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'Blood Window' Offers Glimpse Into Latin American Fantasy Films at Cannes

  • A still from the Argentinian film

    A still from the Argentinian film "Aterrados" directed by Demian Rugna. | Photo: Aura Films/Blood Window

Published 1 May 2018

Blood Window, which started as a gore and horror film market, has become one of the most important platforms for Latin American fantasy films.

Argentina's fantasy film market “Blood Window” will be featured within the Cannes Film Market between May 11 and 14, an event hosted by the Festival's organizing committee.


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The showcase will include 10-minute-clips of seven mostly Argentinian films in various stages of progress as part of the Upcoming Fantastic Films, which shows movies that are still in post-production.

It will also feature three of the best Latin American fantasy films, coming from Uruguay, Mexico, and Argentina.

Blood Window defines itself as a “platform to promote Latin American talents specialized in fantasy films” and, as its name suggests, started in 2013 showcasing gore and horror films to later expand its boundaries and include science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy.

The platform is part of the Ventana Sur, one of the primary film markets in Latin America, in which buyers from all around the world can get a glimpse of the region's films and meet producing houses from all over the continent.

Blood Window had its own stand alone festival between March and April 2018 in Pinamar, a coastal city in Argentina.

Ralph Haiek, president of Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), said at the time: “We bet on fantastic cinema and genre that grows talent and production in our country. We want a festival that targets the young and family-oriented public of Pinamar, and we know that taking this path with Blood Window guarantees that.”

Among the featured films that Blood Window will showcase in Cannes are “The Tenants,” by the Mexican director Chava Cartas, which tells the story of a couple trying to escape from their past when new mysterious circumstances emerge; “Grey in the Eyes,” a thriller by the Uruguayan Santiago Ventura set in a black and white world in which a girl gets a briefcase full of an addictive drug that allows people to see colors; and “Terrified,” by Argentinian director Demian Rugna, following a paranormal detective.

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