With general praise for the quality of the selection, the latest edition of Fantasporto, Portugal’s leading film festival, has just ended. So much said the members of the juries of the three competitive sections (Fantasy, Directors Week and Orient Express).



“MAMA” by Andrés Muschietti   in the Fantasy Competition and “PIETÀ” by Korean director Kim Ki Duk in the Directors Week, are the winners of the 33rd edition of Fantasporto.


“MAMA”  also won the Best Actress and Direction in Fantasy Competition category. Jessica Chastain, after being nominated to the Oscars for ”The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, won the Best Actress award in Fantasporto.

Still in the Fantasy section, the Special Prize of the Jury went to the Galician production, “THE APOSTLE” with a score by composer Philip Glass.

European  Cinema has won, in fact, most of the awards in the Fantasy Competition.


In the Directors Week, awards were shared by two of the greatest authors in the world cinema, both launched in Europe by Fantasporto, Russian director Karen Shaknazarov with “WHITE TIGER” , receiving the Special Prize of the Jury and also Best Actor and Director. Korean director Kim Ki Duk, with “PIETÀ”  was the other wining film,  receiving kudos for the leading Actress and Best Film.



In the Orient Express Competiton, dedicated to Asian films, the winner was Korean “THE GRAND HEIST “ by  Kim Joo-Ho.


The Critics Award went to a story based in real events of the Bosnian War, “THE SEASONING HOUSE”, directed by Paul Hyett, with Kevin Howarth in the leading role, an actor also discovered in Fantasporto for his astonishing role in “The Last Horror Movie”.


Norwegian Cinema has been one of the best surprises in the last few years. “THALE” by Alekandre Nordaas  and based on a folk story, won the Audience Award.


One of the highlights of the festival was the 70th Anniversary of the opening of the Portuguese film “ANIKI BOBO” by the oldest director still active, Manoel de Oliveira, still a youthful man of 104. In a statement at the end of the screening, Oliveira said, “This evening was like a dream come true. Too bad it arrived  a bit too late in my life “. With a 5 minute standing ovation at the Rivoli Theatre, the elderly director showed a clear mind and a fantastic sense of humour.


Nearly 45,000 spectators filled the 175 screenings at the Rivoli in Oporto, with almost 300 films from 37 countries. The general audience of nearly 70,000, a huge number for Portugal also participated in the Special Programme 2013 dedicated to Literature.



With over 300 guests, mostly from abroad, representing 80% of the films in competition, Oporto was again a meeting place for film professionals.


The festival closing party, the Vampires Ball brought, once again, many impersonators who danced to the sound of live music and DJ’s.


Fantasporto  2014 will be held, as usual, in the last week of February till the beginning of Mars in the World Heritage City of Portwine. (24th February till 9th March)


Welcome to Fantasporto 2014!