A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR BRAZIL’S GODFATHER OF THE FANTASTIC
Fresh of the press release of Fantasia!
Jose Mojica Marins (infamous for his Coffin Joe films) will be receiving a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. His furiously subversive anti-religion/anti-government interpretation of the genre took shape in the midst of a brutal dictatorship and remains wholly without parallel. Over his nearly half-century-long career, he has created some of the most inspired, inflammatory and hallucinatory imagery in the history of fantastic cinema. His Coffin Joe character is equal parts the Marquis De Sade, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Salvador Dali and Friedrich Nietzsche, channelled through a love for confrontational horror films and the darkest of carnivalesque spook show iconography.
Along with the award comes the Canadian Premiere of his radical and critically acclaimed comeback film EMBODIMENT OF EVIL(Encarnação do Demônio), which launched at the Venice Film Festival, and has been blowing minds across the world over the past months (Stockholm Film Festival, Sitges, Rotterdam).
Marins will be in town for the occasion, (his 2nd visit to Fantasia following his legendary appearance at the 2001 show), along with award-winning LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY director Dennison Ramalho, who co-wrote EMBODIMENT OF EVIL with Marins.