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SITGES 2023

Grand débarquement européen en compétition à Sitges

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- Au programme, des noms espagnols comme ceux de Paco Plaza, Carlota Pereda, F. Javier Gutiérrez et Aritz Moreno, qui présenteront leurs dernières fantaisies aux côtés d'autres cinéastes du continent

Grand débarquement européen en compétition à Sitges
Hermana muerte de Paco Plaza

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The 56th edition of the Sitges Film Festival kicks off on Thursday 5 October and will continue unspooling until Sunday the 15th, offering a plethora of movies in the fantastical and horror genres. Kicking things off, Valencian helmer Paco Plaza will fire the starting pistol with Sister Death, which could be considered the prequel to his smash hit Verónica [+lire aussi :
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, while the much-loved Nicolas Cage will bring things to a close with the US production Dream Scenario, with a screenplay and direction duties entrusted to Norway’s Kristoffer Borgli (Sick of Myself [+lire aussi :
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).

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Other Spaniards set to pass through the Catalonian city are Bilbao’s Pablo Berger, who will present the Spanish-French co-production Robot Dreams [+lire aussi :
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, an animation that screened at Cannes and Annecy, where it picked up the Award for Best Film in the Contrechamp section; Carlota Pereda (the woman behind Piggy [+lire aussi :
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), who has directed The Chapel [+lire aussi :
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, a supernatural drama starring Belén Rueda; F Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall), who will be present to introduce the dusty, twisted plot of The Wait [+lire aussi :
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; Juan Antonio Bayona, who continues to promote Society of the Snow [+lire aussi :
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, the Spanish candidate for the upcoming Oscars; Daniel Benmayor (Bruc: El desafío [+lire aussi :
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), who will present Awareness, a science-fiction flick co-produced by the USA; and Aritz Moreno (Advantages of Travelling by Train [+lire aussi :
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), who is returning to the festival for the world premiere of Moscas [+lire aussi :
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(Spain/Argentina), an intense thriller starring Ernesto Alterio.

Sitges will also serve as the perfect opportunity to take stock of the rude health of French fantastical film, with titles such as Acide [+lire aussi :
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by Just Philippot, in which Mother Nature exacts her revenge; The Animal Kingdom [+lire aussi :
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by Thomas Cailley, starring Romain Duris and Adèle Exarchopoulos, which unfolds in an equally disconcerting setting; She Is Conann [+lire aussi :
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by Bertrand Mandico, a very loose adaptation of the well-known character; Vermin [+lire aussi :
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, in which Sébastien Vaniček will most likely trigger collective arachnophobia; and Vincent Must Die [+lire aussi :
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, an agonising drama directed with aplomb by Stéphan Castang.

France is also presenting other films in the official section (both in and out of competition): Bitten [+lire aussi :
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interview : Romain de Saint-Blanquat
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by Romain de Saint-Blanquat, a supernatural drama about a girl who is convinced that today is the last day of her life; Salem [+lire aussi :
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by Jean-Bernard Marlin, a thriller set in the slums of Marseille, which uses fantasy as a vehicle for social criticism; and Wake Up by Quebecois trio RKSS (François Simard, Annouk Whissel and Yoann-Karl Whissel), a teen horror interspersed with twisted humour.

The extensive official section is also made up of the Malaysian movie Tiger Stripes [+lire aussi :
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by Amanda Nell Eu, winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the most recent Cannes Film Festival; Omen [+lire aussi :
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, another award winner from this year’s Cannes (having snagged the New Voice Prize in Un Certain Regard), in which Belgian artist Baloji travels back to his roots in the Congo; Club Zero [+lire aussi :
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, the new work by Austria’s Jessica Hausner, one of the most well-established talents in European cinema; The Universal Theory [+lire aussi :
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interview : Timm Kröger
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by Germany’s Timm Kröger, a slick black-and-white thriller with Hitchcockian flourishes; There's Something in the Barn, in which Norway’s Magnus Martens takes a US family to a remote hut in the mountains; White Plastic Sky [+lire aussi :
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interview : Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Sz…
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, the animated flick by Hungary’s Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó, set in a post-apocalyptic Budapest; and Sorcery [+lire aussi :
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by Chile’s Christopher Murray, a story of witchcraft and revenge that whisks us away to the island of Chiloé. Lastly, serving as the centrepiece is Poor Things [+lire aussi :
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interview : Suzy Bemba
Q&A : Yorgos Lanthimos
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, the film of the year, courtesy of Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos, which won the top prize at the most recent Venice Film Festival. Sitges will host the movie’s Spanish premiere.

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