Brazil’s Fantaspoa Film Festival Offers Up Killer Creatures, Giant Robots, Human Monsters, and Plenty More Genre Fare
While horror fans eagerly await the full line-up announcement for Brazil's Fantaspoa — the largest genre film festival in Latin America — we can revel in the movies selected for the fest’s second wave of programming for its upcoming fourteenth edition, running from May 17th through June 3rd, 2018. The celebrated film fest, which takes place annually in the lakeside city of Porto Alegre, will screen more than 100 feature and short films from around the world.
Twenty new features were announced for the second wave, in addition to the 17 previously announced, which included Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Mohawk, The Ranger, Ederlezi Rising, and Les Garçons Sauvages. Following are the details from Fantaspoa’s press release.
Along with previously announced "Masters of Horror" creator Mick Garris, director William Lustig will also receive a career achievement award at the 2018 festival. Lustig, whose films include Maniac, Uncle Sam, and the Maniac Cop trilogy, is also the CEO of Blue Underground, an American entertainment company specializing in the distribution of obscure exploitation films.
New attending talent includes Hernan Aguilar, Gabriela Amaral Almeida, Guillermo Amoedo, Thomas Aske Berg, Lazar Bodroza, Gonzalo Calzada, Caye Casas, Manuel Facal, Samuel Galli, Aryeh Hasfari, Adolfo J. Kolmerer, Marc Martínez Jordán, David Masterson, Michael Peterson, Albert Pintó, Lucio A. Rojas, Tilman Singer, Stoya, and Paul Urkijo Alijo.
The second round of fantastic features selected for Fantaspoa 2018 are:
Aterrados (Demián Rugna, Argentina) - Brazilian premiere
Berlin Falling (Ken Duken, Germany) - Brazilian premiere
BraveStorm (Jun'ya Okabe, Japan) - Latin American premiere
Errementari (Paul Urkijo Alijo, Spain/France) - Latin American premiere
Family (Veronica Kedar, Israel, Germany) - Latin American premiere
Fiesta Nibiru (Manuel Facal, Uruguay) - Latin American premiere
Friendly Beast (Gabriela Amaral Almeida, Brazil) - Regional premiere
Framed (Marc Martínez Jordán, Spain) - Latin American premiere
El Habitante (Guillermo Amoedo, Mexico/Chile) - Brazilian premiere
Knuckleball (Michael Peterson, Canada) - Latin American premiere
Luciferina (Gonzalo Calzada, Argentine) - Brazilian premiere
Luz (Tilman Singer, Germany) - Brazilian premiere
Madraza (Hernan Aguilar, Argentina) - Brazilian premiere
Mal Nosso (Samuel Galli, Brazil) - Brazilian premiere
Matar a Dios (Caye Casas and Albert Pintó, Spain) - Brazilian premiere
Snowflake (Adolfo Kolmerer and William James, Germany) - Latin American premiere
Trauma (Lucio A. Rojas, Chile) - Brazilian premiere
The Velocipastor (Brendan Steere, U.S./China) - Brazilian premiere
Vampire Clay (Sôichi Umezawa, Japan) - Latin American premiere
Vampyr Vidar (Thomas Aske Berg, Norway) - Latin American premiere
These titles join previously announced Fantaspoa 2018 features After the Lethargy (Marc Carreté, Spain), Blood Fest (Owen Egerton, U.S.), The Dark (Justin P. Lange, Austria/Canada), Ederlezi Rising (Lazar Bodroza, Serbia), The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, U.S.), Les Garçons Sauvages (Bertrand Mandico, France), Inuyashiki (Shinsuke Sato, Japan), A Mata Negra (Rodrigo Aragão, Brazil), Mohawk (Ted Geoghegan, U.S.), The Next Kill (Mike McCutchen, U.S.), A Pedra da Serpente (Fernando Sanches, Brazil), Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, U.K./U.S.), The Ranger (Jenn Wexler, U.S.), Rock Steady Row (Trevor Stevens, U.S.), The Scythe (Rustam Mosafir, Russia), Tigers Are Not Afraid (Issa López, Mexico), andThe Witch Files (Kyle Rankin, U.S.).