Brazil is a beautiful country and the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest lusophone country in the world.
Amongst the beautiful people, culture, and scenery there is a thriving and strong horror community -- making it perfect as the home of the 5th Cinefantasy - Brazil Fantastic Film Festival. The festival takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is in its fifth year of featuring some of the best horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. This year 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' will be playing in the festival and we couldn't be happier! But first, allow me to let you know a little more about the festival --
"Brazil is not only the country of carnival and soccer. It’s a country with rich folklore, many dark legends, obscure rituals, UFO mysteries, beautiful fairy tales and, of course, Coffin Joe. That’s why Brazil needed a fantastic film festival like Cinefantasy.
Cinefantasy happens annually in São Paulo, the largest city of Brazil and the most economic and cultural influential of the Latin America. It’s an international event dedicate to fantasy, sci-fi and horror movies that screens short films and features in competitive sessions, as well as tributes, retrospectives, thematic and especial screenings, premieres, conferences with guest filmmakers, lectures and workshops.
Last year the event has had astounding growth. There were almost 200 submissions, 80 short films selected for the competitive screening and 12 winners who won the awesome “Dry Corpse Trophy”. The festival exhibited more than 160 films in total at three screening places. The 4th Cinefantasy showcased features like the Italian horror film “Shadow”, the Thai movie “The Forbidden Door” that won the best movie in Puchon, and the French sci-fi movie “8th Wonderland”, 3 awards winner on Fantasia. The guests were the master of the Brazilian horror-comedy Ivan Cardoso and Marc Price, director of the zombie film that wows Cannes, “Colin”. There was also amusing thematic programs like the “Dark Little Tales” screening with gothic short films, the DayGore that was an entire day with gore and exploitation movies and a tribute to Fauzi Mansur, a Brazilian underground director.
With five editions, the Cinefantasy is already one of the most important fantastic film festival in Latin America, hosting a lot of fans and media.
Cinefantasy Festival is one of the founder members of FANTAFESTIVALES - Latin Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.
This year Cinefantasy will be running it’s 5th edition that happens from August 31 to September 12."
I know, I know -- pretty fucking awesome, right? You want to see all the features and the shorts because they will be spectacular, but here are the Hooker dates especially for all you die-hards south south of the boarder --
September 2nd , 8pm, at Centro Cultural São Paulo
September 11th , 5pm, at Cine Olido
See the film (with subtitles!) and let us know what you think. We want to hear your thoughts, joys, everything about the film. Thank you so much and if you know any folks in the area please pass this along. Gracias tanto! A very special heartfelt thanks to Vivi Amaral, the festivals director, who invited 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' to the festival and for all the support - may your event rock even harder this year!!
(photo from the ole modeling days, lol, enjoy! Brazil makes me think of the sun)
~Jen and Sylv