Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia Week in Buenos Aires
The sixth edition of SITGES Week, in collaboration with the INCAA (National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts) through its fantastic film promotion program Blood Window, presents five feature films at the Leopoldo Lugones Cinema.
Sitges Week in Buenos Aires kicks off next Tuesday, November 29th and runs through Friday, December 2nd, at the Leopoldo Lugones Cinema located in the San Martín Theater. The lineup features five feature length films that participated in the Festival's most recent edition.
This initiative stems from the Sitges Film Festival, the INCAA (Blood Window platform) and Argentina's Ministry of Culture through the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires and the Fundación Cinemateca Argentina.
After five editions of well-established collaboration, with a representative selection from the Sitges Festival's lineup from recent years and special guests, the 2022 lineup will be as follows.
Tuesday 29 Unicorn Wars
Directed by: Alberto Vázquez.
Featuring the voices of Jon Goiri, Ramón Barea, Maribel Legarreta.
A camp full of love bears is training for a possible battle against the unicorns. Two brothers, one endearing and the other heartless, are part of this peculiar army, which is sent to the front on a dangerous mission. Alberto Vázquez's new film is a delightful madness that combines fantasy and warfare, and which brings icons of tenderness into the realm of darkness. “The most surprising Spanish film of the year not only takes advantage of the guidelines of war movies to subvert the image of kind-heartedness, but also turns the idea of animated filmmaking on its head. The film highlights many pop culture ideas that have often been buried between the lines, such as a queer conception of the seemingly asexual characters in certain animation. (...) Unicorn Wars removes this darkness from the subtext and places it at the foreground to talk about something as human as evil and its flipside”. (Violeta Kovacsics, Cinemanía).
At 9:00 pm (91’; DCP).
Wednesday 30 Huesera
Directed by: Michelle Garza Cervera.
Starring Natalia Solián, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla.
How does a pregnancy impact a woman's body when desire is nonexistent? Michelle Garza Cervera's first feature film explores this question through Valeria, a young woman who left behind an adolescence of hard rock and sexual explorations to establish a traditional family with her husband. Pregnancy triggers a growing unease with her own body in Valeria, while an unknown entity invades her home and threatens her life and that of her family. The protagonist finds support in two women who escaped the patriarchal mandates of building a typical family: her aunt Isabel and Octavia, her teenage sweetheart. Huesera revisits a traditional Mexican legend from a contemporary perspective, with measured visual horror and a central concern: how sociocultural mandates can affect a person's life decisions.
At 9:00 pm (97’; DCP).
Thursday 1 Mal de ojo
Directed by: Isaac Ezban.
Starring Ofelia Medina, Paola Miguel, Samantha Castillo.
Nala, a 13-year-old city girl, travels with her family to her grandmother's home in the countryside in an effort to find a cure for the mysterious illness that her little sister Luna is suffering from. After a few days at the house, the girls discover that the local legends and superstitions are all rooted in real events. Drawn by the forces that manifest themselves around her, Nala will discover that her granny is not quite what she seems.
At 6:00 pm (100’; DCP).
Directed by: Adrián García Bogliano.
Starring María Evoli, Ramón Medína, Pilar Santacruz.
Ophelia, a young nun recently arriving in the town of San Ramon, is forced to perform an exorcism on a pregnant woman in danger of dying. Just when she thinks her possession has ended, she discovers that the evil presence hasn't disappeared yet. The director of the award-winning Here Comes the Devil and Late Phases adds a new twist to possession movies in one of this year's Latin American horror surprises.
At 9:00 pm (101’; DCP).
Friday 2 [REC] Terror sin pausa
Directed by: Diego López-Fernández.
Featuring Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró, Julio Fernández.
[REC] is the horror movie that marked a before and after in Spanish filmmaking after its 2007 release. The wager made by Julio Fernández, producer of Filmax, redefined this genre both in and outside of Spain with an innovative approach directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. Fifteen years later, the protagonists of this milestone analyze the keys to the film. This documentary, full of previously unseen images, declassifies the story and resuscitates the legend.
At 9:00 pm (105’; DCP).