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Preview of the Horror & Fantasy Film Festival

The House That Jack Built


Here you'll find some of the feature films that will participate this year at the Official Selection of the 29th Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, that will take place between October 27 and November 2.

Abrakadabra (2018). Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti. Argentina

El Gran Dante, a prestigious magician, accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later, his son, Lorenzo, also a magician, is giving a show at one of the city's most important theatres. At this point, a series of murders occurs, and they try to frame him. Lorenzo has to find out who and why they're trying to get him involved before it's too late... After Sonno profondo (2013) and Francesca (2015), the Onetti brothers round off their trilogy paying tribute to the giallo genre.

The Year of the Plague (2018). C. Martín Ferrera. Spain-Mexico-Belgium

After breaking up with Irene, Victor's friends are trying their best to find him a new girlfriend. But he doesn't want to forget her, even when Lola shows up. Irene suddenly calls him out of the blue, and nervously asks for his help because people around her are acting strange, as if they had lost their memories and emotions. Influenced by films and series that marked his life, Victor can't give a rational explanation for what's going on. Adaptation of the novel by Marc Pastor, starring Iván Massagué, Ana Serradilla and Miriam Giovanelli.

Border (2018). Ali Abbasi. Sweden-Denmark

Tina is a customs officer, known for her efficiency and extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can smell guilt on someone. But when Vore, a man who looks suspicious, walks by her, her skills are up against a challenge. Tina knows Vore is hiding something, but she can't figure out what it is. At the same time, she feels a strange attraction to him. The second feature-length film directed by Iranian Ali Abbasi (Shelley, 2016), based on a tale by John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In.

The Dark (2018). Justin P. Lange. Austria

A teenage girl murdered decades ago lives in a place cut off from the world, between her family home and the forest, where she kills and devours anything that gets close. One day, she finds a blind boy who had been kidnapped and tortured by one of her victims in the boot of her car. Both of them had fallen victim to unimaginable abuse, and a relationship of understanding and friendship springs up between them. The first feature-length film directed by North American Justin P. Lange, fruit of his own namesake short film, shown during the 2013 Festival.

Ghostland (2018). Pascal Laugier. Canada-France

Pauline and her two daughters inherit a house after her aunt's death. The first night, they are attacked by a couple of strangers, and Pauline must fight to save them. This moment marks the entire family forever, and especially the two young girls: Beth becomes a highly successful horror novel author, and Vera lives in a nightmare that never stopped since then. 16 years later, the three women once again meet at that house in the new film directed by Frenchman Pascal Laugier –Martyrs (2008), The Tall Man (2012)–.

The House That Jack Built (2018). Lars von Trier. Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany

United States, 1970s. The viewer follows brilliant Jack (Mat Dillon) for 12 years, over the course of five incidents, five crimes that define his career as a serial killer. The story is told from Jack's perspective. He thinks that each one of his murders is a work of art in and of itself, even though is dysfunction causes him more than a few problems in the real world. Lars von Trier –Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac (2013)– plunges headfirst into horror cinema with this dry, uncompromising story: "I've made films about hot woman for many years. Now I've directed one about an evil man".

Inuyashiki (2018). Shinsuke Sato. Japan

Ichiro Inuyashiki is an office worker whose mediocre life couldn't go any worse. Belittled by his family and work colleagues, nobody pays him any attention, not even when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the moment, a light illuminates the sky and falls over Inuyashiki. The next morning, he wakes up entirely cured, feeling better than ever. He soon realises he has become a cyborg. Adaptation of the namesake manga directed by Shinsuke Sato –I Am a Hero (2015), Death Note: Light Up the New World (2016)–.

Mandy (2018). Panos Cosmatos. USA

Red Miller is a lumberjack, living happily in the woods with Mandy, the love of his life. They both have a calm, simple life, and try to live peacefully to forget the past. But their story comes to an abrupt halt when a cult murders Mandy. Now Red only lives for one purpose: to chase after and exterminate the gang of maniacs. His only desire: revenge. A trip through hell, guided by Panos Cosmatos –Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)– and Nicolas Cage.

Murder Me, Monster (2018). Alejandro Fadel. Argentina-France-Chile

In a remote area of the Andes, they find the headless body of a woman. Cruz, a rural police officer, is in charge of the investigation. Cruz's lover Francisca has a husband, David, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. He is sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he blames the crime on the "monster." Cruz is then drawn up in a complex plot, including the tricky landscape, a gang of mountain motorcyclists and a mantra that plays over and over in his head: "Murder me, monster...".

One Cut of the Dead (2017). Shinichiro Ueda. Japan

The film begins in an abandoned warehouse, where they are filming a zombie movie. It's not just anywhere. It is said that military experiments were conducted there years ago. Suddenly, actual zombies appear, attacking the film crew. A 37-minute shot opens up this surprising film, directed by young Shinichiro Ueda and starring non-professional actors and actresses, beginning with an attack of the living dead and ending up becoming one of the comedies of the year.

Summer of '84 (2018). François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell. Canada-USA

The summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when Davey Armstrong, the conspiracy theorist in the neighbourhood, begins to suspect that his police officer neighbour could be the serial killer on the news, he and his best three friends launch an investigation that soon grows dangerous. The trio, known as the RKSS (Roadkill Superstars) pay tribute to 1980s teenage cinema after their hit Turbo Kid (2015), which won the Audience Award at the Festival that year.

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