'Into the Forest' says goodbye to a Festival committed to fantastic genre
The Hotel Avenida Sofía is featured in a Serial Sitges marathon, with the screening of famous TV series like ‘Fargo’, ‘Les revenants’ or ‘The Knick’
The Canadian film Into the Forest ha closed an intense 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, oozing with fantastic genre everywhere you looked. Series lovers were able to enjoy Serial Sitges Marathon held at the Hotel Avenida Sofía and the Festival screened the latest genre projects that will be giving way to the traditional marathons at the Auditori, the Cinema Retiro, the Cinema Prado and the Tramuntana Room.
The next to last day at Sitges 2015 followed through with the Festival’s restless and diverse spirit. Not surprisingly, the film that was the highlight of the Festival’s Closing, Into the Forest, presents and apocalyptic world that avoids certain common places in genre to skillfully present spectators with a future –that we can sense is not too far off - where humans live disconnected from all technology and are involved in a return to life surrounded by nature. In the press conference to present the film, its director, Patricia Rozema, commented that what really seduced her about the story -based on the book by Jean Hegland- is the psychological dimension of the of the characters and “reflecting on our relationship with technology and how vulnerable and fragile we can come to be”. “As a species, we humans are redefining our relationship with nature; the film explores this subject, but doesn’t try to judge it”, she added. The Canadian director, asked about the role of the women in Into the Forest, ha stated that “in Canada, we were really lucky because there are so many women who have contributed to art and other disciplines; it’s something that doesn’t surprise us, but outside the country I get asked that a lot”. “Half of the world’s population isn’t represented in cinema and that makes me so sad, but when I make my movies, I don’t create them as women on purpose”, she specified.
Day nine, the next to last day of the Festival, allowed series lovers to enjoy a complete Serial Sitges marathon at the Hotel Avenida Sofía venue. From 11:00 to 2000, viewers could see different episodes of series like Fortitude, Game of Thrones, Leftovers, Real Humans, as well as the premieres of Fargo, The Knick and Les Revenants.
The wealth and diversity of Sitges 2015’s proposals continued today with films like Evolution (Noves Visions One), directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, an odyssey with Lovecraftian tomes, tones down by a subtle, dark poetry; Veteran (Official Fantàstic Òrbita), directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, an action thriller combining action choreographies and comical situations; or High-Rise (Official Fantàstic Special Screenings), directed by Ben Wheatley, an adaptation of High Rise, a key work by J.G. Ballard, that poses a false utopia that, when it cracks, becomes an orgy of violence .
Today the Auditori hosted the premiere of the eagerly awaited Dragon Ball: Resurrection “F” (Anima’t section), by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, that recovers one of the characters that most marked an entire legion of fans: Freezer. On the other hand, the Cinema Prado hosted the screening of the documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World, a review of the immense body of works by the Swiss artist, deceased in 2014, who left behind an unforgettable legacy with the creation of the Alien monster.
Finally, today’s surprise screening presents the Argentinean film El Clan, by Pablo Trapero, a portrayal that reconstructs the true story of the Puccio family, that carried out kidnappings and executions in the eighties. Immediately afterwards, the Auditori is hosting the animated film Marathon, with Attack the Titans. The Movie. Part 1: Scarlet Bow and Arrow &Attack the Titans. The Movie. Part 2: Wings of Freedom and Ghost in the Shell Arise. The Movie.
Tomorrow, Sunday, Festival fans will enjoy the traditional marathons programmed for the Festival’s four theaters: Auditori, Prado, Retiro and Tramuntana.
When there is still one day to go to finish the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, the Festival Organization revealed that –according to the data obtained up until the morning of Friday 16- the Festival sold 61,874 tickets and 14,552 passes and packs, numbers that indicate a, 11.3 increase in ticket sales over last year.
PHOTO 1: Into the forest Red Carpet PHOTO 2: Lucile Hadzihalilovic PHOTO 3: Into the forest Photocall