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MotelX: Terror returns to Lisbon in September

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- Thirteen Portuguese short films will be shown in competition

MotelX: Terror returns to Lisbon in September

Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival, MotelX, will hold its eighth edition from 10-14 September, expanding its programme from two to three venues in the Portuguese capital.

Some of the highlights of this year’s edition were unveilled earlier this week. The festival will kick off before its official opening (on 10 September) with a sort of warm-up week, which includes poetry sessions and open-air film events, followed by five days of screenings taking place in parallel with masterclasses and worshops.

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MotelX’s main section, “Room Service”, is not competitive. Among the European titles programmed this year are Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia [+see also:
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 (Belgium), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among the Living [+see also:
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 (France), Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows [+see also:
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interview: Nacho Vigalondo
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 (Spain) and Adrian García Bogliano’s Late Phases (Spain).

The only competitive section of the festival is the one screening local horror short films. This year, a total of 13 titles will be judged by jury members Gonçalo Waddington (actor), Luísa Sequeira (Shortcuts Porto director) and Julien Maury (French director). Shorts in competition are: Bodas de Papel by Francisco AntunezContactos 2.0 by Bernardo Gomes de Almeida and Rodrigues Duvens PintoDemência by Rafael AlmeidaDentes e Garras by Francisco LacerdaEpoh by Pedro PintoForbidden Room by Emanuel Nevado and Ricardo AlmeidaGata Má by Eva MendesJoana de Rosa and Sara AugustoMaria by Joana ViegasA Morte é o Único Perdão by Rui PilãoOffline by Pedro RodriguesPela Boca Morre o Peixe by João P NunesSchadenfreude – De Morrer a Rir by Leonardo Dias and Se o Dia Chegar by Pedro Santasmarinas.

Another section dedicated to Portuguese genre films will screen two classic titles: Fernando Garcia’s O Cerro dos Enforcados and Manoel de Oliveira’s Os Canibais.

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