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The [REC] saga will draw to a close in Sitges

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- [REC]4 Apocalypse, by Jaume Balagueró, the final instalment in the popular horror saga, will be the opening film at the 47th edition of the Sitges Film Festival

The [REC] saga will draw to a close in Sitges
[REC]4 Apocalypse by Jaume Balagueró

The final instalment of Spain's most popular horror saga – both within the country and abroad – [REC]4 Apocalypse [+see also:
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, directed by Jaume Balagueró, will have the honour of opening the 47th edition of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, which is to be held from 3-12 October in the coastal Catalan town. This is hardly surprising, bearing in mind the strong relationship that the competition has with genre productions made in Catalonia in general – and with this saga in particular – but it will without doubt become an obligatory rendez-vous for any self-respecting fan of this gory genre. 

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This production by the unstoppable Julio Fernández for Filmax, which sees the participation of TVE, Canal+ and the collaboration of TV3, is currently at the post-production stage. The fourth instalment of the saga kicks off at the point where Ángela Vidal (played once again by Manuela Velasco), the only survivor of the horrific infection, is evacuated from the building. When the situation finally seems to be under control, chaos prevails once again and the seed of evil takes on new and horrible forms. [REC]4 Apocalypse will provide an answer to all of the outstanding question marks following the previous instalments in the franchise. It is due to be released in theatres on 31 October.

The Catalan competition has made the most of this important announcement in order to provide more details about some of the features of its upcoming edition, which will revolve around the “broad universe of dreams”. According to the organisation’s press release, “This year, Sitges recovers the universe based on oneiric horizons as a source of creative inspiration. Given the dissolution of the limits between the real and virtual worlds, the festival explores the multiple options that fantastic cinema has to offer in this field.”

Together with the traditional sections (including the international competition), this year’s edition will also feature a new section entitled “Blood Window”, developed in cooperation with the fantastic cinema brand created by the Ventana Sur market.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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