38ed. Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya (9/10 - 18/10)
List of winners
Blanca Li, Bill Plympton, Nieve de Medina, Elvis Mitchell and Àngel Quintana
Best Short Film
RESPIRE, by Wi Ding Ho (Taiwan)
Best Art Direction
Dave McKean for MIRRORMASK
Best Make Up FX
Michele Davidson Bell for MIRRORMASK
Best Special Effects
Thomas Mulack for THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES
Best Original Soundtrack
Dalpalan and Jang Yeong-gyu for A BITTERSWEET LIFE
Keung Kwok Man for SEVEN SWORDS
Brian Nelson for HARD CANDY
Lee Yeong-ae for SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE
Lee Kang-sheng for EL SABOR DE LA SANDIA (THE WAYWARD CLOUD)
Johnnie To for ELECTION
Best Motion Picture
HARD CANDY, by David Slade (EEUU).
Carnet Jove Jury
ELECTION, by Johnnie To (Hong Kong)
THE DARK HOURS, by Paul Fox (Canada)
Special Mention to THE WILD BLUE YONDER, by Werner Herzog (USA), for Brad Dourif’s exceptional interpretation.
Antonio Santamarina, Carles Torres and Ezgi Yalynalp
THE GIRL FROM MONDAY, by Hal Hartley (EEUU).
Special Mention to GRIZZLY MAN, by Werner Herzog (EEUU) by Werner Herzog, because the members of the jury are still arguing over whether it’s a true story or not.
Orient Express - Casa Àsia
Antonio Santamarina, Carles Torres and Ezgi Yalynalp
ANTARCTIC JOURNAL, by Yim Phil-sung (South Corea).
Animat – Gertie Award
José Luis de Vicente, Enric Martí and Álex Samaranch
Best Animated Film
THE DISTRICT, by Áron Gauder
Best Animated Short film
CIRKUS by Thomas Pors
Brigadoon (Sponsor for Editorial DEVIR)
Eugenio Mira, Luis Royo and Sergio Molina
Best short film
GRAVELESS, by Christian Ray
Kiko Amat, Christian Molina and Jordi Burgués
Silver Méliès for Best European Motion Picture
TROUBLE, by Harry Cleven (Francia-Bélgica)
Short Film nominee for Silver Méliès Award
CITY PARADISE, by Gäelle Denis
Audience Award for Best Motion Picture (Sponsor for El Periódico)
HARD CANDY, by David Slade (EEUU)
Nova Autoria Award (Sponsor for SGAE)
La última Polaroid, by Mar Coll (Short film, ESCAC)
Sin Piedras, (documental, Universitat Ramon Llull)
Director and script: Quim Fuster, Pau Iriarte
14 apóstoles, by Maialen Sarasúa. (Documental. Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Autor of music: Oier Sarasúa
Special Mention to ZULO, by Carlos Martín Ferrera (Spain), for his bold treatment of a controversial subject that could happen to anyone.
Oficial Fantàstic Jury
Portland, Oregon, United States, 1946. Director. In 1968 he moved to New York and began studies at the School of Visual Arts, working as a film magazine designer and illustrator for publications like The New York Times, Vogue and Rolling Stone. In 1985, once again taking up an interest for animation that goes back to his early childhood, he directed his first animated short Drawing Lesson # 2 and was nominated for his first Academy Award (years later he would be nominated again for Guard Dog). Several advertising pieces, video clips, some thirty-odd shorts and seven feature films crown a career in the field of animation that has won awards on countless occasions.
Àngel Quintana (Torroella de Montgrí, 1960) Permanent professor of Film History and theory at Girona University. Movie critic for El Punt, the La Vanguardia’s Culture supplement and Dirigido. He has published the books Roberto Rossellini (Professorship, 1995), Jean Renoir (Professorship, 1998), Olivier Assayas.Líneas de Fuga (Olivier Assayas. Lines of Escape - Gijon Festival, 2003), El cine italiano del neorrealismo a la modernidad (Italian cinema from neorealism to the modern age - Paidós, 1997), Fábulas de lo visible (Fables of the Invisible - El Acantilado, 2003), winner of an award last year from the Spanish Association of Film Historians for best monograph in 2003.
Nieve de Medina
Spanish actress. An acting, dance and stage management graduate, she was a finalist for best actress at the 2003 European Academy Awards. Nominated for a Goya Award for best promising new actress by the Spanish Film Academy in 2003 and elected best actress of the year by newspaper El País’ readers, Nieve de Medina has had important roles in big international hit films like Los lunes al Sol- Mondays in the Sun (Fernando León de Aranoa –2002-) and El Bola (Archero Mañas –2000-) as well as a successful career in the theater world.
