Fantasporto Reveals Line-up for 40th Anniversary


Celebrating its 40th year in 2020, Fantasporto, one of the most established and respected genre festivals in Europe has revealed an eclectic line-up of exciting new films for the coming year.

From Latin America comes Flavio Pedota’s zombie pandemic INFECTION (Venezuela), Pablo Pares’ post apocalyptic horror I AM TOXIC (Argentina) and Bruno Bini’s time travel thriller LOOP (Brasil). From North America comes Weston Turray’s dark fairy tale PRECARIOUS (USA), Chris Bavota & Lee Paula Springer’s body snatch horror DEAD DICKS (Canada), Gaurov Seth’s out-of-body thriller ENTANGLED (Canada) and David Fowlers occult horror WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE (Canada).

From Europe comes Artu Haglund’s teleportation drama GONE (Finland), Johannes Nyholm’s psychological drama KOKO DI, KOKO DA (Sweden), Valeri Milhev’s revenge thriller BULLETS OF JUSTICE (Bulgaria) and Ilya Maximov’s psychological thriller THE SOUL CONDUCTOR (Russia). From Asia comes Sabu’s DANCING MARY (Japan), Takashi Shimzu’s supernatural horror HOWLING VILLAGE (Japan), Paul Young’s black comedy meta-horror GHOSTMASTER (Japan), Lee Jun-Subs FALLEN (South Korea) and John Hsu’s book society thriller DETENTION (Taiwan).

The Philippines makes a strong impression with three films, including Roderick Cabrido’s possession thriller CLARITA, Jason Orfalas’s GUITARIST and Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s revenge thriller UNTRUE. Rounding off the program are two exciting new anthologies; christmas themed horror DEATHCEMBER which includes segments by Ruggero Deodata, Julian Richards, Lucky McKee and Pollyana Mackintosh, and radio talk show thriller A NIGHT OF HORROR: NIGHTMARE RADIO which includes episodes from Luciano and Nicolas Onetti and Jason Bognacki.

In addition to their selection of new fantastic films, Fantasporto also celebrate the careers of established genre film-makers and in 2020 they will present a Career Award to British director Julian Richards whilst screening a retrospective of his work, including DARKLANDS, SILENT CRY, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, SUMMER SCARS, SHIVER, REBORN, DADDY’S GIRL and DEATHCEMBER. The award is also in recognition of the achievements of Richards’ sales company Jinga Films and will include a retrospective of key titles from the Jinga catalogue, including A SERBIAN FILM, BIG BAD WOLVES, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, STILL/BORN, OUR EVIL, THE LESSON, RABIES, SHADOW, TIMER and THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN.

Fantasporto takes place at Teatro Rivoli in Oporto, Portugal between February 25th and March 8th 2020.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)