Films from Sitges travel to the Malaga Film Festival
The two film competitions, respectively, shared their 50th and 20th anniversaries
Fantastic genre carved out a place for itself in the lineup of the 20th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, in the Focus Sitges section. This initiative joins the list of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
Sitges and Malaga celebrated their respective anniversaries together with the screening of two films from last year’s Festival, the Spanish El Ataúd de Cristal and the Mexican 1974. The first, a coproduction between Basque Films and the Catalan production company Life & Pictures, was presented by its director, Haritz Zubillaga, co-writer Aitor Eneriz and the female lead Paola Bontempi. This film by Zubillaga –referred to by Variety magazine as one of the talents to keep an eye on in Spanish cinema– follows a sole character in a claustrophobic scenario over a single night. The film 1974, directed by Victor Dryere, winner of the Blood Window section at Sitges 2016 and recently screened at Sitges’ presentation at the CAA in Los Angeles, explains a couple’s disappearance of in found footage format.
In addition, the Malaga Film Festival also screened the documentary Herederos de la Bestia, also presented at last year’s Sitges. Directed by Diego López and David Pizarro, it is recognition of Álex de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast, as a benchmark movie in Spanish fantastic.
The two festivals also exchanged gifts in acknowledgement. Malaga presented Sitges with a commemorative plaque for Sitges’ 50th anniversary, and Sitges offered an honorary Maria award in recognition of the Malaga Festival’s 20 years of history. The exchange was made last Tuesday, during an event at the Episcopal Palace where Sitges’ role in the history of festivals was highlighted.