Angelica Ayala / The Voice of Michoacan
Patzcuaro, Michoacan. The International Fantastic and Horror Film Festival “Feratum”, which this year has as its central theme “The vampires of cinema”, will begin this coming Friday with the presentation of several feature films during the morning. In the afternoon there will be the red carpet where several of the actors and actresses who participate in the films are expected, as well as the opening ceremony and the presentation of the stellar film, “Amazing Elisa”, taking place at the Emperor Caltzontzin Theater.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, and since last year the festival was held virtually, this year they once again resume face-to-face activities with the participation of cinematographic works from Chile, Spain, Argentina, Russia, the United States and Mexico; while in the international feature film competition there are representatives from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, which will have their award ceremony on Sunday, November 13, and before that the red carpet will be held.
The Festival, which was founded by Miguel Ángel Marín Colín, will present a whole range of activities, such as the long-awaited March of the Beasts, which is open to the whole family. Feratum is calling for the population to participate personified as vampires: “Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, will once again receive our nightly carnival dedicated to terror and fantasy, which this year will have vampires in the movies as its theme,” reads the invitation text, adding which is a tribute to the 100 years of “Nosferatu”, a film by FW Murnau, being the first film adaptation of the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
The caravan will start in one of the emblematic buildings of the Magic Town to tour the main streets of the Historic Center. The March of the Beasts will conclude in the Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, where the award ceremony for the best makeup and costumes will be held. That same Saturday, one of the most special functions will be the presentation of the most emblematic vampire in cinema, with the film “Nosferatu”, which will be screened outdoors in the aforementioned square.
The function will be musicalized live by the Ensamble Mecánico quartet, convened by the Michoacan composer Julio Torres and also made up of Pablo Chavarría, Zenen Hernández and Rafael Solórzano, who will perform original musical pieces to generate terrifying atmospheres and unique moments of suspense in the viewer. marks the outline of the next event.
It is worth mentioning that the official poster of the International Fantastic and Horror Film Festival “Feratum” is also an artistic tribute made by Dosak Moreno, who was inspired by the oldest vampire in cinema. Also as a tribute to his 100 years of life, the special function is free and open to the public.
Likewise, the Mexican premiere will be held with the film “Alchemy of the spirit”, which is directed by Steve Balderson and with the participation of Xander Berkeley, Sarah Clarke, Mink Stole and Whip Hubley. The film tells a dark story of gothic, supernatural and science fiction love.
One of the master classes will be with Eugenio Caballero, Oscar winner for “Pan’s Labyrinth”, directed by Guillermo del Toro. There, the production designer will share some of his experiences in projects such as “Roma”, by Alfonso Cuarón, and “Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths”, by Alejandro González Iñárritu. This activity will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 12:00 in the Emperor Caltzontzin Theater, which is free; however, the organizers are requesting registration through the official Feratum page, since access will be restricted.
While the Mexican fiction short films that are in the competition and will be presented at the festival are: “El abyss”, by director Eduardo Moreno Fernández; “Waterfall”, by Marcos Muñoz Flores; “Demonios”, under the direction of Pablo Olmos Arrayales; “Dinosaurs no longer exist”, by Jaz Martínez; “The Island of the Dolls”, by Julio César Padilla; “Sonríe”, directed by Vicente Garibay Lijanova, and “Subterránea”, by director Nelson Omar Aldape.
Another of the classic presentations of the International Fantastic and Horror Film Festival “Feratum” will be “Cronos”, by Guillermo del Toro, a 1993 film. It should be noted that there will also be a collective exhibition of plastic arts “Vampires and monsters”.