Portugal's leading international film festival, Fantasporto, will launch a marathon showing of 16 hit festival titles in Lisbon next week.

The initiative - dubbed 'Fantasporto Marathon' and supported by distributor-exhibitor LNK Filmes, the Cinema Quarteto four-screen cinema and various private sponsors - will mark the nationwide theatrical release of all but one of the 16 titles on the roster.

The marathon has the dual objective of sparking interest in the forthcoming releases and beefing up Fantasporto's national presence.

It also forms part of the festival's year-long celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary edition which will take place in March 2004, and which will encompass sponsored screenings in other cities across Portugal as well.

The titles, including many recent Fantasporto award-winners, are:

David R Ellis' Final Destination 2
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intacto
Michael Cuesta's L.I.E.
Mark Herman's Purely Belter
David Twohy's Below
Michael J. Bassett's Deathwatch
Miguel Bardem's The Ugliest Woman In The World
Ji Woo Chung's Happy End
Brian Gilbert's The Gathering
Steven Shainberg's Secretary
Kim Ki-Duk's Coast Guard
Lou Ye's Suzhou River
Lee Si-Myung's 2009 Lost Memories
Takashi Miike's Audition
Alvaro Fernandez Armero's The Art Of Dying (El Arte De Morir)
and the one previously-released title, Julien Temple's The Filth And The Fury