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There's no doubt that the horror genre will have a surge in stories about virus outbreaks, inspired by the current pandemic, but there's nothing more prescient than Francesco Giannini's Hall which, while not inspired by current events, certainly seems to be in the right place at the right time given the world situation with Coronavirus. Described by its director as a mystery, suspense-horror with a touch of sci-fi, Hall promises a mix of aesthetic, visual and story elements combined with a creative fusion of horror genres.

Giannini has directed a number of award-winning shorts including The Flare, which premiered at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival. Hall marks his feature directorial debut and he couldn't be more delighted about being selected for Frightfest, saying:

I've known about Frightfest UK for years as one of the leading genre film festivals in the world. Having Frightfest select my directorial debut feature film Hall is a tremendous honor. I couldn't have imagined a better event to host our World Premiere.

Hall tells the story of Naomi, a Japanese runaway wife, and Val, a helpless young mother, both struggling to escape an abusive relationship as well as a hotel hallway, which has been infected by a mysterious airborne virus that is rapidly killing everyone. In this isolated and despairing space, fear becomes viral as the women run for their lives. In the face of contamination, is there hope at the end of the hall?

Encountering the special circumstances around the pandemic happening in the world right now, Hall coincidentally captures the intrinsic sense of dread that people in society are experiencing in an even more visceral manner.

Speaking about the remarkably coincidental subject matter, Giannini says:

It’s actually a complete coincidence that our film is coming out at the same time as this unfortunate crisis. We have had similar epidemics in the last few decades such as H1N1, SARS and others that can resemble COVID-19, with different circumstances and outcomes. Subconsciously the themes and ideas I express within “Hall” have been questioned and thought about over the years.

I never thought that the fictional story we’ve created would become a reflection of reality within such a close time frame between the release of the film and the pandemic occurring right now. However, the ideas and themes explored in “Hall” have been in the thought process for a while due to the previous viruses outbreaks.

Hall Links: Official Website | Facebook | Instagram

Hall receives its world premiere on 30th August at 6.00pm on the Arrow Video Screen. For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html


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Arrow Films FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival, runs from Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August in an online format. The full line up was announced on July 28th. Festival passes and individual film tickets go on sale from Saturday 1st August.

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