Sitges 2015 pays tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn and premieres Eli Roth's latest film
Time Machine Award goes to the evocative director Nicolas Winding Refn and premiere of Eli Roth´s latest film. Although Sitges 2015 is still seven months away, the Festival has already begun to structure its framework. One of the movies that will be a part of Sitges 2015’s lineup is Knock Knock, the movie directed and produced by a duo of good friends of the Festival: Eli Roth and Nicolás López. Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo in a thriller where two young women invade a married man’s home to make his perfect life a living hell. Following Aftershock and The Green Inferno, Roth and López will be repeating their attendance in Sitges. At last year’s Festival, The Stranger, a film produced by Nicolás López, was the first winner of the Blood Window Latin American film label.
Once again Sitges will be spotlighting cinema produced in Catalonia, with the controversial and disturbing The Corpse of Anna Fritz, by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, which participated in the prestigious North American SXSW Festival in Austin (Texas, USA) and that will also be a part of Sitges 2015’s Official Fantàstic Selection. A famous, young actress turns up dead in her hotel room. Three young men manage to sneak into the morgue to see her naked and, fascinated by her beauty, they fantasize with the idea of having sex with her for the last time. A story starring Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell and Albert Carbó.
Time Machine Award goes to Nicolas Winding Refn
The 48th edition of the Film Festival will be acknowledging the lifetime achievement of Danish director, screenwriter and producer Nicolas Winding Refn with a Time Machine Award. The director of Only God Forgives, Drive or Valhalla Rising –all films screened at the Festival in 2013, 2011 and 2009, respectively–is one of the main innovators in European and international cinema, a creator of disquieting, violence-packed stories with a very personal visual style and soundtracks that never go unnoticed. Winding Refn will be visiting Sitges 2015 to receive this award and to present the book about his career, The Act of Seeing, written by himself and prestigious British film critic Alan Jones.
The framework for Sitges 2015 is ready to go, and once again it will be strengthening its status as a genre festival open to all dimensions manifested within fantasy. The Official Fantàstic Selection has been limited to: In Competition, Out of Competition and Special Screenings. Like this, Panorama and Òrbita now become independent categories and the second will be reinforcing its lineup with high-voltage thrillers. On the other hand, the Anima’t category will also be strengthening its animated film options. The Focus Àsia (Asian cinema) and Blood Window (Latin American genre cinema) will become cross-sectional labels, as their movies will be divided up among different categories.
Support for the 48th edition
The Festival wishes to express its thanks for the commitment of all the organizations and companies that have already confirmed their collaboration: Gas Natural Fenosa (Main Sponsor), Moritz and Torres (Sponsors), Meliá Sitges (Sponsor and Official Headquarters), Movistar TV (Multimedia Partner), Deluxe (Collaborator), TV3 (Official TV), Autolica - Mercedes Benz (Official Vehicle), Bacardí (Official Cocktail) and Montibello (Official Hair and Beauty partner).
Sitges 2015 also receives the support of the Sitges Town Hall, The Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises at the Catalonian Generalitat’s Department of Culture, as well as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports’ Institute of Filmmaking and Audiovisual Arts, The Barcelona City Hall and Carnet Jove - Department of Welfare and Family.