Meet Mamántula, the boy of everyone’s dreams… and a giant, cross-dressing spider-human with an appetite for revenge and sperm. In an alternate Berlin of brutalist saunas, sepulchral subway corridors and hardboiled detectives, he threads a silken trap. His dream: to cocoon the planet, victim by victim, in his sticky embrace. Will a couple of lovebirds with police badges stop him? Or will the gay community have to step in and take the law into their own hands?
Proof that midnight movies are alive and well, Ion de Sosa returns to BFMAF with another visionary work of anarchic underground cinema. After a string of unexplained and gruesome deaths in the queer community – bodies that appear to have been literally sucked dry – two detectives set out to investigate the mysterious cruiser performing deadly fellatio. All evidence points to a leather-clad humanoid spider with an insatiable thirst. de Sosa skilfully draws on a number of genres to craft something uniquely his own – part Cronenberg body horror, part X-Files episode, and part gay porn. With intimate and richly coloured cinematography reminiscent of Nan Goldin’s subcultural photographs, visceral sound design, and sickening art direction, Mamántula is an intoxicating trip that makes for perfect late-night viewing. (Alice Miller)
Ion de Sosa (Urnieta, 1981), is a director, producer and director of photography. His feature film Sueñan los androides (Androids Dream) premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and was widely screened at spanish and international festivals and art centres. The film reflects the constants of his cinema: the use of 16mm, the mixture of genres, and a signualr approach to time, composition and humour. He has worked as director of photography on the films of García Ibarra, Luis López Carrasco, Alberto Gracia and Irati Gorostidi. Currently, he is about to film Balearic, his fifth project as a director.
Mamántula (2023), Leyenda dorada (2019), Sueñan los Androides (2014), True Love (2011)