Ken W. Hanley
Spain natives, be prepared to be scared from June 3rd to June 9th, as the International Fantastic Film Festival Nocturna 2013, debuts in Madrid! To be held at the city’s Palafox Cinemas, Nocturna will be the host to many great genre titles this year, both inside and out of competition.
Films competing for the official awards include HOME SWEET HOME, French director David Morlet’s follow-up to 2009’s MUTANTS; Chad Kinkle’s JUG FACE, featuring BLADE RUNNER star Sean Young and genre icon Larry Fessenden; the first-ever Russian zombie film, WINTER OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. METELETSA), from director Nikolai Pigarev; the neo-gialli TULPA from SHADOW’s Federico Zampaglione; and Jean Carlos Medina’s buzz-worthy INSENSIBLES (a.k.a. PAINLESS), which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to much acclaim.
More innovative and transgressive titles within the genre will be featured in the Nocturna Dark Visions category, which includes prolific indie filmmaker H.P. Mendoza’s newest film, I AM A GHOST, which garnered rave reviews last year, including the Bram Stoker International Film Festival’s Best Picture award. Especially gruesome or hilarious titles can be seen in the Nocturna Madness category, including Conor McMahon’s killer clown flick STITCHES, as well as the action-packed genre mash-up TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES, from director Erik Matti. And short-form cinema will be featured as well in the Nocturna Shots category, with the films in competition still to be announced. Every film in competition is also in competition for the Audience Awards, bestowed via popular vote amongst the Nocturna audiences.
However, Nocturna also offers plenty to fright fans outside of the competition, including the Danielle Harris/John Jarratt starring horror flick SHIVER from DARKLANDS director Julian Richards; Rodrigo Gudiño’s debut feature film, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH, featuring Academy-Award winner Vanessa Redgrave; and the premiere of Victor Matellano’s WAX, with the cast and crew in attendance, and featuring the last on-screen performance of Paul Naschy (thanks to the film’s special FX wizardy). Nocturna will also screen a retrospective series of deserving genre films in its Nocturna Classics section, which has yet to be revealed.
Last, but certainly not least, Nocturna 2013 will pay homage to some of the most significant names in fantastic cinema in their Masters of Fantastic category. Aside from hosting a ceremony for the Masters of Fantastic Award, the category will also host films relevant to the recipient, which this year is none other than MASTERS OF HORROR creator and frequent Stephen King adaptation filmmaker Mick Garris!
For more information, as well as impending announcements on featured films, a full list of awards and to purchase tickets to Nocturna 2013, please visit Nocturna Film Festival.
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