Six different films that we had the chance to see at last year’s Festival are premiering at local theaters this week. Pieces combining horror, thriller, drama, the zaniest comedy and animation, and their premiere is extremely satisfying for the Festival, which is very pleased when films presented here can finally reach the general public.
The first of these premieres is Maps to the Stars, the latest production from maestro David Cronenberg, a cruel portrayal of the life of Hollywood celebrities. It stars recent Academy Award winner for best actress, Julianne Moore, in one of the most spectacular roles in her entire career, and it also won her awards for best actress in Sitges and Cannes. And she’s accompanied by a long list of famous faces, like Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack or Carrie Fisher. Moreover, also hitting local screen is Oculus, a forceful ghost story from the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity, and directed by a Mike Flanagan skilled at keeping viewers glued to their seats throughout the entire movie. A story of horror and suspense that also had a very successful run at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
Two thrillers are also featured among the new film listings. The Target is the Korean director Chang’s remake of the energetic film Point Blank by French director Fred Cavayé. A retired, elite mercenary’s desperate race to free his kidnapped wife. Another option for this weekend is Lawless, a neo-noir film directed by John Hillcoat (The Road)set in the 30s, the Great Depression era, scripted by musician Nick Cave and boasting an ambitious cast including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman, among others.
The comical, zany, gore note among the new premieres comes thanks toZombeavers that, based on the famous premise “young men and women, weekend getaway, sex and alcohol”, offers an orgy of blood starring the little critters that give the film its name, directed by Jordan Rubin. The title completing this “100% Sitges” premiere Friday is the manga Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, directed by Keiichi Sato. Undoubtedly a nostalgia-packed film that will also captivate the new generations.
These premieres coincide with the kickoff of the Sitges Tour A Contracorriente in Madrid. This tour brings Sitges films around Spain. More information here.