Choreographer, dancer and film director, Blanca Li was born in Granada and was educated in New York until founding her own dance company in Paris. An honorary choreographer at the Paris Opera House in Les Indes Galantes and in the ballet
Shéhérazade, in 2001 she directed the Komische Oper ballet in Berlin.
Li wrote and directed her first fiction feature film, Le Delfi, in 2002. She is currently preparing her second film Cabaret Latino, while her dance company continues their program with two shows: Alarme, a series of short, humorous, plastic pieces that she created last year and Al Andalus, an Andalusian-inspired ballet that includes Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla. Winner of the 2005 Manuel de Falla Award.
Elvis Mitchell is a film critic for The New York Times. Previously, he was a film critic for the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The Detroit Free Press. For the past 15 years Mr. Mitchell has become well known to a national audience as the entertainment critic of NPR’s "Weekend Edition with Scott Simon." He has also been the host of "Independent Focus," a program on the Independent Film Channel, and has appeared regularly on other TV and radio programs. In addition, he has written on film for Rolling Stone, GQ and Interview magazines.
Carnet Jove Jury
Fco. Javier Rueda
For the first time since its creation, the Festival will have a youth jury, organized in collaboration with the Secretaria General de Joventut de la Generalitat de Catalunya – the Catalan government's General Department of Youth. The Carnet Jove Jury, made up exclusively of movie critics from 18 to 30 years of age, will be presenting the new Carnet Jove Jury Award for Best Motion Picture from among all the feature films presented in the Festival’s Official Fantàstic selection, allowing for the youth audience, the most loyal to this international competition, to officially express, for the first time, their tastes and preferences in movies.
Noves Visions - Orient Express Jury - Casa Asia
Ezgi Yalinalp (Assistant director at the Ankara’s Far East Film Festival)
Antonio Santamarina (Filmoteca Nacional)
Assistant Director of the Art Futura digital art festival. Journalist, theoretician and blogger for contemporary audiovisual creations and digital art. He has been the organizer of events like Res Fest, OFF and Copyfight.
Director, screenwriter and producer. He has been an animation professional since the early nineties. In the bosom of his production company, Virtual Joint, he has become specialized in animation for scientific dissemination and has experimented with the potentials of animation applied to architecture or as a medium for high-level research.
An animation specialist, he has been director and/or coordinator of the few specialized animation magazines published in our country, like Píxel or Animac Magazine.
Christian Molina (Film Director)
Jordi Burgués (Specialist in merchandising and film memorabilia)
Luis Royo (Illustrator and designer)
Sergio Molina (Production and talent coordinator)
Commemoration 30th Anniversary of Jaws
Sitges 2005 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the world premiere of Jaws, by Steven Spielberg, the movie that not only changed the shapes and concept of fantasy films in the 70’s, but also the entire way of understanding the exploitation of a movie in the commercial movie theater circuit when it became history’s first summer blockbuster.
The festival will be celebrating this anniversary with special screenings of the entire Jaws saga, documentaries on the movie and screenings on the entire universe that has been developing over the past three decades revolving around Spielberg’s film (unusual imitations, collector’s items, etc.).
In addition, Sitges 2005 will be organizing an exhibition with movie-related material and will have important guests (to be confirmed) directly related to Jaws.
Tributes Johnnie To - Màquina del Temps
Born in 1955 and seasoned during the seventies at the TVB television station where he was an assistant, producer and executive producer, the career of this eclectic Hong Kong director and producer, who has known how to successfully cross the turbulent waters of local production, includes more than fifty titles to date, from all imaginable genres.
The Heroic Trio and The Barefooted Kid, both shot in 1993, opened the doors for him to a West dazzled by the fast-paced, colorful martial arts and pulp fantasy imaginary. But it would be starting from 1996, with the founding of the Mylkyway Image production company, when his name would begin to forcefully demand the attention of enthusiasts, specialized critics and international festivals thanks to the direction and production of a remarkable number of police thrillers that combined and renewed the keys to success of filmmakers who’d emigrated to Hollywood, like Tsui Hark and John Woo.
Having worked with most of the stars from the local movie scene, responsible for huge box office hits and winner of innumerable awards and critical acclaim, Sitges 2005 is pleased to be able offer this retrospective and present Johnnie To with the La Màquina del Temps (Time Machine) award, in recognition of a splendid career.
Tributes Jim Henson Company Màquina del Temps
Misunderstood by her parents and inspired by her fantasy books, Sarah (Jennifer Connelli) conjures up the Goblins to get rid of her little brother. Baby Toby is then confined inside an immense labyrinth where dark forces lie in wait around every corner. To save him, Sarah must find her way through the Labyrinth’s dangerous passages and stand up to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). The magic of Jim Henson’s creatures glows in each and every frame of this unforgettable film, impregnated with a chameleon-like Bowie’s musical energy.
