The big screen receives an avalanche of Sitges premieres
Over twenty different films that were screened at last year’s Festival have reached premiere theaters
Over the last few months, movie theaters have premiered more than twenty films screened as part of the lineup at the Festival the last two years. Major productions and low cost pieces, award-winning movies and some with a more limited circuit, and national films plus others from all over the planet make up this migration from Sitges to movie theatres.
The first film that premiered, in late October, was The Corpse of Anna Fritz, by Catalan director Hèctor Hernández Vicens. El clan, by Pablo Trapero, the surprise screening at Sitges 2015, hit the big screen during the month of November, as well as another handful of excellent titles: the manga Dragon Ball Z: La Resurrection F; the documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, winner of the award for best Panorama Documenta film at Sitges 2015; Life, the James Dean biopic directed by Anton Corbijn; the documentary I Am Your Father, about David Prowse (Darth Vader) directed by Majorcans Toni Bestard and Marcos Cabotà; The Assassin, by Hou Hsiao-Hsien; Cop Car, by Jon Watts, and La maniobra de Heimlich, by Manolo Vázquez, screened at Sitges 2014.
Two other films from the 2014 Festival hit the listings at the end of the year: the Argentinean El ardor, by Pablo Fendrick, and Hyena, by Gerard Johnson. December was also the month for the premieres of The Bride, by Paula Ortiz; Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, directed by Justin Kurzel, and Turbo Kid, winner of the award for best music and the Carnet Jove Jury Award winner at Sitges 2015.
2016 started off bringing movie listings the zombie drama Maggie, with an atypical Arnold Schwarzenegger. February included the premieres of Vulcania, José Skaf’s dystopia, and Anomalisa, the animated film by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, which won the award for best Noves Visions One film at last year’s Festival. One of the highlights at Sitges 2015, Bone Tomahawk, hit movie theaters just a week ago. This cannibalistic western picked up both the award for best director for S. Craig Zahler and the José Luis Guarner Critic’s Award. This Friday are the premieres of The Gift, winner of the award for best actor that went to Joel Edgerton, who also directs the film, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the animated film directed by Isao Takahata.
In December, the Phenomena movie theater offered the possibility of enjoying Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls, special jury award and best screenplay winner at Sitges 2015. In addition, the Americana Film Fest, held in March, programmed The Invitation, the brilliant winner of the 48 Sitges Film Festival, directed by Karyn Kusama and arriving to local listing in April.