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HOFF will be in town again!

On 22 - 25 March 2007 Haapsalu Culture Centre will be invaded by horror and fantasy films from near and far. The 2nd Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HOFF) in the home town of Estonia’s most famous ghost White Lady takes place in cooperation with the City of Haapsalu, Black Nights Film Festival and Haapsalu Cultyure Centre.

HOFF is treating the audience with 18 horror and fantasy features from 12 countries. Most of the films are screened in Estonia for the first time, like Taiwan’s most expensive ghost story SILK, French SHEITAN starring Vincent Cassel or Portuguese hit BAD BLOOD, just to name a few examples of the diverse programme.

The novelities include a selection of new British horror films from 2002 - 2006, representing the revival of the genre in Britain. The programme is introduced with a special screening, lecture and discussion about British horror films on 21 March at 18:00 in Tallinn Cinema House.

The 1981 Russian animation THE MYSTERY OF THIRD PLANET should attract to Haapsalu all fantasy-loving children as well as their parents who have grown up with this Sojuzmultfilm classic being able quote all film’s dialogues by heart. Additional historical touch is given by the 1973 French syrreal sci-fi animation FANTASTIC PLANET and Canadian rock-animation HEAVY METAL.

HOFF does also not forget the audience with the strongest wits and guts, as the freak film hall will trial the viewers with Japanese zombies and deluded German morgue workers.

Additionally Haapsalu Culture Centre during the festival hosts professor Jaan Toomik’s students’ art project "Joy of Horror 2" and Estonian Media Artists Union’s (MARTU) video programme "Explicating Circumstances".

HOFF begins on 22 March in Haapsalu Culture Centre with fantasy film PAN’S LABYRINTH and grand opening party with young bands Agent M and Pulls, and DJ’s playing Italian horror film tunes. The festival is closed with a classic, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN of Hammer Studios premiered 50 years ago. Terence Fisher’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s infamous story star the charismatic Christopher Lee and Peter Cushinguga.

More info on  

● Festival takes place on 22 – 25 March in Haapsalu Culture Centre;
● Festival films have advisory age ratings;
● All films are presented by festival organisers or specialist of the genre;
● Films are in original language with English and Estonian subtitles;
● Festival pass costs 300 EEK, day pass 90/120 EEK and single ticket 30/50 EEK.
● Tickets are available in Piletilevi, Statoil stations around Estonia and 1 hour before the screening.
● Festivalgoers can find affordable accommodation in Haapsalu Sports Centre (40 – 100 EEK/night) and Baltic Hotel Promenaadi (500 EEK/single and 600 EEK/double room).

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