Brazil’s Fantaspoa, the largest genre film festival in Latin-America is right around the corner and we’ve just been given the first wave film announcement, as well as this year’s festival poster. Fantaspoa runs May 16 – June 2, 2019 and this year’s lineup included I Trapped The DevilThe Rusalka, and Starfish. Each year the festival descends on Porto Alegre to showcase over 100 films.

This year’s poster (below) is whimsical design from Thalles Mourão, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. According to the press release, “Fantaspoa 2019 proudly kicks off with the World Premieres of Deodato Holocaust, a documentary from Brazilian filmmaker Felipe M. Guerra that celebrates the career of exploitation legend Ruggero Deodato as the infamous director turns 80, and Drew Thomas’ incredible new action thriller The Mongolian Connection. Closing out the festival is the World Premiere of the stunning sophomore effort from Greek filmmaker Konstantinos Koutsouliotas, The Fear of Looking Up.” Below are the first films announced in this year’s lineup.

 

I Trapped the Devil

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Josh Lobo, U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.”

 

70 Binladens

Koldo Serra, Spain
Latin American Premiere

“A woman who tries recover her daughter becomes trapped in a bank assault.”

 

A Young Man with High Potential

Linus de Paoli, Germany
Latin American Premiere

“When the brilliant but sexually inexperienced computer science student PIET is turned down by bright and beautiful KLARA, he is deeply hurt. He takes a dose of a sleep medication, leading to a tumultuous night during which he loses his innocence in more ways than one.”

 

Alive

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Rob Grant, Canada
Latin American Premiere

“A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their real identity.”

Read our Full Review of Alive HERE

 

 

Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back

Tom Edmunds, UK
Latin American Premiere

“After his ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life, a young man outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin. “If you’re serious about ending it, you need professional help”

 

Deadtectives

Tony West, U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“DeadTectives follows a team of hapless paranormal investigators on a reality TV series who go on a quest to Mexico’s most haunted house in the pursuit of better ratings. However, when the true dark secrets of the mansion begin to reveal themselves, the hapless presenters quickly discover that this house is no hoax. With zero ghost-hunting skills (or really any other applicable skills) the team has to figure out how to bust the ghosts and escape the house with their lives.”

 

Deodato Holocaust

Felipe M. Guerra, Brazil
World Premiere

“From the makers of “FantastiCozzi”, a new documentary about the life and career of controversial Italian director Ruggero Deodato.”

 

Lifechanger

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Justin McConnell, Canada
Brazilian Premiere

“A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.”

Read our full review of Lifechanger HERE

 

Mutant Blast

Fernando Alle, Portugal/U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“Maria, a fearless soldier, and TS-347, a man with superhuman strength, are being pursued by a military cell responsible for scientific experiments that have resulted in a zombie apocalypse. On the way, they will meet Pedro, a man with few ambitions and a great hangover. Together, they will try to escape to a safe place, but complications will cross their paths in the form of a nuclear bomb.”

 

O Barco

Petrus Cariry, Brazil
Regional Premiere

“In an isolated fishing village, Esmerina is married to a fisherman and has 26 children. The oldest son secretly desires to leave to see the world beyond the sea. The daily routine of this family is suddenly altered when a mysterious boat runs aground on the beach entering Ana, a girl who survived the shipwreck.”

 

Punto Muerto

Daniel de la Vega, Argentina
Brazilian Premiere

 

Model Home 

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Patrick Cunningham, U.S.
Latin American Premiere

“A single mother entertains a dangerous fantasy after she’s recruited to live in an unsold property in an empty development.”

 

Read our full review of Model Home HERE

 

Rebobinado, la Película

Juan Francisco Otaño, Argentina
Brazilian Premiere

“If you could travel back to a memory, which would it be? Your first kiss? Your first time? Your first goal? If you did not make any of this – what if you could change this memory? To our protagonist, Alejandro, is hard to relate with women and he blames for it to his first love deception, when he was 12 years old: Magalí. He tried to give her a love letter in his best friend birthday party -Mateo- but Ale’s enemy, Rodrigo, stopped him. Now, with the Analogic Encoder Transmutator (A.E.T.), he would travel back to this moment to try to change it.”

 

Reborn

Julian Richards, U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“A stillborn baby girl is abducted by a morgue attendant and brought back to life by electrokinetic power. On her 16th birthday, she escapes captivity and sets out to find her birth mother, leaving a trail of destruction behind her.”

 

Starfish

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A.T. White, U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“A unique, intimate and honest portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend. That just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it.”

Read our full interview with director A.T. White HERE

 

Tejano

David Blue Garcia, U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“Desperate for money to save his sick Grandfather, a South Texas farmhand resorts to the extreme: He breaks his own arm to smuggle a cast made of cocaine across the Mexican border.”

 

The Fear of Looking Up

Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, U.K./Brazil
World Premiere

“While chasing a serial killer inspired by the god of sleep, a cop’s life is overturned by the death of her lover. Looming monsters and the need for revenge cloud the border between her nightmares and reality. A cosmic horror, weird tale.”

 

The Head Hunter

Jordan Downey, Portugal/U.S.
Brazilian Premiere

“A medieval warrior’s gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago.”

 

The Hoard

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Jesse Thomas Cook and Matt Wiele, Canada
Latin American Premiere

“THE HOARD is a comedy/horror mockumentary that chronicles the unravelling of a production team who are attempting to produce the ultimate reality TV show pilot ‘Extremely Haunted Hoarders’.”
Read our full review of The Hoard HERE

 

You Have No Idea Who You’re Talking To

Demian Rugna, Argentina
Brazilian Premiere

 

Last Sunrise

Wen Ren, China
Latin-American Premiere

“A future reliant on solar energy falls into chaos after the sun disappears, forcing a reclusive astronomer and his bubbly neighbor out of the city in search of light in the perpetual darkness.”

 

The Mongolian Connection

Drew Thomas, Mongolia
World Premiere

“Working undercover on a human trafficking bust, maverick FBI agent Wade Dalton (Kaiwi Lyman), captures Serick Ibrayev (Sanjar Madi), a mysterious operative from the Mongolian underworld. With time running out, Wade must escort Serik back to Mongolia, and team up with hard-boiled police detective Ganzorig (Amra Baljinnyam), to deliver Serik to court to testify against a crime Syndicate that will do anything to stop them.”

 

The Rusalka

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Perry Blackshear, U.S.
Latin American Premiere

“A man searches the lake for the monster that murdered his husband, while that monster falls in love with an unsuspecting visitor.”

 

Read our full review of The Rusalka HERE

 

Will you be attending this year’s Fantaspoa Festival? Have you already seen some the movies listed above at domestic film festivals? Let us know on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, and on Facebook over in the Horror Movie Fiend Club.

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