Monday, September 27

From Ari Folman to Julia Ducournau: the most awarded fantastic cinema can be seen in Sitges 2021

The International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia completes its program for the 54th edition with the announcement of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2021: Titaneby Julia Ducournau. A title that joins the already announced opening film, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moonby filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour. It will be the first time that the festival opens with a film directed by a woman.

Ducournau was already at this festival with his previous film, Crude, which was recognized with three awards of the contest. His new proposal talks about the reunion of a father with his daughter who disappeared ten years ago, after a series of unexplained crimes. It stars Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh and Bertrand Bonello, and is one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Ana Lily Amirpour was also with A girl comes home alone at night and The Bad Batch, and this time presents a movie starring Jeon Jong-seo, in the role of a young woman with strange abilities who escapes from a center for the mentally ill.


The Festival, which will take place from October 7 to 17, will also host the world premiere of Venicephrenia, the last film by the Spanish Álex de la Iglesia, with which he inaugurates the seal The Fear Collection, an initiative that aims to give voice to genre directors to produce original feature films and which will also have its official presentation in Sitges. On VenicephreniaÁlex de la Iglesia has Armando de Razza, Ingrid García Jonsson and Silvia Alonso in the cast, who fight to save their lives in a disturbing Venice.

Ari Folman, Tommy Wirkola or Ben Wheatley complete the roster

The latest film by Ari Folman, award-winning author of Waltz with Bashir and The Congress, will present his new film, the animated adaptation Where is Anna Frank?, which reinterprets the legacy of one of the most influential texts in history. The filmmaker Bean Wheatly, responsible for films such as High-Rise or Free fire, which will present In the earth, shot in the middle of the Covid crisis.

The Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, author of the films of Nazi zombies, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Seven sisters, return to Sitges with The Trip. A black comedy about Lars and Lisa (Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie), a married couple in crisis who decide to escape one weekend to a cabin in the woods and look for an opportunity to start from scratch.


You will also be able to see different thematic bifurcations and sources of expression of the fantasy and horror genre. Thus, there will be new forms and mythologies derived from the popular and from folk roots (The Medium, Luzifer, And they all will burn) or visions of the maternal as nightmare (Are, Lamb, The moor) while the invocation of the past or the everyday will cause the decomposition of the family or intimate circle (Violation, She will, Inexorable, Coming Home in the Dark, Silent night, Nitram, The grandmother, Three, Visitor).

The fantastic will also opt for the almost avant-garde representation (the dream worlds of The blazing world, Mad god, Prisoners of the Ghostland or After blue) even based on the language of an animation that serves the future (Belle) as it interprets the horrors of the past in a contemporary key () or using contemporary languages ​​of representation as invokers of horror (Censor, Demonic). And there will be no lack of reflection in the key of a fantastic militant and fascinating on a past revisited from the imaginary (Freaks out, Last Night in Soho), or the future from the creative dystopia (Tides) or realistic (Limbo).

Animation and classics

In the parallel section Anima’t, you will be able to see from the spirit of Ralph Bakshi’s heavy metal in The Spine of the Night, geographic diversity (Esluna: The Crown of Babylon, Bob Cuspe: Nós Nâo Gostamos de Gente, Welcome to Siegheilkirchen), the science fiction of Absolute Denial, without forgetting the essential presence of anime (Pompo the Cinephile, Poupelle of Chimney Town, The Deer King) and the recovery of a Japanese piece finally concluded, such as the delirious Junk head.

In Sitges Classics, the retrospective called “The inner beast”, which illustrates the Festival’s leitmotif, will feature recoveries such as Argentina Nazareno Cruz and the wolf or The bete, Borowzyck’s masterpiece, as well as classics of Spanish fantastic cinema as diverse as The wolf forest, by Pedro Olea, or Return of the werewolfby Jacinto Molina, including classics like The Howlingby Joe Dante, and the decisive An American Werewolf in Londonby John Landis.

You can also see the necessary rescue of one of the great masterpieces of Spanish cinema, The strange journey, Sitges’s contribution to the centenary of Fernando Fernán Gómez, a man of total cinema whose imaginary vocation has yet to be discovered. And the tribute to the quarter century of The Day of the Beast, on a restored 4K copy.



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