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FESTIVALS Spain

Sitges, capital of fantasy film

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The 43rd Sitges International Fantasy Film Festival will run from October 7-17. There are over 60 films in Official Selection in four sections – International Competition, Panorama Competition, Panorama Specials and Galas.

This is the most important European event dedicated to genre films, which have brought immense success for Spanish cinema in recent years. This is because they serve as a vehicle for crossing borders, lend themselves brilliantly to the creation of new visual styles, and have enabled the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers.

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Every year, Sitges presents a selection of the strongest Spanish productions for the autumn and winter season. This edition will be no exception, as it will open with a screening of Gillem Morales’s second feature Julia’s Eyes (see news), the latest collaboration between Guillermo del Toro and production company Rodar y Rodar (after The Orphanage [+see also:
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).

Also in the line-up is Paco Cabezas’s Neon Flesh, produced by Juan Gordon (Cell 211 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile
]
, Even the Rain [+see also:
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interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile
]
– see interview) for Morena Films and Álvaro Alonso (Producer on the Move 2010 – see interview) for Jaleo Films.

The remaining Spanish titles in the programme are Eugenio Mira’s Agnosia (see news); Miguel Ángel Vivas’s Kidnapped (see news); Manuel Carballo’s The Possession of Emma Evans (see news), fresh from Filmax (who produced the Rec [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
interview: Julio Fernández
film profile
]
saga and Mientras Duermes); José Luis Alemán’s La Sombra Prohibida (“The Forbidden Shadow”); Román Parrado’s 14 Days with Victor; Fernando Barreda Luna’s Mexican co-production Atrocious; and Christian Molina’s French co-production I Want to Be a Soldier.

Although Europe doesn’t make as many genre films as other territories like Asia and the United States, Sitges will show a large number of European productions, from a wide variety of countries, including the United Kingdom (Gareth Edwards’s Monsters [+see also:
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]
– see news), Turkey (Reha Erdem’s Kosmos [+see also:
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trailer
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]
– see news), Germany (Christopher Smith’s Black Death [+see also:
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film profile
]
; Anno Saul’s The Door [+see also:
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film profile
]
), France (Red Nights by Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud; Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber [+see also:
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]
; Yann Gozlan’s Caged; Romain Gavras’s Our Day Will Come [+see also:
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) and Scandinavia (Daniel Espinosa’s Swedish film Easy Money [+see also:
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; Jalmari Helander’s Finnish title Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jalmari Helander
film profile
]
).

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(Translated from Spanish)

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