The widely acclaimed 'The Witch' and Nicolas Winding Refn are the stars at Sitges 2015 day one
The presentation of the short ‘Consumo responsable (Nivel 7)’, directed by Santiago Segura and produced by Gas Natural Fenosa, completes the 48th Film Festival Opening Gala
The long awaited production The Witch, the main feature at the Opening Gala of the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, along with the presentation of the Time Machine Award to Nicolas Winding Refn, headed up the spectacular day one of Sitges 2015. The screening was completed with the presentation of the short Consumo responsable (Nivel 7), directed by Santiago Segura, as a part of the Gas Natural Fenosa’s Cinergia project and the free open air screening of the first season of Twin Peaks at the Movistar+ Zone, among other things.
The horror movie The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers, officially opened the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. The film, that combines witchcraft, superstitions and paranormal phenomena, was presented at a press conference in the Llevant Room at the Hotel Melià and attended by its director, Robert Eggers, and the actress Anya Taylor-Joy. Eggers explained that his film is intentionally ambiguous. “Ambiguity is really important to me, because it’s also present in real life”, he stated. Eggers also said he was a big fan of fairytales, “especially the ones that don’t have a predefined moral” and he believes that “family drama is the most interesting of all, as proven by Shakespeare’s works like Hamlet or King Lear”. In addition, the young actress Anya Taylor-Joy said that she really enjoyed filming it, that it was her first role as an actress and that “she loves how the movie ends”.
Before the screening of The Witch, the Auditori dedicated a big round of applause to the revered Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who received the Time Machine Award in recognition of his brilliant career. In addition, Sitges 2015 is also hosting an exhibition of posters selected by the filmmaker and that are a part of the book The Act of Seeing, which he will present tomorrow along with its author, the critic and filmmaker Alan Jones. Also before the presentation of The Witch, those attending had the chance to see the short Consumo reponsable (Nivel 7), directed by Santiago Segura. The short, produced by Gas Natural Fenosa –official Festival sponsor–, is a part of the Cinergia project, an initiative to spread energy efficiency through cinema. At the press conference, Santiago Segura, accompanied by Jordi García Tabernero, director Communication and the Presidential Cabinet for Gas Natural Fenosa and Ángel Sala, Director of the Festival, explained, with his usual humor, that he was very excited about coming to Sitges as well as about being commissioned to “make a short that was humorous and contained a clear message about saving energy”.
At the same time, the Movistar+ Zone hosted an intense marathon, open to all, of the first season of the legendary series by David Lynch, Twin Peaks, that delighted the audience that went down to the La Fragata area. It was the opening of the Serial Sitges section, which fills the Festival’s lineup with the most outstanding genre series.
The repercussion generated by the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia also paved the way for the two radio programs with the most listeners in Catalonia to stop in at the Festival, El món a RAC1, conducted by Jordi Basté and El matí de Catalunya Ràdio, presented by Mònica Terribas.
The crew of La novia, headed by director Paula Ortiz and actress Leticia Dolera, appeared on the red carpet at the Cinema Prado today and, afterwards, presented moviegoers this imaginary movie, an excellent adaptation of Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca, that will be opening the Noves Visions One section.
PHOTO 1: Nicolas Winding Refn PHOTO 2: Santiago Segura PHOTO 3: Robert Eggers and Anya Taylor-Joy