Sitges 2015 starts making our mouths water
by Alfonso Rivera
- The tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn and the first titles to be announced for the upcoming edition are enough to whet the appetite of the hungriest aficionado of the fantastic genre
Between 9 and 18 October, the 48th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival will be sure to draw each and every cinephage who revels in the most awe-inspiring and bloody facet of the seventh art to the city of Sitges, near Barcelona: a select programme will have the task of quenching their thirst, as its director, Ángel Sala, made perfectly clear this morning as he unveiled the names of the first few films in this year’s selection. These attractions will be enhanced by the Màquina del Temps 2015 honorary award that will be handed over to Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn.
And so, standing out among the world premieres set to take place at Sitges 2015 are: Vulcania [+see also:
film profile] by José Skaf (read the news), a film about a social dystopia produced by Zentropa Spain, and starring Miquel Fernández and the always unsettling Aura Garrido; the irreverent, demented chronicle Sacramento by (until now) documentary maker Carlos Cañete; Segon origen by Carles Porta, an apocalyptic fable toplined by British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood; El cadáver de Anna Fritz [+see also:
film profile] by Héctor Hernández Vicens, which was presented at the most recent SXSW Film Festival; and Summer Camp [+see also:
film profile] (read the news), the feature debut by screenwriter Alberto Marini, produced by Filmax and backed by Jaume Balagueró.
The latest trends and fashions in the genre – on a global scale – and the work of up-and-coming filmmakers, which will rub shoulders with that of seasoned directors, will be reflected in the various sections of the gathering, which will welcome such eagerly awaited titles as Victoria [+see also:
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile] by Sebatian Schipper, a huge hit at Berlin, starring Catalan actress Laia Costa (whose fine work was rewarded with a Lola – read the news); The Brand New Testament [+see also:
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile], the irreverent return of Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael; Partisan by Ariel Kleiman, featuring a graceful performance by Vincent Cassel; and the western Slow West [+see also:
interview: John Maclean
film profile] by John McLean, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role.
The complete list of the Sitges 2015 titles announced today can be viewed on the festival’s website.
(Translated from Spanish)
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