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Wales’ International Horror Festival

11 - 16 November 2014, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

Painless

Painless
(Insensibles)

Synopsis

On the eve of the Spanish Civil War, a group of children who are insensitive to pain are locked up in a hospital deep in the Pyrenees. In the present time, David Martel a brilliant neurosurgeon has to find his biological parents in order to get a transplant he needs to survive. In his vital quest he awakens ghosts from his country’s past and is confronted with the terrible fate of the children who feel no pain.

This unforgettable film tracks Spain’s tumultuous history through the viewpoint of these wretched children, from being at the horrifying mercy of WWII’s most darkest chapters, through to their unavoidable fate. This mature, genre-bending film is quite possibly one of the best and most memorable films to come out of Spain in years.


Director

Juan Carlos Medina

Cast

Àlex Brendemühl
Tómas Lemarquis
Ilias Stothart

Country

Spain

Running time

100mins

Year

2012

Screening

6th Nov

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  • Robin Hardy

    Many congratulations on the way you have developed your splendid festival. I think you have shown great imagination and flair in doing so and I wish you every success with it in the future. Vicky and I thank you for an extremely pleasant visit.
  • Catriona MacColl

    I can truly say that I was treated like a queen from beginning to end and that I loved every minute of it !! 'Abertoir' is to be highly recommended to any potential guest of honour like myself. The contrast between the peaceful, extremely comfortable and beautiful accommodation in the hills above the town and the exciting and eclectic film programme and guest line-up (never a dull moment) taking place at the wonderful and lively Arts Centre is to be experienced.The welcome and level of cooperation from Gareth and his team is four-star. Thank you SO much- I just hope that one of my recent projects will be selected in the future and that I can come back again I had such a nice time. You made me feel like I'm part of the family...!!
  • Gary Sherman

    The week we spent in Aberystwyth was truly one of the most enjoyable trips my wife and I have ever had. The town and surrounding countryside are charming, magical and incredibly beautiful. The people were fabulously friendly and sincerely hospitable. The food was surprisingly fantastic. Our midnight walk through the ruins of the castle and adjoining graveyard, under a full moon, was not only wonderfully spooky but like travelling back through time. The only thing I found a lack of in Wales was... vowels!
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis

    Here at last is a festival that combines the three elements any guest hopes to have but seldom sees in concert - a varied and entertaining program... consideration for the time of both guests and attendees... and a stimulating series of events. For attendees, the Program Guide itself has value beyond the modest admission fee. I know I speak for others such as Doug Bradley, when I say, loudly and clearly: Thank you, Abertoir!
  • Victoria Price

    My trip to Abertoir was the finale of my Vincentennial tour--and what a perfect ending to an extraordinary year it was.!I thoroughly enjoyed the festival, meeting so many of my father's fans, as well as my fellow guests. But it was my trip to Wales that was the highlight. Aberysthwyth is a wonderful seaside town. The people are lovely, and the setting gorgeous. I even had glorious weather. The organizers of the festival treated me so well, and made sure that my trip to Wales was a memorable one! A trip to Abertoir should be on any horror fan's bucket list!!!
  • Fabio Frizzi

    To participate in the Abertoir Horror Festival made me discover many things, a group of serious professionals who are growing, year after year, a unique event, full of culture and entertainment, a magical region such as Wales and the severe and charming Irish Sea.  A reality from which I immediately felt adopted.
  • Lloyd Kaufman

    Abertoir has the best movies, the best fans, the best Tromettes and the best sheep of any festival that Toxie and I have attended. Troma has changed it's name to Trom-Abertoir!
  • Laurence Harvey

    The Abertoir Festival is a great little festival that 'punches above its weight', in terms of delivering not only the best of contemporary horror from the festival circuit, but also putting those films in a context, curating events that pay tribute to past masters. The mix of films, music and live presentations give it the feel of a convention. And most of all the setting. Seaside resorts out-of-season have a haunting beauty, Aberystwyth has its own 'bubble'. It's like being in The Village and loving it!
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