EXCL: Francisco Barreiro joins Tristan Risk in “LOVE SICK”


Francisco Barreiro, the leading man so powerful in both last year’s HERE COMES THE DEVIL and Jorge Michel Grau’s original WE ARE WHAT WE ARE has joined LOVE SICK, the feature length expansion of intimate body horror short, M IS FOR MARRIAGE.

A popular, stylish entry in the second ABCs OF DEATH Search for a Director competition, M IS FOR MARRIAGE is on its way to becoming LOVE SICK, starring AMERICAN MARY breakout Tristan Risk and now Barreiro in the leading roles of Rebecca and Marcus, who “have been together for 10 years and after much deliberation have decided to part ways. After separating and being with others, they quickly realize how hard it is to disconnect from one another. The pain, lies, and betrayal all begin to manifest physically within the both of them as well as infect the others who have become involved with intimately. They love each other so much that it hurts… some more than others.”

Barreiro says, “LOVE SICK deals with a horrific phenomenon: the human body physically manifesting the secrets that one hides within. Uniquely depicting how deep, lies and manipulation infest the lives of others, we experience the terror of how real evil brews from the inside out.  The stylish short on which LOVE is based (M is for Marriage) and the powerful script make this a wonderful challenge for me as an actor. Being able to go deep inside the horror of Marcus really interests me. I feel passionate and thrilled to be part of the film.”

Writer/director Freeman adds, “Francisco is the real deal. When I first saw him in HERE COMES THE DEVIL it was obvious that he wasn’t afraid of anything in regards to subject matter. The fact that he played a father and husband also immediately spoke to me while deciding on who was going to play Marcus. LOVE SICK is a complex character study and he’s so obviously up for the challenge. It’s sort of dream casting at it’s best. These two actors are at the top of their game and I’m just humbled to be working with he and Tristan.”

You can see M IS FOR MARRIAGE, which will also be included in competition entry-only anthology, THE ABCs OF DEATH 1.5. below. LOVE SICK aims to shoot this spring. Expect much more on the film here at Fango throughout 2014.

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