MADRID — Catalan Pau Freixas’ ocean-set thriller “Dark Camera” and Greg Marcks’ “11:14,” starring Hilary Swank and Patrick Swayze, topline the 36th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, which runs Nov. 27-Dec. 7.
One of Europe’s largest fantasy/horror fests and the biggest fest in Spain after San Sebastian, Sitges is continuing to return to its chiller/sci-fi origins after a move in the late ’90s to convert it into a less specialized event.
World preems include animated feature “El Cid: The Legend,” Filmax’s riff on the legendary medieval knight immortalized by Charlton Heston; and Miguel Angel Lamata’s Spanish competish entry zombiefest “Una de zombis.”
The core of this year’s edition is its fantasy film competition, which underscores the kudos won in Europe by Asian horror titles. Nine of the Official Selection’s 24 films hail from Asia.
Standouts look set to be Takashi Miike’s “Gozu” from Japan, Korean Kim Jee-woon’s chiller “A Tale of Two Sisters”; Thai Prachya Pinkaew’s chopsocky Toronto player “Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior”; and Takeshi Kitano’s swordsman pic “Zatoichi.”