devil himself. This film won the Panorama Section Audience Award at the Sitges Festival and the Jury Prize at the Austin Festival.
 
21:00 CF
The House | Rick Ostermann, 90’ (Germany) – Science Fiction – v. O. leg. english/leg. port.
In 2029 Germany, a star journalist banned from writing, having fallen from grace, and his wife take refuge in their home on the island that has advanced technology and where they think they are safe. As the political situation worsens, the house transforms from a safe haven into a powerful adversary. A realistic image of a technological future that uses progress for much more ancient purposes, the manipulation of power.
 
23:00 CF/OE
Ox–Head Village | Takashi Shimizu, 115’ (Jap) – Horror – v. O. leg. english/leg. port. – World premiere
Some young students v. o.para an abandoned building broadcast to their followers on the net. A dull prank made to one of them is the starting point to reveal a story of horrors and the discovery of ancient customs. From the winner of the Best Fantastic Film Award at Fantasporto 2021 with “Suicide Forest Village”.
 
 
SMALL AUDITORIUM
 
16:15 AN
Official Section Get excited
Riku | Masatsugu Arakawa, 65’’ (Jap) – Animation / Children – v. O. english – International Premiere
Japanese animated film for television that prepares children for the loss of a pet. Riku is a puppy found thin and shaking. Taken to a house where there are already other dogs, he meets his owner's love and a pack life. But illness sets in and soon he dies surrounded by his friends.
Preceded by...
Fledge • Hanni Dombe, Tom Kouris, 15'25'' (Isr) – Animation – v. O.
Elena • Biruté Sodeikaité, 13' (Lit/Fra/Croá) – Animation – v. O.
Grandpa • Valentine Rolland, Théo Bongiovanni, Hugo Martins, Sophie Ouvrard, Thomas Piot, Nell Molinier, 6' 46'' (Fra) – Animation – v. O.
 
18:15 CF/SR/OE
The Good Father
Sho Kataoka, 100’ (Jap) – Drama / Horror – v. O. leg. english – World premiere
Doctor Shiro Kubo, whose family suffered a major car accident, leaving his wife in a coma, is called in to treat a mysterious illness. The daughter is suspicious of her mother when she finally leaves the hospital. Who is the woman who plays her mother? A father has to do everything to bring peace to the family. From the producers of “Ghostmaster”, winner of Fantasporto 2020 and “Drive my Car”, with 4 nominations for the 2022 Oscars.
 
21:15 CF/AN
Vortex; The Dawn of Sovereignty
Michel Rousseau, 72’ (Fra) – Science Fiction – v. O. leg. english
Michel Rousseau and his vision of our distant future in a fabulous animated film. Young Serena invented glasses that allow her to detect vertices that lead to fabulous worlds, full of robots and androids. The film has already won 29 international awards, including the Cannes World Film Festival (Best Science Fiction Film), Hollywood Film Awards (Best Film, Editing, Soundtrack, Sound), Los Angeles Film Awards or New York Film Awards. The director's first feature film.
 
23:15 CF/OE
Ms Lupine a.k.a. Daughter of Lupine
Hideki Takeuchi, 106’ (Jap) – Fantastic Comedy – v. O. leg. english – World premiere
Fun cinema, lots of action and burlesque delirium that pays homage to the dramas between criminal families, but also to Japanese anime. A family of thieves knows that their patriarch intends to retire, but there is still the final blow: the theft of the real Habsburg crown. Because the fake one they already stole. For that, everyone has to come to Europe. Robberies of Arsene Lupin, the celebrated French thief, but in manga style.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD
 
 
GRAND AUDITORIUM
 
16:00 CF/OE
Annular Eclipse
Zhang Chi, 97’ (China) – Science Fiction – v. O. leg. english/leg. port. – European preview
Set in 2030, in a metropolis reminiscent of “Blade Runner, the film tells the story of an assassin, Ge, who is trying to regain his memory while carrying out missions for his organization. A great Chinese production that shows a fabulous version of the architecture of the future. Busan Festival Selection.
 
18:00 CF
The Unburied / El Cadaver Insepulto
Alejandro Cohen Arazi, 84’ (Arg) – Eventually Shocking Scenes – Horror - v. O. leg. english/leg. port.
Maximiliano returns to the land where he lived for his father's funeral and paperwork. There, the brothers and the body of the father, who is still where he died, await him. But you have to respect their wishes. And everyone on earth seems to care little about everything. The past returns in an atmosphere of horror and triviality. First feature film by this Argentinian director.
 
21:00 SR/OE
Baby Assassins
Hugo Sakamoto (Jap), 95’ – Thriller – v. O. leg. english/leg. port. – European preview
The alienation of youth, dressplay and Japanese technology at a time when the desensitization of youth is promoted in games and movies. Chisato and Mahiro are two teenage students on the verge of finishing their studies. They are also two high-caliber assassins. When the organization that hired them orders them to live together, the perfect partnership is created.
 
23:00 CF
The Exorcism of God
Alejandro Hidalgo, 99’ (USA/Mex/Venez) – Horror – v. O. english/leg. port.
An American priest is called to perform an exorcism. But nothing goes as planned and years later he is still suffering the consequences of what he did. Director Alejandro Hidalgo visited Fantasporto in 2014 to present his first feature, “La Casa del Fin de los Tiempos”, the next multi-award winning film, at the world premiere.
 
 
SMALL AUDITORIUM
 
16:15 CF/AN/OE
Chicken of the Mound
Xi Chen, 83’ – (Chi) – Science Fiction – v. O. leg. english – European preview
Robots dominate the Earth but they don't hide the nostalgia for humans who no longer exist. And they do what they did – fight. Infernal machines, crabs and humanoids, in a fabulous science fiction animation, selected for the Annecy Festival and the Ottawa Festival.
 
18:15 CL
Fantas Classics • Hollywood Stars
High Society | Charles Walters, 101’ (USA) – 1956 – v. O. leg. port. br
In this musical comedy, a young woman of high society (Grace Kelly) hesitates between remarriage and her ex-husband, a jazz singer. Gene Kelly and the “Old Blue Eyes”, Frank Sinatra, share the favors of the “socialite” while the fantastic Louis Armstrong plays and sings. This is the last film of Hitchcock's favorite actress, who leaves the cinema this year to marry the prince of Monaco. With fabulous music by Cole Porter, this film was nominated for two Oscars.
 
21:15 CF
Night at the Eagle Inn
Erik Bloomquist, 70’ (USA) – Horror – v. O. leg. english
Two twins, a boy and a girl, travel to the remote Eagle Inn, after a life with foster families, looking to find out what happened to their parents. Classic horror directed by Erik Bloomquist who at Fantasporto 2021 presented the very interesting “Ten Minutes to Midnight”. The director won an Emmy with the TV series “The Cobblestone Corridor”.
 
23:15 CL
Fantas Classics • Cult Film
The plague
José Mojica Marins, 52’ (Brazil) – Horror – restored version – v. O. port.
Zé do Caixão (Mojica Marins) warns at the beginning of the film. One should not play with the unknown. Marina, Juvenal's wife, doesn't understand the nightmares of the man she loves, but she knows that it all started after taking pictures in the countryside, next to a witch's house. Disappeared for many years, this is the only unreleased film by the Brazilian horror master, now digitized and restored, who visited Fantas in 2000.
 
Preceded by...
The Last Plague by Mojica Marins, 17´ (Bra)Welcome to Porto, to the World of Cinema, to the World of Arts.

 

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40th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 28, March 7

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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