The International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which is held annually in Sitges, has announced new features for its next edition, which will take place in October under the neon lights tribute to the movie Tron.
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The main one is the decision to grant the British filmmaker Edgar Wright, perpetrator of the zombie trilogy nicknamed “The Bugler” and starring actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Zombie Party, fatal weapon Y Welcome to the end of the worldthe Time Machine award, a recognition that began in 1992 with Sam Raimi and last year went to director Neill Blomkamp.
Edgar Wright additionally co-wrote, produced and directed Scott Pilgrim vs. the worlddirected the fast-paced crime action film with music as an essential element of its rhythm, BabyDriverand has recently released his latest works to the screens: Last night in Soho and the documentary The Sparks Brothers, that coexisted at the box office.
Genre film director Neil Marshall will also receive the same recognition at the 55th edition of the festival. The signer of Dog Soldiersone of the most popular British horror films o The Descenthas now focused his career on television, directing episodes of Game of Thrones, Hannibal Y Westworld or the pilots Black Sails, Constantine Y timeless. In 2018, he directed Lost in Space for Netflix and in 2021 it premiered The Reckoning. Sitges will premiere The Laira return to the origins about a pilot who has to survive inside a bunker where biological weapons are hidden.
Carlota Pereda will lead her rural horror debut little pig to the screens of the Catalan festival and Rodrigo Sorogoyen as bestas, after passing through Cannes. will also premiere Iratiby Paul Urkijo, fantasy mythology set in medieval Euskadi; Oldhorror film directed by Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez (The passenger), recently screened at Fantasia in Montreal; amazing eliza is the new film by Sadrac González (Black Hollow Cage), a thriller fantastic starring Asier Etxeandia, and the feature film debut of Luis Tinoco, The Antares Paradoxwill also be seen in Sitges in premiere European.
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The festival announces that Goran Stolevski’s debut folk-horror film, You Won’t Be Aloneset in an isolated mountain village in 19th-century Macedonia. After-Yang, Kogonada’s futuristic science fiction film with Colin Farrell about a post-human world. The thriller psychological resurrection, directed by Andrew Semans and played by Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. Low budget science fiction with Something in the Dirt by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead. The post-apocalyptic future in the Belgian dystopia Vesper, by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper; and also Belgian megalomaniacghostly and gore film directed by Karim Ouelhaj, winner of Fantasia 2022.
Terror will be present in the British Eny’s Menby Mark Jenkin, in The Towerby Guillaume Nicloux, and in the social terror of Speak No Evilwhere director Christian Tafdrup delivers a generous amount of sadism and cruelty.
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One of the contest’s regulars, the Japanese Takashi Miike, will close the trilogy The Mole Song with The Mole Song Final, a wacky comedy about an undercover cop who becomes a yakuza. From South Korea, the thriller Emergency Declaration, directed by Han Jae-rim, where a commercial plane is forced to make an emergency landing. And from Taiwan, Huang proposes with Demigod: The Legend Begins a fantastic martial arts film
In the field of animation, the Anima’t section announces its opening film, which will be oinkdirected by Mascha Halberstad in stop-motion about a nine-year-old girl who receives a little pig as a gift from her grandfather. the french Princess Dragon, by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis, about a girl raised by dragons who will live a journey of discovery. From Colombia she will arrive the other wayby Diego Felipe Guzmán, a satirical story for adults that questions the habits of the world we live in.
In the field of documentaries, the title that Sitges Documenta will open will be Lynch/Ozby Alexandre O. Philippe, exploring David Lynch’s obsession with Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. Mad in Belgium is a journey through the strange nature of a certain Belgian cinema that has stood out for its risk and eccentricity. and the documentary jurassic-punkby Scott Leberecht, about computer animation pioneer Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams.
The festival is committed to giving Boris Karloff his place on the throne of a horror film legend, screening the documentary Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monsterby Thomas Hamilton.
French actress Brigitte Lahaie will receive this year’s Nosferatu Award. Parallel to her work in pornographic cinema, Lahaie participated in genre films by Jean Rollin, such as fascination Y The Grapes of Deathand Jess Franco, as predators of the night. Later, she also developed small roles in Henry & Juneby Philip Kaufman, or more recently in Calvaryby Fabrice du Welz.
All these novelties are added to those already announced in June in relation to the Official Section. Predominantly European films that bring different perspectives to the fantastic from well-known directors who are regulars in Sitges, such as Dario Argento, Quentin Dupieux or Peter Strickland, along with names that stand out such as Hanna Bergholm or Léa Mysius. The premiere in Spain of the Galician director Alberto Vázquez, winner of three Goya awards, with his Unicorn Wars, a French co-production anti-war animated feature film that has recently competed in the official section of the Annecy festival. EITHER Coupez!the opening film at Cannes 2022, a remake directed by Michel Hazanavicius