11-10-2015 21:30

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Sitges 2015 pays homage to Oliver Stone with the Grand Honorary Award

Sion Sono was presented with the Time Machine Award, Rossana Yanni received the Nosferatu Award and Simon Yam, the Honorary Maria Award

The renowned North American director Oliver Stone received the Grand Honorary Award today from the 48th Sitges Film Festival at a Day 3 full of other awards and homages to Sion Sono, Rossana Yanni and Simon Yam. The Festival’s audience attended the premiere of the horrifying Turkish film Baskin and the Catalan productions Vulcania and The Corpse of Anna Fritz, among others.

Sitges paid homage today to of the international film industry greats: Oliver Stone. The Festival put out its read carpet to welcome the famous North American director and producer who received, at a multitudinous event at the Auditori, the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Grand Honorary Award. Stone, with three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes under his belt and creator of unforgettable films like Platoon, Wall Street or JFK, shares his experience and knowledge in a jam packed Màster Class in the Tramuntana Room. Through questions from those attending, Stone reviewed different films from his extensive career, like Natural Born Killers, Nixon or World Trade Center, or his latest facet as a documentary director. Stone summed up his way of facing each project he takes on in three words, “vision, imagination and inspiration”.

But Oliver Stone wasn’t the only guest of honor today in Sitges. Japanese Filmmaker Sion Sono was presented with the Time Machine Award, for his prolific and creative life achievement. So it’s not surprising that at this 48th Film Festival, the filmmaker is presenting three different films: Tag, Love & Peace and The Virgin Psychics. In addition, the Hotel Melià’s Auditori was also the stage for then presentation of the Honorary Maria Award to Simon Yam, in recognition of his productive life achievement –having made over 200 films– and the Nosferatu Award to Argentinean actress Rossana Yanni, icon of horror movies in Spain during the decade of the sixties and seventies.

The Festival’s diverse lineup continued today with the premiere of Baskin, a visceral Turkish horror production that proposes a genuine journey to hell and that is an excellent example of the up-and-coming creators of current fantastic genre. The crew of Baskin presented the film at a press conference where its director, Can Evrenol, said that he wanted to “construct a Lovecraft-like tale, a horror story that had a nightmarish format, where folkloric elements from different parts of the world were combined with Turkish culture”. “With a negligible budget, we’ve put a lot of inventiveness and creativity into it to build a very different horror film”, its director said.

Day three of this 48th Film Festival also served to introduce two surprising local productions, Vulcania and The Corpse of Anna Fritz. The considerable crew of Vulcania presented this fantastic thriller in Sitges, where its director, José Skaf, stated that he is “a big admirer of M. Night Shyamalan and that the references to his cinema in Vulcania and, more specifically, The Village are evident” On the other hand, veteran actor José Sacristán said that he was very satisfied with the results of the film, and that he immediately became interested in “the ambiguity and abstracion of the film”. The producer of Vulcania, David Matamoros, recalled his professional past connected to the Festival and expressed his ”eternal love for the best Film Festival in Spain ”.

Afterwards, the Hotel Melia’s Tramuntana Room hosted the screening of The Corpse of Anna Fritz and a subsequent Q&A session with the film’s crew.

I Am Your Father (Panorama Documenta), Haman (Brigadoon), Anabel (Noves Visions Plus), The Gift (Official Fantàstic In Competition), Two thumbs up (Fantàstic Òrbita, attended by award winner Simon Yam) or  The Comedy (Seven Chances), are just a few of the other options that the 48th Film Festival’s lineup has prepared for its audience today.  

 

PHOTO 1: Oliver Stone
PHOTO 2: Sion Sono
PHOTO 3: Baskin crew

VIDEO: Presentation of Vulcania

VIDEO: Presentation of Baskin

VIDEO: Photocall and Masterclass of Oliver Stone / Grand Honorary Award to Oliver Stone /
Tribute to Oliver Stone

VIDEO: Tribute to Simon Yan

VIDEO: Tribute to Sion Sono / Time Machine Award to Sion Sono

VIDEO: Tribute to Rosanna Yani

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