HORROR FILM FEST IN ITALY GAINS GLOBAL CROWDS
20TH ANNUAL HORROR FEST IN ITALY TAKES INDUSTRY BY STORM
“Strange medicine: when science meets mystery and fantastic” is the theme of the XIX edition of the TOHORROR FILM FEST, in Turin from 22 to 26 October 2019 at Massimo cinema (via Verdi 18) and at the Blah Blah CineClub (via Po 21). Among the most important Italian art film festivals, TOHORROR FILM FEST, one of the longest and most seasoned festivals of cinema and culture of the fantastic in Italy, starts from cinema and then explores all possible means of communication, with the purpose of analyzing contemporary society through the deforming lenses provided by the fantastic and horror culture. Thus, through the young authors’ videos and the films made by more expert directors, the meetings, the theatrical performances, the concerts, the art and comics exhibitions, we are enabled to interpret reality, filtering it through a most wild imagination.
The numbers: 16 feature films distributed in 3 different categories (competition, out of competition and documentaries), most of them in Italian premiere and coming from the great international exhibitions of Cannes, Berlin and Sundance; 36 short films in competition, including the animated short films section; 11 scripts by newcomers Italian authors in competition, 3 meetings dedicated to literature, 3 meetings dedicated to comics, a focus on videogames, a round table on the role of the fantastic in science and medicine, two concerts, an exhibition …
Massimiliano Supporta, Artistic Director: ”The TOHff journey of this year drift onto beliefs and fears, from the figure of the mad scientist to that of the savior, passing through thaumaturges, healers and experts. Among sexual psychopathologies and table sectors, including digital epidemics and alien autopsies, including medicines and poisons. With a glance through past, present and future, understanding in the works of fiction the reflections to be applied to reality, as a bitter but indispensable drug. The doctor is here: breathe deeply, close your eyes and let yourself go ... “
The feature competition is a real tour around the world. We will fly to Japan with “It Comes”, the new film by the great Tetsuya Nakashima (“Confessions”, “Memories of Matsuko”); to Brasil with “The Night Shifter”, a unique mix of ghost story and social thriller; to Russia with the crazy pulp “Why Don't You Just Die!”. Then, in cooperation with Udine's Far East Film Festival, we will visit South Korea with the hilarious zombie-comedy “The Odd Family”. The Philippines will bring us to demonic possessions movie “Kuwaresma – The Entity”, while from U.S. our eyes will not believe in the incredible practical FX of weird and surrealistic “The Invisible Mother”. From Australia we will have the bloodbath of modern slasher masterpiece “The Furies” and last but not least the talented French director and artist Quarxx will present his creepy “Tous les Dieux du Ciel”.
After Tribeca and Berlin, the mystical teen-thriller “Knives and Skin” will hit the screen of TOHorror Film Fest, with its hypnotic atmosphere. “Fulci for Fake” by Simone Scafidi is the first biopic ever made focused on cult director Lucio Fulci, telling the story of a great artist in a quite original and unique way. The sci-fi arthouse “Perfect” and it's wonderful soundtrack by Flying Lotus will have to close in the best possible way the festival, however not before watching again “Alien” by Ridley Scott: the 19th TOHorror Film Fest will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film with a special screening in 35mm.
One of the best news of 19th TOHorror Film Fest is the Doc Section: you really can't afford to miss the brilliant “Hail Satan?” by Penny Lane; “Horror Noire” by Xavier Burgin, who has directed one of the most interesting film of last years dedicated to the relationship between cinema and society; and two docs focused on great Italian masters of fantastic genre: Lamberto Bava (“Bava Puzzle”) and Michele Soavi (“Aquarius Visionarius”).
As usual, the short film section is large and varied: among films from all around the world, there's “Please speak contiuously...” presented at Cannes and directed by Brandon Cronenberg; “Chowboys”, the latest and hilarious project by collective Astron-6 (authors of “The Void”). We will also see a lot of Italian filmmakers ready to run for the big price: Daniele Barbiero, Lucio Laugelli, Jacopo Ramella Pajrin, Alex Memento & Tuby Divorami: every one of them with a personal style, they're keeping alive the Italian genre. Not to be missed, the animation section where you will find among the others the winner of the Goya award, “mum's the world”, and “La Noria”, presented at Tribeca and awarded at Toronto.
Among the authors for the off-screen events: Wu Ming, a writers' collective born in 2000, authors of “Q”, “54”, “Manituana”, “Altai”, “Giap!”, “Anatra all’arancia meccanica”, “Crimini italiani”, “New Italian Epic”, “Proletkult” (Einaudi Stile Libero) and the Spanish comic artist Miguel Angel Martin, author of many provocative and sacrilegious works which encountered a great success such as “Brian the Brain”, “Psychopatia Sexualis”, defined by the Times “the best European comics illustrator”, ranked among the 50 most important comic artist of the century by the magazine The Face.
Focus on videogames is back: with collaboration of Federico Ercole, we will meet Kevin Pinson, level designer of the latest “A Plague Tale: Innocence”. Not to be missed, the event “Japanitaly”, dedicated to two promising Italian authors, Danilo Manzo and Alessio Zonno, that blend western comics tradition to Japanese mangas. On live stage, two great concerts: OvO will bring their sound onto the screening of “Frankestein” by James Whale; OH DiE! Will close this year edition with their fusion of music and visual art.
Finally, the exposition CREEPYPASTA by Attila Schwanz, author of TOHorror 19's poster, screenwriter and artist, winner of the International competition “Who Art You?” and winner of the best artistic installation at Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea di Perugia in 2016, will be open to public at Klec Blazna, via Sant'Ottavio 37, from 17 to 26 October.
Previous editions: La paura del diverso (2009), La cronofobia (2010), La manipolazione (2011), La fine del mondo (2012), Il controllo e la paranoia (2013), I mostri (2014) e I super eroi (2015), Il cannibale (2016), La superstizione (2017) e La stregoneria (2018).
[Previous editions: Fear of the different (2009), Chronophobia (2010), Manipulation (2011), The end of the world (2012), Control and paranoia (2013), Monsters! (2014), Superheroes (2015), The cannibal (2016), Superstition (2017) and Witchcraft (2018)]
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