The violence in 'Green Room' and the romantic porn in 'Love' join the Sitges 2015 lineup
This year will be marked by diversity, and will also be welcoming the supernatural horror of ‘We Are Still Here’ and the latest Asian cinema
The 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia continues to add new titles to its lineup. Yesterday, Festival Director Àngel Sala announced some of the new additions to Sitges 2015 in a conversation held with the audience at the Fàbrica Moritz Brewery in Barcelona. The eagerly awaited Green Room, by Jeremy Saulnier, and Love, by Gaspar Noé, will be at Sitges 2015.
Blue Ruin's director, Jeremy Saulnier, made an impact in Cannes with Green Room, a bloody battle between a punk band and one of skinheads. An ultraviolence American independent film starring Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart.
Following his transgressive Irreversible and Enter the Void, Gaspar Noé, an Argentinean director residing in France, closes the trilogy with Love, a 3D experiment in pornographic romanticism that also sparked controversy in Cannes. The film maintains the claustrophobic environments from his previous films, but venturing into the area of melodrama with the story of a love triangle full of flashbacks, drugs, music and fluids.
The Festival lineup couldn’t go without a subgenre with tons of always-faithful followers: haunted house horror. At Sitges 2015 they’ll have a blast with We Are Still Here, Ted Geoghegan’s debut feature film, starring the legendary Barbara Crampton (Body Double, Re-Animator, The Lords of Salem, among others).
At a 48th edition that will be paying special attention to Japan, three productions have been added to the other previously announced new proposals from Takashi Miike (Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld), Sion Sono (Love & Peace) or the two parts of Attack on Titan. We’re referring to the animated version of the last two; Parasyte, the adaptation of the manga by the same name by Hitoshi Iwaaki, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, that will also be seen in two parts, and The Ninja War of Torakage, the return of director Yoshihiro Nishimura, that veers away from the gore of previous films like Tokyo Gore Police or Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl.
Still not moving from Asia, the Festival also announced Tsui Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain, a war-themed coproduction between China and Hong Kong, and SPL 2: A Time for Consequences, directed by Pou-Soi Cheang out of Hong Kong.
Sitges 2015 –focusing on the tribute to David Fincher’s Seven on the 20th anniversary of its premiere– has already announced one of its award winners: director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will receive the Time Machine Award. Included among the most eagerly awaited films that will be filling out the lineup are Victoria, by Sebastian Schipper; the latest made in Blumhouse production, The Gift; Elijah Wood’s zombie kids in Cooties, or the most dramatic Schwarzenegger in Maggie. As for Catalan productions, the Festival will be presenting Segon Origen, by Carles Porta; The Corpse of Anna Fritz, by Hèctor Hernández Vicens; Vulcania, by José Skaf; Summer Camp, by Alberto Marini and Sacramento, by Carlos Cañeque.
Passes and accreditation
Sitges 2015 pass sales start today, 17 July. In addition to the normal passes, the main new features this year are the Retiro VIP Seat Pass and the theme packs by categories: Fantàstic Pack, Anima’t Pack and Noves Visions Pack.
The application period for press accreditation will be opening on Monday, 20 July.