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HOUSE OF LAUGHING WINDOWS, The

Italy, 1976 (MIFF 2013, Shining Violence: Italian Giallo)

Director: Pupi Avati

"One of my favourite giallo films." – Eli Roth

A young painter named Stefano is sent to a rural Italian village to restore a fresco in a local church. The picture, which depicts the murder of St Sebastian, was painted by a mysterious man who disappeared years ago. As soon as Stefano arrives in town to begin his work, people start dying.

Largely forgotten until recent years, this giallo from director Pupi Avati (The Best Man, MIFF 1998) has since been rediscovered and celebrated by fans of the subgenre. With a small town populated by sinister folk, Catholic superstition, mysterious telephone calls in the night and some truly grisly murders, this gory film hits all the '70s Italian horror sweet spots.

"The intricate plot will keep you guessing until the very end … [and] will burn in your memory for a very, very, long time." – Sound on Sight

D Pupi Avati P Antonio Avati, Gianni Minervini S Antonio Avati, Pupi Avati WS Adriana Chiesa Enterprises L Italian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1976

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