The Sitges Film Festival has renewed its agreement with the International Festival of Catalan Cinema – Gold Coast (FIC-CAT), in its ninth year and to be held from 31 May to 5 June in Roda de Berà (Tarragona), with a commitment to fantastic Catalan films. The Pantalla Sitges section is back again, sponsored by the Sitges Festival, as a part of the FIC-CAT lineup. Xavier Duran, Director General of the Festival Foundation, will be in Roda de Berà to present the section and check out the evolution of the FIC-CAT from up close.
The feature film Segon Origen, directed by Carles Porta and initially by the now deceased Bigas Luna, will be the big feature at Pantalla Sitges this year. The film, an adaptation of the novel Mecanoscrit del segon origen by Manuel de Pedrolo, is halfway between the romance and science fiction genres. It tells the story of Alba and Dídac, two young survivors of an alien attack who must fend for themselves in a world offering very little hope.
In addition, the Sitges Film Festival’s assistant director, Mike Hostench, will be a member of the Jove 48 Hores (Young 48 Hours) jury, a format where participants have to create audiovisuals pieces in a limited amount of time and following specific premises. The agreement between the two festivals strengthens and collaboration that will promote and highlight the importance of fantastic cinema in the Catalan audiovisual sector, and help to vindicate and present the feature length and short films premiering this year.