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Major presence of Spanish and Japanese cinema at the 34th Fantasy and Horror Film Festival

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2023.10.19

On Friday 27 October the French film Vermin (2023), directed by Sébastien Vaniček, will open the 34th San Sebastian Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the Teatro Principal. River (2023), by Junta Yamaguchi, will bring proceedings to a close at the same venue on 3 November.

Between the two dates a selection of the finest fantasy films of the year will be screened, both feature-length and shorts, along with a range of different activities staged to round out the programme. This year will see the screening of a total of 32 feature films and 38 shorts.

The Teatro Principal will be the main venue of the festival, showing the Festival's complete official section of feature films, comprising 23 titles.

The Teatro Victoria Eugenia will host special screenings for youngsters of the Japanese animated feature Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2022) along with the Swedish film Karusell (2023), in partnership with Gaztea. There will also be marathon sessions of international and animated shorts, and a non-competitive showing of Basque short films, along with a second screening of the Basque co-production La ermita.

Tabakalera will be showing the feature films She Is Conann (2023) and Club Zero (2023).

This year witchcraft is the leitmotif for the Festival, as may be seen in the official poster featuring Itziar Ituño. It is also the topic of an exhibition, the book published together with Hermenaute, Beso negro: Brujería, cine y cultura pop, by Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado, and the classic fanzine 2000maniacos.

The street festival which kicks off the week likewise focuses on witchcraft. San Sebastian's Boulevard, specifically the area around the Kiosk, will be the setting for Sorgin-Con, a fair featuring processions and a range of workshops full of all kinds of witch and warlock activities.

Meanwhile, on 21 October Bang Bang presents a double bill at the Principal in partnership with the Festival to open the annual programme, featuring 28 Days Later (2002) and Old Boy (2003).

The children's cinema screening at the Victoria Eugenia (Boo Kwai eta museoaren lapurreta, 2022) and the partnership with the Kresala cinema club (Tiger Stripes, 2023) complete the cinematographic schedule of this year's Festival.

3 exhibitions are included in the programme: Icons of Japanese fantasy cinema – Aguilar-Haraguchi Collection, organised in partnership with Japan Foundation and Euskadi Japan 2023 at Okendo Kultur Etxea; Bruixes – Sorginak – Brujas – Witches. Illustrated Witches' Sabbath in the Activity Room at the Municipal Library (San Jerónimo); and Sorgin seinalea / La marca de la bruja (Gregorio Muro Harriet & Daniel Redondo) at the Central Library (Alderdi Eder), the nineteenth edition of Euskadi Fantastikoa.

There is also room for other activities on the schedule: the 8th edition of the traditional Fanzine War will be held, along with the second of Beldurrola, role-playing game sessions in Basque focused this time on witchcraft. There will likewise be time for a nocturnal stroll around Dark San Sebastian and a new session of Grillos Navajeros at the Maritime Museum..

This year its activities continue via the online channel Noviembre Fantasma, created in partnership with the festivals Fancine (Malaga), Terror Molins (Molins de Rei) and Isla Calavera (Ciudad de La Laguna-Tenerife).

TICKET AND SEASON TICKET SALES

Season tickets will go on sale at the box office of the Teatro Principal on Friday 20, at 11:30, in person only. Individual tickets will be available from the same time on Monday 23, at the box offices of the Principal and Victoria Eugenia theatres, and on the Donostia Kultura website.

Araña Araña