HÕFF celebrates its 15th birthday with an unforgettable dark horror-comedy
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th HÕFF will take place online. The festival has subsequently had to make changes to the film programme. The list of announced films is available here.
The full programme will be announced on April 30, 2020.
Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival is opening this year with the 2019 hit horror-comedy film “Come to Daddy”.
The New Zealand film by native director Ant Timpson shows us an adult son receiving a message from his estranged father, which prompts the son to go visit his dad. But the secluded home his dad now lives in hides dark secrets.
With a slow build up, surprising development and unexpected ending, this dark comedy has won over the public in both US and Canadian cinemas and has received high praise from critics.
“Endearingly nutty comic thriller,” writes New York Times.
“It’s an absurd gross-out romp that turns into a tearjerker,” writes Indiewire.
HÕFF head of programming Helmut Jänes calls it one of the most remarkable horror comedy films of late. Programme Consultant Maria Reinup claims the film is both wild enough to make you laugh, but it can also make you sick to your stomach. “Once it’s over you’ll want to watch it again immediately,” she says.
The film was made in collaboration with New Zealand, Canada and Ireland, and stars Elijah Wood, best known for his role in “The Lord of the Rings”. The film’s director Ant Timpson is mostly known for being an experienced producer, who produced such films as “The ABCs of Death”, “Turbo Kid” and “The Greasy Strangler”.
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HÕFF will also be screening the best the psychological horror genre has to offer with British director Rose Glass’ new bloodcurdling film “Saint Maud”. The film premiered last year at Toronto International Film Festival and it tells the story of catholic nurse Maud and the strange things that start to happen when she tries to save her dying patient’s soul.
The film received a Special Commendation in the Official Competition section of the London Film Festival, with the jury president saying: “This dazzling directorial debut marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in British cinema.” The film will be released in Great Britain at the same time it will be shown at HÕFF.
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The 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival runs from April 30th until May 3rd. It is the biggest festival of it’s kind here in the Baltics.
Passes available here.
The entire programme will be announced on April 9th.