13-10-2015 20:30

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Sitges shows the different sides of the fantastic universe

The Festival hosts the press conference and presentation of the 2015 Minotauro to filmmaker Elio Quiroga, author of the novel ‘Los que sueñan’

The Festival, in addition to showing the latest new features and trends in genre cinema, also explores facets of the fantastic universe. Today, genre literature gets decked out with the press conference and presentation of the 2015 Minotauro Award to filmmaker and writer Elio Quiroga. In addition, the mark fantastic genre leaves on Sitges is also evident in other disciplines, like art, with the exhibition by artist Vicente B. Ballestar or TV, with the screening of Fargo and The leftovers in the Serial Sitges section. In addition, today the Festival’s lineup includes the world premiere of the eagerly awaited film I am a Hero, an adaptation of the manga by Kengo Hanazawa.

The shadow of fantastic genre spreads out to many different disciplines, way beyond the celluloid world. The Festival isn’t unaware of this reality and that’s why in addition to programming the most influential and fascinating films on the international film scene, it also organizes events and activities explore other facets of genre. That is the case with fantastic literature, celebrating today the presentation of the novel winning the International Science Fiction and Fantastic Literature Award from Ediciones Minotauro, Los que sueñan, a work by author, screenwriter and film director Elio Quiroga. The author -director of the films Fotos (winner of the award best screenplay and special jury award winner at Sitges 1997), La hora fría, No-Do and the documentary The Mystery of the King of Kinema-, presented his novel at this 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia that, for the second year, is hosting the press conference and presentation of the prestigious Minotauro Award. Quiroga commented that with Los que sueñan he wanted to “play with the reader’s expectations” and that he took on this novel with “the will to break down the barriers that one places on him or herself when it comes to writing”.

From 9 to18 October, genre fans will also enjoy an exhibition by illustrator Vicente B. Ballestar on display at the Maricel Palace. Ballestar is one of the creators of the dark pulp and realistic supernatural genres that became famous on the covers of Ghosthunter John Sinclair, the western G. F. Unger and the world of Professor Zamorra, pulp from the decades of the seventies, eighties and nineties.

On the more TV related side, the Festival’s Serial Sitges section, with the support of Movistar+, screened the eagerly awaited preview of the series by Coen Brothers, Fargo (T2) and the beginning of the second season of The leftovers, a fantastic series from the creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof and starring Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman.

The presentation of the 2015 Minotauro Award to Elio Quiroga and the screening of his short film, Sirena negra, precede today the world premiere of I am a hero, by Shinsuke Sato, the long awaited adaptation of the Kengo Hanazawa manga, which lends volume and movement to the original and atrocious living dead from the comics. I am a Hero tells the story of Hideo, a cartoonist with a miserable life who, one day, is attacked by his girlfriend, transformed into and aggressive zombie and, as of that moment, sees his world collapse around him. The fantastic universe terrifying criatures also appeared on Day 5 in Sitges with films like The Hallow, by Corin Hardy, Frankenstein, by Bernard Rose or Endorphine, by André Turpin, among others, included in the Official Fantàstic in-Competition selection.

On the other hand, this 48th Film Festival is debuting  Sitges Campus 2015, an initiatice aimed at becoming a point of connection between film schools and universities and the film industry. Sitges 2015 has programmed a specialization course that, this year, is entitles ‘From Seven to La isla mínima: a history of the contemporary thriller’. The prestigious journalist and film critic Alan Jones opened the first session ‘The contemporary thriller: can we refer to a 21st century thriller?’ and the professor Jordi Sánchez Navarro offered the talk ‘From film noir to thriller: how it is defined and at what point the label appears’.

Sitges 2015 is also collaborating with the Blood Window TV Award initiative, where four genre short films, selected by the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, will be screened from 9 to 25 October in a virtual theater on the www.bloodwindowtv.com website. Everyone who wants can access it and vote for the winner. The winner will be announced during the ceremony previous to the Festival Closing and published on the website.

 

FOTO 1: Elio Quiroga, Minotauro 2015 Award
FOTO 2: Picture of I am a hero

VIDEO: Movistar+ Zone

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