Cinema from the Sitges Film Festival captivates theaters and the general public
Almost forty films from last year’s Festival have premiered commercially in movies theaters
In times of crisis for movies theaters, the fantastic genre is holding out, becoming the lord and master of box offices. Moviegoers want to experience intense emotions and only a movie screen can guarantee that this experience will be completely satisfactory. The success of Jurassic World seems paradigmatic in this sense.
This is why so many of the films programmed in Sitges manage to reach movie theaters and enjoy their own commercial trajectory. A fact that shows, on the one hand, the interest that the Festival’s selection arouses among distributors and, on the other, the general public’s excellent reception of genre. And this is precisely what has happened with a long list of films programmed at Sitges 2014.
[REC 4], directed by Jaume Balagueró, the film that opened Sitges 2014, has become a great international hit –especially in France– following its premiere in Spain. Another Spanish film that has enjoyed an excellent international trajectory is Magical Girl, directed by Carlos Vermut, which arrived in Sitges after having won the Golden Shell Award in San Sebastian, and was programmed in the Sitges Reloaded category at the Udine Festival (Italy). Another outstanding movie from this group is Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales), the film directed by Argentinean Damián Szifron, and that was nominated for best foreign language film at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Over the past months, quite a few films that were award winners at Sitges 2014 have also found their place among box office listings. That’s the case with I Origins, directed by Mike Cahill, the fabulous winner of last year´s Festival. Also premiering were The Babadook (special jury award winner and joint winner for best actress for Essie Davis), Maps to the Stars (joint winner for best actress for Julianne Moore), Cold in July (Official Fantàstic Òrbita selection award winner for best director going to Jim Mickle), The Signal (best special effects), Pos eso (special mention), ’71 (Official Fantàstic Òrbita selection special mention), When Animals Dream (Citizen Kane award special mention)and this July will be the turn for What we do in the Shadows (Grand Audience Award).
Other outstanding films from the 47th edition of the Festival have also hit movie theaters between October and now. That’s the case with Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film, the daring (and 3D) Adieu au langage that, in addition, was a surprising hit in the United States. The Korean Princesa, directed by Lee Su-jin, besides premiering has also won multiple awards around the world, and two of the films that have been welcomed lately with the highest expectations on behalf of indie horror fans are It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell, and The Guest, by Adam Wingard.
This long list of films that have premiered is, undoubtedly, one of the most important driving forces for the Festival, which has strengthened its position even more and the number one in the world in its genre. And there are seventeen more films added to this list: La distancia, Annabelle, How I Live Now, The Boxtrolls, Filth, Musarañas, Automata, Tusk, Oculus, The Target, Lawless, Zombeavers, Seinto Selya: Legend of Sanctuary, Hard to be a God, Convict, Minuscule: Valley of Lost Ants and Li’l Quinquin.
Finally, it is important to mention that two film that, despite not having found distribution at local Spanish theaters yet, are both outstanding. These are Alleluia, Fabrice du Welz’s film that was the winner of the 2014 Méliès d’Or Award and was also screened in the Sitges Reloaded category in Udine, and I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, by Guy Pigden, screened in Brigadoon, that will be programmed at the Sitges American Tour this upcoming October, along with The Incident directed by Isaac Ezban,plus other movies still to be confirmed.
PHOTO 1: The Babadook PHOTO 2: The Guest PHOTO 3: Pos eso