Sitges welcomes Eli Roth and Elijah Wood and recovers historical memory with 'Insensibles'
The Festival begins its first week with the visit of two fantastic film heavyweights. Eli Roth, director, producer and actor presents Aftershock, a movie by Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López starring, written and produced by Roth, set during the earthquake that Chile suffered in February 2010. López, committed to a film full of blood and horror, said: “There is nothing worse than mother nature being a killer”. Roth, the director of Hostel, wanted to highlight the fat that the European premiere of Aftershock in Sitges “is a dream come true”.
Elijah Wood arrives at the Festival starring in Maniac, where he plays a lonely, dark individual. The film, directed by Franck Khalfoun, is an Alexandre Aja, Thomas Langmann and William Lustig co-production, a remake of one of the most violent 1980’s slashers. Lustig, director of the Maniac Cop saga, will be receiving the Time Machine Award for his life achievement. This Saturday morning, the protagonists were the fans of the Twilight saga, and today they were able to see an exclusive with a few minutes of unreleased material from Breaking Dawn – Part 2, after some even spent the entire night waiting in line around the Auditori. Chaske Spencer, one of the film’s actors, signed autographs and attended his followers.
Cinema made in Spain is the indisputable protagonist tonight with Insensibles, Juan Carlos Medina’s movie halfway between the Civil War, postwar and present day with a clear intention of recovering the historical memory of our collective past. As explained by Medina, “there are still many taboos in our imaginary that cause us nightmares, secrets that contaminate our destiny; sometimes the truth can be more important than life itself”. Àlex Brendemühl explained: “My character caused such an impression on me that I didn’t know if I could do it”. Magnificent night tonight at the Auditori.
Today is also a day for important awards. Catalan actress Teresa Gimpera, the emblematic face of 1970’s Spanish fantastic cinema, will receive the Brigadoon Nosferatu Award, an honorary life achievement award. And the Prado movie theater is screening the widely acclaimed documentary Room 237, that delves deeply into the secrets and myths surrounding a horror classic, Kubrick’s The Shining.
Photo 1: Eli Roth, Natasha Yarovenko and Nicolás López
Photo 2: Evento Twilight
Photo 3: Franck Khalfoun
Photo 4: Àlex Brendemühl, Juan Carlos Medina and Tómas Lemarquis