Sitges program highlights and events

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”).

  • “Nocturna”

Latest from Filmax Animation: Delicately drawn nighttime tale that addresses children’s fear of the dark.

  • “REC”

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.

In competition:

  • “WAZ,” Tom Shankland

  • “1408,” Michael Hafstrom

  • “Zoo,” Robinson Devor

  • “Tekkonkinkreet,” Michael Arias

  • “Eye in the Sky,” Yau Nai-hoi

EVENTS

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.

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