“Le règne animal” opens the MOTELX horror film festival in Lisbon today


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Thomas Cailley’s “Le règne animal” opens the MOTELX horror film festival in Lisbon today, in an edition that recalls William Friedkin, invites Brandon Cronenberg and premieres a new film by Gabriel Abrantes.

“Le règne animal”, the French director’s second feature film, was shown at the Cannes film festival this year and the narrative follows a father and son “in a France haunted by a relentless virus that turns humans into animals”, says the organization.

The 17th edition of MOTELX runs until September 18 and the program includes a full retrospective dedicated to Canadian director Brandon Cronenberg, who will be in Lisbon to show the film “InfinityPool” and to give a masterclass.

Also noteworthy is the premiere of “The Seed of Evil”, a horror film by Gabriel Abrantes, starring Carloto Cotta, Alba Baptista and Brigette Lundy-Paine. It’s the first feature-length fiction film directed by Gabriel Abrantes alone, after he co-directed “Diamantino” (2018) with American Daniel Schmidt.

MOTELX will also review the 50th anniversary of William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist”, with a screening in a restored print.

“The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the greatest horror classic of all time has unfortunately turned into a tribute session” to the director who died last August, says the festival’s management.

The program of feature films also includes, for example, “Run Rabbit Run”, by Daina Reid, starring Sarah Snook, “Propriedade”, by Brazilian director Daniel Bandeira, “You won’t be alone”, by Goran Stolevski, with Nomi Rapace and Carloto Cotta, and “Lovely, Dark and Deep”, by Teresa Sutherland, shot in Portugal.

This year, the festival will award a new prize, dedicated to scripts for Portuguese feature films that have not yet been produced, in collaboration with GUIÕES – Festival do Roteiro e da Língua Portuguesa, which will also include a parallel program with pitching sessions and debates.

The entire program can be consulted at www.motelx.org.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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