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Best of fantasy film hits Sitges

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Best of fantasy film hits Sitges

Two years after the first instalment, the Catalonian town of Sitges lived through another night of horror thanks to [REC]2 [+see also:
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, which yesterday opened the 42nd Catalonia International Fantasy Film Festival (October 1-12).

The film by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza had its world premiere a month ago at the Venice Film Festival (see review) and hits Spanish theatres today. At Sitges, it was the first in a series of over 200 films from more than 30 countries to be shown at the festival.

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The main section, Fantàstic, will present several Spanish productions, including two majority (Gabe Ibáñez’s Hierro [+see also:
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, and Eduard Cortés’ Ingrid), and one minority (the Larrieu brothers’ Happy End [+see also:
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, co-produced by France and Taiwan).

There will also be a rich selection of European films, with numerous productions and co-productions. These include Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s French title The Horde [+see also:
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; Julie Delpy’s The Countess [+see also:
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(France/Germany); Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void [+see also:
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(France/Germany/Italy); and Marina de Van’s Don’t Look Back [+see also:
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(France/Luxembourg/Belgium/Italy).

The line-up also features UK films The Children [+see also:
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by Tom Shankland, Moon [+see also:
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by Duncan Jones, Heartless by Philip Riley, and Dorian Gray [+see also:
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by Oliver Parker; Yorgos Lanthimos’ Greek title Dogtooth [+see also:
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; Jaco Van Dormael’s Belgian film Mr. Nobody [+see also:
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; and Tarik Saleh’s animated Metropia [+see also:
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(Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland).

Other co-productions in the Official Section are Sophie Bartes’ Cold Souls [+see also:
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(US/France); Vincenzo Natali’s Splice (Canada/France); Brillante Mendoza’s The Execution of P (Philippines/France); and Andrew Lancaster’s Accidents Happen (Australia/UK).

The competition jury is composed of UK director Neil Marshall, Finnish writer Toumas Riskala, Catalan critic Jordi Batllé, and US actors John Saxon and Amanda Plummer.

(Translated from Spanish)

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