Sitges brings together a sample of the most eclectic fantastic genre
Takashi Miike presented his latest two films and offered a master class for Sitges Campus students
Day 8 at the Film Festival plunged directly in diverse genres and themes revolving around the fantastic genre. Auteur cinema, documentaries, TV series, thrillers, intimate expressions and survival stories all intertwine today with fantasy, on a day marked by the visit of Takashi Miike, who presented Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld and As the Gods Will and taught a Master Class for Sitges Campus students.
The 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia continues moving on and exploring all the cinematic dimensions revolving around genre. Today the Tramuntana Room and the Cinema Prado screened the latest work by AndrzejZulawski, winner of the Time Machine Award this year, and who, unfortunately, was unable to make it to Sitges for personal reasons. The film, Cosmos (Noves Visions One), is a fascinating project based on a novel by Gombrowicz and has been Zulawski’s return to cinema after fifteen years of film silence. Today was also Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s turn with his placid Journey to the Shore (Official Fantàstic in-Competition), a ghost story told with sensitivity transcendence; The Survivalist (Official Fantàstic in-Competition), by Stephen Fingleton, a hard-hitting survival story set in a post-apocalyptic world where hunger, misery and the most irrational violence prevail; the violent road movie Enragés (Official Fantàstic Òrbita), by Éric Hannezo, a vibrant remake of the classic by Mario Bava, Rabid Dogs; or Angelica (Noves Visions One), by Mitchell Lichtenstein, director of Teeth , a lewd, gothic melodrama set in Victorian England.
Today’s eclecticism found its maximum exponent in Takashi Miike, a hyper-creative and prolific filmmaker who has touched on practically all genres. At a press conference today, Miike presented Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld, a brilliant delirium crossing the world of the yakuzas with vampires. The Japanese director commented that he’s made well over eighty films and that he considers that all of them are the same, beyond their genre. “I like to use open endings in my films so they will reflect life itself”, he clarified. Miike revealed that he is already working on two new projects: “a story set on Mars, 500 years from now, where men have to fight against beetles, and period film, where the main character is a man who, no matter how many times he’s killed, he never dies”. In addition, this afternoon the charismatic director offered a masterclass for Sitges Campus students.
The Llevant Room at the Hotel Melià Sitges hosted the presentational press conference for the horror film The Devil’s Candy, directed by Sean Byrne. Byrne, creator of the widely acclaimed The Loved Ones, stated that he likes to delve deep into the psychological dimension of his characters and that “a psycho killer is really interesting you portray the man behind the monster, because if you don’t, you’re only left with stereotypes”. The Australian director defined himself straight out as a commercial director: “I like to give my films a good pace, I don’t want people to get bored, although I always try to surprise and avoid clichés, but above all, what I’m after is to entertain viewer”, he explained.
In addition, the Tramuntana Room was the venue for the presentation of the documentary Smoke and Mirrors: the Story of Tom Savini (Panorama Documenta), a journey through the life and times of the famous makeup effects specialist Tom Savini. Afterwards, Savini himself participated in a Q&A session with the public, which got to know the secrets of one of the great geniuses of horror cinema for themselves.
Today series lovers had a very special time at the Hotel Avenida Sofía. This venue hosted a tribute to the series Hannibal, where those attending enjoyed a glass of wine the screening of the final episode of the second season of this gruesome series, starring a disturbing Mads Mikkelsen. Afterwards, the hotel also hosted Serielizados Late Show, a comedy show about series, special Sitges edition, with the participation of Venga Monjas, Carlo Padial, Raquel Sastre and the music of El Niño de la Hipoteca.
PHOTO 1: Takashi Miike PHOTO 2: Tom Savini PHOTO 3: Sean Byrne