THE DARK CRYSTAL
On another planet, in another time, the Dark Cristal was damaged and the age of Darkness spread all over the Earth. Now the conjunction of the three suns heralds the start of the sinister Skekses’ reign of terror, unless the powerful Crystal can be healed. Young Jen, the last of the Gelfings, starts his journey to recover the missing shard of the Crystal and restore order to the Universe. One of the most outstanding works in Jim Henson’s film career, and cornerstone of the fantasy genre during the ‘80s.
Jodie Foster - Grand Honorary Award
This year the Festival will be presenting actress Jodie Foster with its Grand Honorary Award.
Flightplan is the movie the star of The Silence of the Lambs and Panic Room is presenting at Sitges’ film festival this year.
Considered to be a child prodigy of interpretation, she started her movie career at a very early age, with some of the most unforgettable performances in her career under Martin Scorsese’s direction in Taxi Driver and Alice Doesn’t Live Here any More.
Álex de la Iglesia - Màquina del Temps
We need filmmakers like Alex de la Iglesia. This Bilbao-born, compulsive movie-lover who began his professional career as a comic book artist, is responsible for some of the biggest, most-talked-about box office hits in Spanish cinema
His movies, hilarious genre incursions, have always reached the bottom of our hearts. Alex’s epicurism and excellent taste in B-movies and the joy he radiates in his Diario de un Neurasténico (for more information go to www.alexdelaiglesia.com) cast a light on our darkest thoughts and make us better persons.
This year, the Sitges Festival is proud to present him with the La Màquina del Temps (Time Machine) award for his career as a whole.
Bill Plympton - Màquina del Temps
Portland, Oregon, United States, 1946. Director. In 1968 he moved to New York and began studies at the School of Visual Arts, working as a film magazine designer and illustrator for publications like The New York Times, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
In 1985, once again taking up an interest for animation that goes back to his early childhood, he directed his first animated short “Drawing Lesson # 2” and was nominated for his first Academy Award (years later he would be nominated again for “Guard Dog”).
Several advertising pieces, video clips, some thirty-odd shorts and seven feature films crown a career in the field of animation that has won awards on countless occasions.
Jaws Crew: Joe Alves, Carl Gottlieb and Greg Nicotero Màquina del Temps
Three of the men that played an essential role in the creation of the Jaws myth will be in Sitges to accept the honorary La Màquina del Temps (Time Machine) award. Carl Gootlieb (co-writer and actor in the film), Joe Alves (in charge of production design) and special effects wizard Greg Nicotero, will receive this award not only for the film Sitges is honoring this year, but for a whole lifetime devoted to the Seventh Art.
Julio Fernández - Maria Honirífica
Julio Fernández. President of Filmax Group. Born in Fonsagrada (Lugo, Galicia), he has been a resident in Catalonia since the ‘60s.
He is one of the architects of the audiovisual industry’s new stage in Spain. He is a member of the Spanish Academy of the Arts and Film Sciences, winner of the 2002 Castelao Medal from the Xunta de Galicia (Galician autonomous government), of the Gold Star from the Media Club, and belongs to diverse organisms and associations related to the audiovisual and business field: Consultant for the EGEDA, (Entity for the Administration of Audiovisual Producer Rights ) President of the Cluster del Audiovisual Gallego (Galician Audiovisual Group) , member of the FAPAE (Spanish Federation of Audiovisual Producers), Patron of the Fundació Privada de l'Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisual de Catalunya - ESCAC (Private Foundation of the Catalonian) and President of the Associació d'Empresaris Gallegs a Catalunya (Association of Galician businessmen in Catalonia).
In recent years he has produced movies like The Nameless, Darkness, El Lobo (Wolf), Tapas, Paraules Encadenades (Killing Words), The Machinist and Frágiles (Fragile – a Ghost Story), among so many others, making him point of reference as an international producer.
He is the creator of the Fantastic Factory trademark, where he has achieved an efficient combination of American, European and Spanish talents. In the animation sector he has produced movies like: Goomer, Pinocchio 300, El Cid, winners of diverse Goya Awards and Gisaku that will be presented at this year’s Festival.
Square Enix Co. Ltd. - Honorary Maria Award
With its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix develops, publishes and distributes recreational products including interactive entertainment software and publications. .
Square Enix brings together, under one name, “Final Fantasy” and “Dragon Quest”, two of the most successful franchises in Japan with millions of dollars in sales in the rest of the world.
