The Festival offers a Km 0 fantastic genre exhibition 'Summer Camp' and 'La novia'
The 2015Sitges Zombie Walk, the Time Machine Award for Terry Jones and Eli Roth’s latest film will be, among others, the highlights of the day
Summer Camp and La novia, Catalan and Spanish productions respectively, present the best homemade cinema at Sitges 2015. The Sitges Zombie Walk living dead parade, the presentation of the Time Machine Award to director Terry Jones and the latest premieres in the Serial Sitges section are featured in a frenetic Sitges 2015 day 2
The most fascinating works from the fantastic universe continue to fill up the agenda 48the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Today the turn was for local productions like Summer Camp and La novia. Summer Camp, a Catalan-American coproduction, directed by Alberto Marini and produced by Jaume Balagueró, was presented today at Sitges 2015. Alberto Marini stated that “the Festival de Sitges is so easy to love” and that for him “it’s a dream come true to be able to come to the Festival as a director”. Actually, Marini explained that he saw Profondo rosso, by Darío Argento, and wanted to be a horror film director. Jaume Balagueró, on the other hand, reviewed his career at the Festival, remembering that “I first came here as a spectator, then as short film director, feature film director and finally a producer; my next challenge will be as the Festival director”, he joked.
At their press conference, the crew from La novia presented this peculiar and beautiful film adaptation of the classic Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca. The director, Paula Ortiz, who nostalgically recalled that thirteen years ago she presented her first short in the Festival’s Brigadoon section, commented that the original text “is very musical, a very intense sensorial journey” and, at the same time, that Lorca “is visceral, deeply affecting, and inevitably explains what we’re like”. On the other hand, actress Imma Cuesta, who plays the bride, said that in order to portray her character “she had to reach inside to find the most salvage, animal side we all have”.
At 12 noon, the makeup session for the traditional 2015 Sitges Zombie Walk kicked off. The Sant Sebastià Beach witness the long lines of Festival fans who wanted to transform into this year’s living dead. Afterwards, the famous makeup specialist Rick Baker –Time Machine Award winner at this 48th Film Festival–, fired the starting shot after which the hordes of zombies invaded the streets of Sitges.
Today at the Auditori of the Hotel Melià, the member of the legendary group Monty Python, Terry Jones, director of memorable films like The Life of Brian or Monty Python and the Holy Grail received the Time Machine Award, In acknowledgement of his lifetime cinematic achievement.
Today Movistar+ presented its season of TV series, as a part of the Festival’s Serial Sitges. In addition, the Maricel Palace hosted the special Game of Thrones session, screening the impressive Mother’s Mercy episode plus the talk show You Know nothing (about) Jon Snow, a session where those attending could also sit in the Iron Throne. On the other hand, the Tramuntana Room held the premiere of 5 episode (T2) of the fascinating French series Les revenants, attended by actress Yara Pilartz (Camille).
The couple formed by director Eli Roth and screenwriter and producer Nicolás López arrived in Sitges 2015 to present their latest joint work, Knock Knock. Roth and López were very thankful to be in Sitges and commented the movie is inspired by the film Death Game, without deny other references, like Fatal Attraction, Funny Games or Hard Candy. Eli Roth explained that with Knock Knock he wanted to “explore the psychological horror sine a little more and that he reduced the level of blood and guts that are usual for him”.
Day two of Sitges 2015 also hosted the presentation of the book by Nicolas Winding Refn, The Act of Seeing, who thanked the Festival for organizing the event and for the Time Machine Award he received yesterday: “I feel privileged and encouraged for the award you’ve given me ”, he confessed. Winding Refn also made the most of it to Adiós tío Tom, a film screened today at the Prado Cinema and that the Danish director says is a very extreme piece of cinema.
The day continued in Sitges with other activities, like the master class by the mast of animation, Raul García, who received all the attendees attention in his master class in the Tramuntana Room. On the other hand, the Brigadoon section presented Count Dracula’s Great Love, with the attendance of actress Rossana Yanni, who will receive the Festival’s Nosferatu Award.
PHOTO 1: Team of Summer Camp PHOTO 2: Terry Jones PHOTO 3: Team of La novia