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‘Gein’ grabs top kudos at Sitges fest

Event well attended by int'l buyers

SITGES, Spain — Chuck Parello’s sordid psychopath tale “Ed Gein” and topliner Steve Railsback scooped the best film and actor honors in the fantastic fantasy-film competition at the 33rd Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, which ran Oct. 5-14.

Geoffrey Wright won the directing plaudit for “Cherry Falls” and Japan’s Ryoko Hirosuke took the actress nod for her perf in “Himitsu.”

Originally a specialist fantasy film event, Sitges has made a brave, if controversial attempt to become a full-fledged general festival, creating a wide angle section, for all types of films, where Tim Robbins’ “The Cradle will Rock” won the audience award for best film.

Mini-mart debuts

Also added this year was a well-organized, two-day mini-mart, dedicated to pics from the EU and Mediterranean-rim countries. Event was well attended by international buyers stopping over in Sitges after the Mipcom TV trade show in Cannes.

World preeming Brian Yuzna’s “Faust” at Sitges, Filmax revealed a raft of deals on other pics from its English-lingo horror pic franchise the Fantastic Factory, including agreements for the whole of Latin America on Jaume Balaguero’s “The Nameless.” Mexico’s Gussi took four other Factory pics.

Antonio Llorens’ Lauren Films continued its drive into local pic financing, inking a three-year distribution deal with local production shingle Oberon Cinematografica.

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