30 Aug 2017

2017 Guests Announced: Lamberto Bava and Sergio Martino!

As the summer nights draw to a close we’re very pleased to begin revealing more details about this year’s Abertoir Horror Festival, taking place in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre this November!

Our previously released trailer revealed our overall theme for the festival, which will this year celebrate the giallo – a subgenre long-loved by the festival. With that in mind, it is with great pleasure that we can reveal the festival’s two guests of honour this year – directors Lamberto Bava and Sergio Martino!

Opening the festival on Tuesday, November 14th is Sergio Martino’s stylish and sensual thriller, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key.  With its mesmerising visuals and intricate plot, Your Vice is a definitive example of the classic Italian murder mystery, and a prominent entry in the career of our first guest.

Sergio Martino will join us afterwards for an in-depth discussion about his incredible body of work, particularly his career as the man responsible for some of cinema’s most iconic gialli, including Torso, All the Colours of the Dark and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.  

Over the weekend we’ll also be joined by Lamberto Bava, son of the father of the giallo himself, Mario Bava, and filmmaker in his own right. Lamberto will join us in conversation with expert Stephen Thrower to celebrate the genre and the magnificent contribution both Bavas have given to Italian horror cinema – and of course, you’ll be seeing plenty of examples from both!

You’ll have to hold on a little longer for news of exactly which films we’ll be showing in our celebration of all things giallo (as well as more special events, brand new films and premieres), but whether you’re a seasoned fan or someone who’s about to discover a whole new world of filmmaking, we’re sure you’ll be sharing in our excitement for welcoming Lamberto Bava and Sergio Martino to Abertoir 2017!