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Vellington Vampires to brave Full Moon

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement will present What We Do in the Shadows in the competition line-up for Romanian village festival Luna Plina (Full Moon).

Films must be making their Romanian premiere to be selected in the festival’s competition. It isn’t a particularly high bar, but is in place to exclude films screened in Romania’s Transylvania IFF. From a NZ POV, that would be Max Currie’s Everything We Loved, which screened in competition at that festival last month.

Shadows will compete against a trio of US titles (Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence), Argentinian Luciano Onetti’s Sonno profondo and Jermey Lovering’s UK title In Fear.

Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

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The jury will be Fantasy FilmFest programmer Artur Brzozowski, Black Bear Filmfest co-director Tom Lukaszewicz and Mihai Chirilov, whose appointment clearly breaches the tradition of selecting judges with both a ‘w’ and ‘z’ in their name.

Out of competition the festival programmes several of the year’s usual suspects in the horror and slasher genres, including All Cheerleaders Die, Cheap Thrills, Life After Beth, Rigor Mortis and the recently-restored Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Full Moon runs 23-27 July in Biertan village, Sibiu county, Romania.

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