The raw, drug-fuelled Antrtida (21 Mar) and Jump into the Void (17 Mar) ensure the fest has its fair share of dirty realism, and Uribe's much praised thriller Running out of Time (above right, 19, 20 Mar) returns for a second year with its tale of a disillusioned ETA hitman. But today's Spanish cinema is perhaps best known for its robustly mordant humour, which surfaces again in the movie chosen to close the festival. A "satanic action comedy" starring a parapsychologist, death metal fan and virginal telly addict, The Day of the Beast (24 Mar) has already achieved a cult following in Spain, with its very own 666 fanzine. The film describes a priest who becomes convinced that the Antichrist is about to be reborn - what form he will take is unknown, but given the film's general level of plausibility, it's just possible the Evil One will be revealed as a mysterious, white-suited fruit connoisseur.
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