‘Solomon Kane’ to open Fantasporto

'The Crazies' to close Portuguese event

LISBON — Michael J. Bassett’s dark, swashbuckling epic, “Solomon Kane,” will open the 30th Fantasporto, Portugal’s largest film festival.

The closer is Breck Eisner’s remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 thriller “The Crazies.”

The competitive section for fantasy pics includes Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi clone pic “Splice,” Jaume Balaguero’s claustrophobic chiller “Rec 2,” Jon Harris’ subterranean horror pic “The Descent: Part 2” and Park Chan-wook’s vampire tale “Thirst,” which was joint winner of the jury prize at Cannes.

Andrea Arnold’s kitchen-sink drama “Fish Tank,” which shared the jury prize at Cannes, competes in Fantasporto’s Directors’ Week, alongside Jeff Beesley’s revenge tale “Dolan’s Cadillac” and Elia Suleiman’s black comedy “The Time That Remains.”

SFX experts David Marti (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Colin Arthur (“2001 — Space Odyssey”) will participate in an SFX workshop and the fest also offers a Film Robotics workshop.

Fantasporto runs Feb. 26 to March 6 in the capital, Oporto.

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