Latin Beat: First Details On Brazil's Fantaspoa, Chile's MAR Opens Theatrically

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We have two items of interest in our biweekly feature, highlighting films from Latin America.

First up, Eric Ortiz Garcia tells us about Fantaspoa, Brazil's upcoming genre festival. Then as Mar opens theatrically in Chile, we revisit a review by Jaime Grijalba Gomez.

Click through the pictures below to read both reports.

Eric Ortiz Garcia and Jaime Grijalba Gomez contributed to this story.

Fantaspoa To Homage Dennis Paoli And Fabio Frizzi
By Eric Ortiz Garcia

The eleventh edition of Fantaspoa - Porto Alegre’s celebration of genre cinema - is just around the corner (it kicks off on May 15). And we have the first details regarding this awesome film festival, including the official poster, which you can see above.

Also, the first guests have been confirmed and, as usual, they are true legends that will make genre cinema aficionados from Brazil very happy. The first one is Dennis Paoli, screenwriter for all of the films that Stuart Gordon has directed based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, including the director’s quintessential effort, Re-Animator, From Beyond and Dagon. Paoli will offer a screenwriting masterclass, and Fantaspoa will definitely screen some of these films but we will have to wait for the complete schedule.

On the other hand, Italy’s Fabio Frizzi is being honored for his contributions as a composer. Frizzi mostly collaborated with the late Lucio Fulci, on such films as Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and A Cat in the Brain.

Fantaspoa 2015 will be celebrated from May 15 to 31 and so far it looks really, really good. I will be there for the second half of the festival, so stay tuned for my reports.

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