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Burnin’ Percebes to kick off the 19th edition of FANT

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- Golem opens the Bilbao-based gathering, which this year pays tribute to key figures in Spanish horror, such as actress Belén Rueda and filmmaker Carlota Pereda

Burnin’ Percebes to kick off the 19th edition of FANT
Golem by Burnin’ Percebes

The FANT – Fantastic Film Festival is gearing up for its 29th edition from 5-13 May in Bilbao. Headed up by Justo Ezenarro, it kicks off with a screening of the feature Golem [+see also:
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, helmed by Burnin’ Percebes (an artistic duo made up of Nando Martínez and Juan González), and starring Brays Efe, Bruna Cusí, Luis Tosar, Anna Castillo and Javier Botet. On Friday 12 May, the closing gala will take place, during which the Estrella FANTástico Award will be handed to Belén Rueda, who has starred in genre films of the calibre of The Orphanage [+see also:
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, The Body [+see also:
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and Julia’s Eyes [+see also:
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. The movie chosen to be screened during the ceremony is Incredible but True [+see also:
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, directed by Quentin Dupieux, a prolific director who is also taking part in the Official Section with Smoking Causes Coughing [+see also:
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Furthermore, FANT will hand out the FANTrobia Award, in recognition of an up-and-coming name in the world of genre: at this edition, the recipient will be Carlota Pereda, the director of Piggy [+see also:
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, who is working on her second feature, La ermita [+see also:
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, which just so happens to be toplined by Belén Rueda (see the news). An addition to these prizes this year are the Honorary FANT Awards, which will be presented to two big names in Spanish cinema: Zorion Eguileor, a Basque actor, musician and broadcaster whose career includes a standout appearance in the successful The Platform [+see also:
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; and Paco Plaza, the director of the [REC] [+see also:
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saga, Verónica [+see also:
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and The Grandmother [+see also:
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FANT’s Official Competition Section includes a number of films that will be presented by their directors: Spaniards Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez will do so with their latest outing, The Elderly [+see also:
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; the Luxembourgish flick Wolfkin [+see also:
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will be introduced by Jacques Molitor; and Austria’s Rubikon [+see also:
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will be presented by Magdalena Lauritsch.

The remaining titles that will get an airing in this strand are the animated movie No Dogs or Italians Allowed [+see also:
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(France/Italy/Belgium/Portugal/Switzerland) by Alain Ughetto, The Visitor from the Future [+see also:
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by France’s François Descraques, Vesper [+see also:
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(France/Lithuania/Belgium) by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, Year of the Shark [+see also:
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(France) by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma, Melchior the Apothecary by Estonia’s Elmo Nüganen, Feed Me (UK) by Adam Leader and Richard Oakes, Huesera: The Bone Woman (Mexico) by Michelle Garza, the South Korean productions Mount Chiak by Kim Sun-ung, Emergency Declaration by Jae-rim Han and The Roundup by Lee Sang-yong, Shin Ultraman (Japan) by Shinji Higuchi, The Lake (Australia) by Lee Thongkham and Aqing Xu, Eradication (USA) by Daniel Byers and, out of competition, Terrifier 2 (USA) by Damien Leone.

Furthermore, FANT, which is also screening a selection of short films that are taking part in the Official International Section, will fondly remember two Spanish filmmakers who passed away recently: screenwriter and film director Eugenio Martín, with his wonderful classics Horror Express and A Candle for the Devil; and Agustí Villaronga, with his brutal feature debut, In a Glass Cage.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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