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FANT 2021 sature d’étranges créatures la ville de Bilbao

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- La 27e édition du festival du cinéma fantastique FANT va animer la ville basque du 7 au 16 mai ; l’ouverture sera marquée par la première mondiale de Todas las lunas d'Igor Legarreta

FANT 2021 sature d’étranges créatures la ville de Bilbao
Ilargi Guztiak. Todas las lunas de Igor Legarreta

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The Bilbao Fantastic Film Festival – FANT, organised by Bilbao City Council, is holding its 27th edition from Friday 7 May until Sunday 16 May, and it will be a good litmus test to see if its residents are indeed as brave and as hard to scare as all the jokes about Basque people would have us believe. The world premiere of Ilargi Guztiak. Todas las lunas [+lire aussi :
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, the latest offering by Igor Legarreta, will have the honour of kicking off this audiovisual marathon that broaches fantastical themes and presents awe-inspiring conflicts from this turbulent world – and beyond.

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For instance, standing out in its official competition section are titles of the likes of Benny Loves You [+lire aussi :
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(UK), in which first-time feature director Karl Holt demonstrates in the flesh (he plays the protagonist himself) that getting rid of a close childhood friend, as fluffy and cuddly as it may be, can have disastrous repercussions. Another standout movie is the Hungarian flick Comrade Draculich [+lire aussi :
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, the second feature by Márk Bodzsár, which sees a group of crack police officers banishing vampires with the tried-and-tested method of using garlic as a foolproof anti-bloodsucker weapon. Meanwhile, In Happy Times (Israel/USA/Italy) by Michael Mayer, a night out ends up derailing and veering off into something terrible, a far cry from the joy alluded to by the title. With the claustrophobic Meander [+lire aussi :
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, France’s Mathieu Turi shows off just how much fun he had while training as assistant director to Quentin Tarantino, although here one would think that he had also shut himself away with Spaniard Rodrigo Cortés. Siblings Harpo and Lenny Guit have channelled the humour of the Marx and Farrelly brothers in their feature debut, the Belgian production Mother Schmuckers [+lire aussi :
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, and out of competition, among other movies, audiences will also be able to enjoy Tailgate (Belgium/Netherlands), which could be described as a personal, 21st-century, family-focused revamp of Steven Spielberg's Duel, helmed by Lodewijk Crijns.

In the Panorama Fantástico strand, Bilbao residents with even more guts will have a whale of a time with the feature debut by Germany’s Julian Richberg, Arboretum, starring two teenagers on a quest for vengeance. They will also enjoy watching the junk food-gobbling, bipolar couple in Ordinary Creatures by Austria’s Thomas Marschall, an outstanding pupil of Michael Haneke’s, plus they will recognise certain aspects of the pandemic suffered by the Siberians in Mom, I Befriended Ghosts, directed by Sasha Voronov.

In addition to an impressive assortment of short films of all genres (as well as the odd documentary), a meet-up with some of the crew (the Goya-winning people responsible for the wardrobe and the soundtrack) from the film Akelarre [+lire aussi :
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by Pablo Agüero, and a juicy exhibition dedicated to the figure of Dracula and his minions/copycats, FANT Bilbao 2021 will hand out its Fantrobia Award to Barcelona-born filmmaker Lluís Quilez, whom we have to thank for the recent chilling prison-based thriller Below Zero [+lire aussi :
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, while its Honorary Fant Award will be bestowed upon another illustrious Catalonian, Jaume Balagueró, the (co-)director of the REC saga, from whom we are eagerly awaiting the yet-to-be-released (in Europe) The Vault [+lire aussi :
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