The Festival prescribes a good dose of horror and powerful emotions
Takashi Miike has arrived in Sitges today and tomorrow will be presenting both of his in-competition films
The extreme violence of Green Room, the brutal horror in The Devil’s Candy, the supernatural presence in Demon or the bloody game proposed by Ludo, among others, offered Festival fans a fantastic day full of horror and powerful emotions. In addition, today Sitges’ cornerstone flew in: Takashi Miike, who will be the star of different events and interviews.
Spectators at Day 7 of the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia attended a field day of brutal horror, psycho killers, evil presences and supernatural forces that delighted Festival goers. The widely acclaimed director of Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier, presented his latest piece, Green Room (Official Fantàstic in-Competition) at Sitges 2015, an exercise in ultra violence, tension and black humor, with a group of Neo-Nazis at the epicenter and the presence of a disturbing Patrick Stewart, here far from the registers he has us accustomed to. Today the sordid and hard-hitting The Devil’s Candy (Official Fantàstic in-Competition) also had its turn, and will be presented tomorrow in Sitges by its director, Sean Byrne. Byrne, director of the surprising The Loved Ones made a terrifying story of satanic possessions that, as the plot unfolds, increases in tension and brutality. The day was rounded off with different genre expressions, like the Polish production Demon (Official Fantàstic in-Competition), directed by the recently deceased Marcin Wrona; Ludo (Official Fantàstic in-Competition), an Indian horror production directed by Q & Nikon, where two young couples spend the night in a mall and run into some characters who will force them to participate in a salvage and bloody game; or Lace Crater (Noves Visions Plus), by Harrison Atkins, where a girl’s body suffers a perturbing transformation following a carnal encounter with a ghost.
In addition, today and tomorrow the Festival is screening la German production Victoria (Official Fantàstic in-Competition), shot in one single continuous long shot and starring Catalan actress Laia Costa, who commented in the presentational press conference that “shooting a under these terms was a thrilling experience” and that “your concentration had to be 100% because you can’t mess up”. “It was a very live and creative process; during the rehearsals we would take notes and they would change things so that everything would be perfect the day of the long shot”, the young Catalan actress explained.
In addition, famous Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, Grand Honorary Award winner at Sitges 2013 and a regular Festival attendee, arrived in Sitges to present two in-competition films tomorrow: Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld and As the Gods Will. The prestigious will be giving approximately twenty interviews for media outlets and, besides presenting his films, will also have time to participate in a talk for films students, as a part of the Sitges Campus 2015.
Today the Tramuntana Room hosted the presentation of Sitges Coming Soon 2015, where they showed the upcoming premieres of Catalan, Spanish and Latin American fantastic film projects.
Finally, the Festival organization reveled that the surprise screening for Saturday 17th, at 23:15 in the Auditori, will be the film The Clan, by Pablo Trapero, preceded by the short film The Chickening.
Festival Director Ángel Sala announced that next year, the Festival will be dedicated to Star Trek. In addition, Sitges 2016 will also be reinforcing the role of genre series with more prominence for TV series.
PHOTO 1: Picture of The Devil's Candy PHOTO 2: Laia Costa PHOTO 3: Takashi Miike