MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival
announced today the first highlights of its 14 th edition, which will take place in Cinema São Jorge between 7
and 14 September.
Following the advice of public health authorities, MOTELX’s screenings will
have reduced capacity and longer intervals in between, and as such two extra days are
announced to allow the public to enjoy the Festival with maximum comfort and safety.
In a year that unfortunately resembles a genre film, and in which George Floyd’s death angered
the world, MOTELX presents the special programme “American Nightmare: Racism and Horror Cinema”
, a selection of 7 films in the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement that propose a
revised account of history. These are "The Intruder”
(Roger Corman, 1962), ), “Ganja & Hess”
(Bill Gunn, 1973), “White Dog”
(Samuel Fuller, 1982), “The People Under the Stairs”
Craven, 1991), “Candyman”
(Bernard Rose, 1992), “Tales from the Hood”
1995) and “Get Out”
(Jordan Peele, 2017).
2020 is also the year of Pedro Costa
at MOTELX, marking a new chapter in a history that dates
back to 2005, when CTLX (MOTELX’s organizer) programmed “Bones” in a cycle for the
Portuguese Cinematheque that would lead to the creation of the Festival. The most acclaimed
living Portuguese director will talk about his affinity with genre films as a guest of the Lost
Room section, and there will be the opportunity to revisit “Ne Change Rien”
(2009) and “Horse Money”
The new wave of female horror leads the premieres in the Room Service section, which will
show a record number of films directed by women (5 announced now, with more to come).
Among the highlights announced are “Saint Maud”
by Rose Glass, from A24 studios, “Relic”
the acclaimed film debut by writer Natalie Erika James, and Sandra Wollner’s “The Trouble with Being Born”
, a self-described “antithesis to Pinocchio” that garnered controversy at the
The Room Service
section also brings the return of the prolific Takashi Miike with his
reportedly 104 th film. Premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, “First Love”
drugs, blood, gore, romance and dark humour, and marks the return to the hyperbolic style
that made him a
festival favourite. In the Doc Terror section, the first title announced is “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street”
, an account of Mark Patton’s role as the first male Scream Queen in
“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”, now considered an LGBT cult classic.
And since horror movies are a place of freedom and risk, in 2020 MOTELX presents for the first
time a programme of Experimental Shorts, dedicated to alternative narratives that use
revolutionary techniques to create otherworldly nightmares. In the domain of more traditional
fiction, 20 shorts make up this year selection of International Shorts, which continues to
showcase projects in subgenres as varied as sci-fi, period drama and satire.
The competitive sections of MOTELX also make a return. The MOTELX Award for Best
Portuguese Horror Short Film/Méliès d’Argent
continues to encourage the national
production of genre cinema with the biggest monetary prize awarded to short films in
Portugal, €5,000, and a nomination to the Méliès International Festivals Federation’s Méliès
. In light of the disruption caused by the current pandemic, this year the deadline for
submissions has been extended to 2 August. Finalists will be announced next month, as will the
films selected for the MOTELX Award for Best European Feature/ Méliès d’Argent
many other Festival highlights.