Female filmmakers carve out a path in fantastic genre
Sitges 2015 to present a spectacular panorama of female genre cinema
Sitges 2015 will be screening fascinating fantastic and horror film projects directed by female directors and will be witness to filmmaking where the role of the woman becomes especially relevant. If last year films like Good Night Mommy, The Babadook or A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night made a plea for fantastic cinema directed by women, the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will be spotlighting not only female authors, but also examples of genre cinema with a clear feminist underscoring.
The Noves Visions One Section opens with La Novia (Tramuntana, Friday 9:15 and Prado 22:45), the excellent adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, directed by Paula Ortiz, an imaginary and beautiful film that searches for the roots of the myth through image. The same section will be closing with Evolution (Tramuntana, Saturday 17, 17:15 and Prado 23:30), another piece directed by a woman, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, which tells the story of an odyssey with Lovecraftian tones, mellowed by a subtle, dark poetry. In the same section, two other young filmmakers will be presenting their latest works, as in the case of Lisa Takeba with Haruko's Paranormal Laboratory (Prado, Sunday 9, 11:00 and 01:00), a peculiar work from this young Japanese filmmaker –who already visited the Festival last year with the surprising The Pinkie– or Blind Sun (Prado, Friday 9, 18:30 and Saturday 10, 10:45), the feature length debut of Joyce A. Nashawati, a regular filmmaker in the short film circuit until now, who directed this terrifying story of extreme behaviors under a threatening and omnipresent sun.
On the other hand, the Official Fantàstic In Competition Section will be screening The Invitation (Tramuntana, Saturday 10, 21:15, Auditori, Monday 12, 13:30 and Retiro, Friday 16, 10:30), a shocking adult thriller by American filmmaker and screenwriter Karyn Kusama, director of films like Girlfight, Aeon Flux and Jennifer’s Body.
In addition, the Festival will also be paying tribute to Argentinean actress Rossana Yanni, who will receive the Nosferatu Award at this year’s 48th Film Festival. The Brigadoon section will be screening some of the films from her career, like Count Dracula’s Great Love (Brigadoon, Saturday 10, 17:00), by Javier Aguirre or Kiss me Monster (Brigadoon, Tuesday 13, 21:00), by Jesús Franco. Brigadoon’s lineup will also highlight the importance of women in horror movies, with the attendance of Me Me Lai –who will be presenting Eaten Alive! The Rise and Fall of the Italian Cannibal Film–or the premiere of the documentary on Soledad Miranda directed by Pepe Flores and Paco Millán.
This panorama will come to a brilliant end with the film that will be closing Sitges 2015: Into the Forest (Auditori, Saturday 17, 20:15 and Tramuntana, 23:00), by Patricia Rozema, one of the big winners at the recent Toronto Festival and a lucid vision of the apocalypse as seen through women’s eyes.