Chiller ‘Pantafa’, Starring Kasia Smutniak as a Single Mother Battling an Evil Spirit, Ready for Torino Film Festival Launch – Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

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Supernatural Cooler”pants“, featuring Kasia Smutniak (“Domina”) as a single mother named Marta whose daughter Nina becomes haunted at night, is slated for its Italian launch from Torino Film Festival after its world premiere at Raindance in London.

Domenico Procacci’s Fandango, which produced the horror film inspired by an ancient Italian legend involving an evil spirit that chokes women in their sleep, has now released a trailer (above) to which Variety has exclusive access.

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Marta, an ambitious career-minded woman, tries to solve Nina’s “sleeping disorder” by moving to a remote mountain village, but once there, the young girl claims she is attacked by the witch Pantafa who sits on his chest to steal his breath. As Nina’s sleep paralysis and visions worsen, her mother’s coping mechanisms break down and reality blurs with nightmare.

Smutniak, who plays the lead role Livia Drusilla, wife of Emperor Augustus, in the Sky series “Domina”, stars alongside young newcomer actress Greta Santi.

Pic is directed by Emanuele Scaringi, who has long worked with Fandango in various guises: as writer, creative producer (“Bangla”) and director of the graphic novel adaptation “The Armadillo’s Prophecy”, the feature debut of Scaringi who went to Venice. He also directed the detective television series “L’Alligatore” for RAI.

The film, which is written by Tiziana Triana, Vanessa Piccirelli and Scaringi — and featuring Oscar-winning costume designer Gabriella Pescucci (“Penny Dreadful”) — is the first horror film produced by Fandango, which will be released in Italy. They received support from RAI Cinema. Fandango Sales handles international sales.

In addition to being a movie, the story has also been adapted into a graphic novel published by Fandango-owned Coconino Press and premiered earlier this month at the Lucca Comics and Games convention.

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