Beyond the Grave (Porto Dos Mortos)
In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.
It was in 2008 when Brazilian director Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro’s Beyond the Grave (Porto Dos Mortos) was first announced, but things appear to be back on track for the film as it’s screening was recently announced to take place at the Chicago Latino Film Festival on April 21st and 26th. Written and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro, Beyond the Grave follows the unstoppable hunt of a vengeful cop for a supernatural serial killer. In its film festival circuit the Brazilian fantasy feature gained international acclaim, being also selected for the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latino-Americano (Cuba), and won two awards: Best Horror Feature Award at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and Audience Choice Award for Best Latin American Feature at Montevideo Fantástico (Uruguay).
Shot in the city of Porto Alegre, south of Brazil, Beyond the Grave is an arthouse mixture of road movie, spaghetti western, and different horror sub-genres such as zombie and black magic. “I tried to bring in everything I had learned about cinema and humanity from the beginning of my conscious life till the moment of locking the final cut. I think we should be respectful of genre, of course, but a rigid tone is more important than a rigid genre. We’re in an age where amalgamations are common nature in art. Cinema shouldn’t be excluded,” believes the filmmaker.