The shortlist of titles for the 14th Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (which will be taking over the city of Trieste from the 29th October to the 3rd November) just gets better.
Amongst the recent titles to be announced for the Official Selection Fuori Concorso (outside the main competition) is the Italian premier of the Australian film These Final Hours by Zak Hilditch (in cinemas from the 30th October, distributed by Indie Pictures). Presented at the Quinzane des Réalisateurs at the last Cannes Film Festival, it tells the story of the last day on earth, twelve hours before a catastrophic event that will end life as we know it. For the first time in Italy, the film ABCs of Death 2 will also be shown. This anthology film sees 26 directors, including such greats as Shion Sono and Vincenzo Natali, take on 26 madcap ways to die, with the end result being a mad and terrifying twist to the alphabet.
Adding to the titles that are already confirmed in the main competition are: Robot Overlords by Jon Wrights, the first in a trilogy aimed at teenage audiences that sees the protagonists, played by Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, having to fight against giant robots that have come from another galaxy; Nuoc 2030, a Vietnamese film directed by Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo on the subject of the environment that looks at global warming and the rapidly rising sea-levels; the horror fantasy Nymph from the Serbian director Milan Todorovic (writer, director and producer of Zone of the Dead, the first zombie film made in Serbia) featuring Franco Nero and a fatally attractive siren; Bradley King’s Time Lapse, an American indie film in which a group of kids discover a camera that takes polaroids of the future, forcing them to be mixed up in a whirl of money and risky gambles.
Then, in the Sci-Fi Classix section we will be showing Tobe Hooper’s Non Aprite Quella Porta (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), forty years after it hit box offices, brought back to our screens for the occasion in a brand new digital re-mastering.