Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez To Be Awarded at Fantastic Market; Presenting World Premiere of “THE STRANGER”

Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico is the young industry market addition to Austin’s annual cinematic celebration of the weird and wonderful, Fantastic Fest. With a focus on encouraging the development of genre film throughout Latin America, Spain, Portugal and from Latino filmmakers in the U.S., it’s fitting the the Fantastic Market’s first honorary La De Dios Award would go to two horror filmmakers realizing that vision through international partnership: Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez. 

Roth and Lopez have famously partnered in Lopez’s home of Chile to craft modestly budgeted, creative, new horror, and has in a short time produced AFTERSHOCK, THE GREEN INFERNO, Roth’s upcoming KNOCK KNOCK and THE STRANGER, the latter of which the two will present the world premiere of down in Austin.

Written and directed by Guillermo Amoedo (co-writer, KNOCK KNOCK and THE GREEN INFERNO), THE STRANGER stars INFERNO’s Lorenza Izzo and concerns “a mysterious man who arrives in a small town at the end of the world to eradicate a very dangerous decease.” THE STRANGER’s world premiere will coincide with a keynote speech from Roth and Lopez.

“I’ve had an amazing experience, both creatively and financially in Chile partnering with Nicolas Lopez and Miguel Asensio. Their whole approach to filmmaking is completely different from anywhere in the world, and I’ve found it to be far more creative as well as cost-effective. As the business changes and contracts and costs are cut filmmakers need to find ways to make their films without sacrificing quality or scope. We’re making theatrical genre films for a global audience, building Santiago as a new production base for filmmakers from every country. It’s been an amazing, fruitful partnership, and we feel like we’re only beginning,” said Roth

Adds Nicolas Lopez, “Eli came to Chile in 2011, he loved my crew, our mentality and my producer and business partner Miguel Asensio. A year later we were shooting Aftershock, six months later we shot THE GREEN INFERNO, and six months after that THE STRANGER…and in May we wrapped KNOCK KNOCK starring Keanu Reeves. At the same time we shot a TV pilot and I did a trilogy of romantic comedies in Spanish (QUE PENA TU VIDA, QUE PENA TU BODA, QUE PENA TU FAMILIA) and a PROMEDIO ROJO sequel. We called this concept Chilewood. Making movies from Chile, for the world, for a price, without losing quality and creativity. I found in Eli a real connection between Chile and Hollywood and he found a home where he can develop any project. Fantastic Fest gave me the special Jury Prize for SANTOS and they premiered Aftershock in the U.S. I love Fantastic Fest and it’s an honor to have the world premiere Guillermo Amoedo’s THE STRANGER this year.”

“The partnership between Nicolas Lopez and Eli Roth reflects the exact spirit with which Fantastic Market was started,” says market director Rodney Perkins. “We welcome their attendance at the market and look forward to their insights.”

Find the first poster for THE STRANGER, below. For more on Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Market, visit the official site. FANGORIA will of course be on hand in Austin this year and is proud to be sponsoring the Fantastic Fest Shorts Programs. For more on that, see here.


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