You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sitges slots foreign, local fantasies

'Breaking News,' 'Three Extremes,' 'Arsene Lupin' on sked

This article was updated at 4:12 p.m.

MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials.

Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao Miyazaki’s vibrant “Howl’s Moving Castle”; and “Three Extremes,” from Japan’s Takashi Miike, South Korea’s Park Chan-wook and Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan.

Asian fare is balanced, however, by recent European fantasy films. Some are high profile, such as Jean-Paul Salome’s “Arsene Lupin” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Birth.” Others are less well-known including John Simpson’s psycho-thriller “Freeze Frame”; first-timer Robin Campillo’s resurrected-dead drama “They Came Back”; and Jeff Renfroe and Marteinn Thorsson’s futuristic thriller “One Point O,” about a stressed-out computer programmer.

Running Dec. 2-11 in the capital of Catalonia, a half-hour’s drive south of Barcelona, Sitges also bows a sidebar, Imaginary Europe.

The fest is ramping up its traditional spread of productions from Catalonia. This year’s Audiovisual Catala showcase includes a clutch of docs on local painter Salvador Dali; two new TV movies; and seven features, including preems of Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes’ “Entre vivir y sonar” and “Sevigne,” from U.S. indie auteur Marta Bellatbo-Coll.

Film export board Catalan Films & TV will launch a sales office and video library at Sitges, allowing acquisition execs to sample the cream of recent productions.

More Film

  • France Selects 'Memoir of War' as

    France Selects 'Memoir of War' as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidate

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • The House With A Clock In

    Box Office: 'House With a Clock in Its Walls' Ticking to $20 Million-Plus as 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Falters

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • Todd Haynes

    Todd Haynes to Direct Drama 'Dry Run' (EXCLUSIVE)

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • Jakob Dylan2018 Film Festival Opening Night

    LA Film Festival: Jakob Dylan Talks Music Documentary 'Echo in the Canyon'

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • Joaquin Phoenix Joker

    See Joaquin Phoenix in Joker Makeup

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • The Eternals Chloe Zhao

    Marvel's 'The Eternals' Taps 'The Rider' Director Chloe Zhao

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

  • Johnny Galecki First Time in Variety

    Johnny Galecki on Working With Harriet Nelson, Dick Butkus, Chevy Chase as a Child Actor

    This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. MADRID — The 37th Sitges Intl. Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain’s second-largest film event, is beefing up its Euro and local Catalan credentials. Unveiled Wednesday, this year’s official fantasy film competition boasts seven Asian titles including Johnnie To’s caustic media stakeout drama “Breaking News”; Japanese toon maestro Hayao […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content