Filmmaker José Pedro Lopes placed his entry into the ABC’S OF DEATH contest with the zombie romp M IS FOR MACHO. He now returns with his first feature film THE FOREST OF LOST SOULS. This black and white film filled with anguish and despair follows two strangers who meet in a place of sadness where one may have an alternative motive. The feature will have its premiere February at the Fantasporto and we have the extraordinary trailer for you to see ahead. We should hear more news on more release dates in the coming months and make sure to be on the lookout for this one.
In the world’s saddest place, two strangers meet. But one of them is happy to be there.
Portuguese coming-of-age slasher “A Floresta das Almas Perdidas” will have its world premiere in February, as part of the prestigious Director’s Week competition of the Fantasporto International Film Festival, in Oporto Portugal.
Two strangers, Ricardo (Jorge Mota) and Carolina (Daniela Love) meet within the woods, each of them planning to commit suicide. After bumping into each other, the pair put off their deaths and explore the forest to see what they can find. The two of them begin to bond, however, one of them isn’t who they seem to be.
“A Floresta das Almas Perdidas” is the first feature by director José Pedro Lopes following a career as a short film producer, and it features newcomers Daniela Love and Mafalda Banquart alongside actors Jorge Mota (Manoel de Oliveira’s “Voyage until the end of the World”) and Lígia Roque (João Botelho’s “The Northen Land”).
Imagined like a matryoska doll, the film is an unsettling horror tale inside of a coming of age drama, with a poetic drama about life giving away into a suspenseful “70s slasher-style” second act. Shot in a beautiful and haunting black and white in several locations of Northern Portugal and Zamora (Spain).
The hybrid is premiering in Portugal in late February in Fantasporto ahead of a theatrical tour later in the year. In april the film will have its african debut in Camiff 2017 – Cameroon International Film Festival.