Until this decade, Sitges served as a launchpad for U.S. horror fare. Now Hollywood’s discovering Spanish horror. Many early local discoveries, and some pics yet to be discovered, are showcased this year:
Movie highlights :
- “The Orphanage”
Godfathered by Guillermo del Toro, this lushly lensed tale of motherhood and regression serves as the fest opener. A Picturehouse pickup for the U.S.
- “The King of the Hill”
A Toronto TWC U.S. pickup, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s stylishly shot tale recalls “Deliverance.”
- “Time Crimes”
Unusual rural sci-fi-cum-romancer from Oscar-nominated Nacho Vigalondo (“At 7.35 in the Morning”).
Latest from Filmax Animation: Delicately drawn nighttime tale that addresses children’s fear of the dark.
A Screen Gems English-language remake project. Sitges screens the original, a straight-down-the line handheld-lensed zombie yarn from Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza.
- “The Just”
Latest from the Filmax-Lemon Barcelona-Mexico alliance that yielded “KM31,” a contempo apocalyptic thriller from Manuel Carballo.
- “Fermat’s Room”
World preem of “Cube”-ish mathematician thriller.
- “WAZ,” Tom Shankland
- “1408,” Michael Hafstrom
- “Zoo,” Robinson Devor
- “Tekkonkinkreet,” Michael Arias
- “Eye in the Sky,” Yau Nai-hoi
Oct. 4-5: Catalan Films & TV organizes European Regional Film Co-production Meetings and a Talent Campus, attended by film board execs, producers, new directors and financiers from Cine Regio’s 28 member regions.
Oct. 5: Party hosted by Catalan Films & TV
Oct. 6: Party hosted by Notro
Oct. 6: George A. Romero receives a Sitges Time Machine award.
Oct. 6: Visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull delivers a master class.
Oct. 10: Marking “Blade Runner’s” 25th anni, designer Syd Mead will deliver a master class.
Oct. 12: A “Grindhouse” double bill of “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof,” along with trailers and an appearance by stuntwoman-star Zoe Bell.
Oct. 12: Senator Intl. hosts its bash.