In September 2005, at movie theaters all over Japan, the company premiered Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the long-awaited digital animation production based on the famous series of console games, also a special guest at the 61st Venice Mostra. Sitges 2005 celebrates the company’s innovative efforts presenting Square Enix with the festival’s Honorary Maria Award.
SITGES-Festival Internacional de Catalunya 2005, will be offering commemorative exhibitions for two of this year’s movie get-together’s main leitmotifs: Jaw’s 30th anniversary and a sample of the work the Grangel Animation Studio in Barcelona has been doing over the last few year for Tim Burton’s animated film, Corpse Bride.
The Jaws, 30th Anniversary show consists of a collection of originals by Joe Alves, the mythical film’s production designer, which along with a personal collection from Jim Beller, one of the biggest Jaws collectors in the world, will complement a unique exhibit never before seen in our country until now.
Corpse Bride-Grangel Studio will be presenting color reproductions of the evolution of the film’s character’s creation, sketches, ideas and finished color drawings, as well as material on the supervision of the dolls used in the shooting of Tim Burton’s latest movie.
Sitges 2005 Shop Window Contest
This year as every year, the Sitges’05-International Film Festival of Catalonia organization, in collaboration with diverse associations of storekeepers with businesses all over town and with the support of Universal-Port Aventura, announces its SITGES 2005 SHOP WINDOW CONTEST.
All business establishments in Sitges with a shop window in full view of pedestrians.
The establishments must be decorated with movie motifs (especially fantasy film) and must have, somewhere visible, a Sitges’05 symbol (it could be the “King Kong” logo, this year’s poster, the program, a postcard, etc.) and a Port Aventura symbol that the participants will be provided with.
The contestants must register and have their shop window set up from October 8th to the 18th.
1st prize. A weekend for four at Universal-Port Aventura, including accommodations at the Port Aventura Hotel (2 nights, breakfast included) and three days admittance to the park.
2nd prize. A weekend for two at Universal-Port Aventura, including accommodations at the Port Aventura Hotel (2 nights, breakfast included) and three days admittance to the park.
3rd prize. Dinner for two at the Dolce Sitges hotel restaurant.
All participants will receive two tickets for a Sitges’05 screening and two tickets to Port Aventura.
Registration: Festival Office: c/ Davallada, 12 (MIRAMAR building), from 9:00 to 15:00 and 16:30 to 19:30.
Tiburón ¡Vas a necesitar un barco más grande!, el filme que cambió Hollywood by Ángel Sala. Edited by Círculo Latino.
Johnnie To, Redefiniendo el cine de autor, by Domingo López, Beatriz Martíniz, Juan Salido Quim Crusellas, Eduard Terrades, Mike Hostench and Ángel Sala. Edited by Ediciones CINEASIA.
Freaks en acción, Álex de la Iglesia o el cine como fuga, by Jordi Sánchez-Navarro. Edited by Calamar Ediciones.
Diez años de terror asiático 1995-2005 (Hong Kong, Japan, Corea del Sur) by Domingo López, Eduard Terrades, Eduardo Serradilla, Quim Crusellas, Ryan Law, Enrique Garcelán, Gloria Fernández and Mario Herrera. Edited by Ediciones CINEASIA.
SOTS - DIRECTOR
COMITÈ DE PROGRAMACIÓ
Antonio José Navarro
CURTMETRATGES SECCIÓ OFICIAL FANTÀSTIC
Antonio José Navarro
Antonio José Navarro
SECRETÀRIA DEL FESTIVAL
COORDINACIÓ DE PEL·LÍCULES
Responsables: Lídia Gilabert i Pepa Cordero
Adjunt: Fric López
MÀRKETING, COMUNICACIÓ I PREMSA
Cap: Eva “Caruso” Herrero
Responsable Marketing i Comunicació: Marina “Caruso” Queraltó
Responsable Premsa: Maria “Caruso” Castells
Adjunts: Isa "Caruso" Castells, Juan Pablo "Caruso" Oviedo, Pau "Caruso" Teixidor
Auxiliar: Júlia "Caruso" de Balle
Meritori: Alberto "Caruso" Jordán
COORDINADORA D'ENTREVISTES I TRADUCTORS
Mila "Caruso" Rodríguez
Traductors: Gorka Ortiz de Zárate, Bricio Segovia, Paula Garuz, Estefanía Sort, Jiyoune Yun
SALA DE VISIONATS
LOGÍSTICA I RELACIONS PÚBLIQUES
Cap Logística: Imma Serra
Cap RR.PP. i Protocol: Beatriu Solivellas
Adjuntes: Maria Alcázar, Anna Ibáñez, Anna Petrus
Adjunt: Aram Garriga
Po Yen Chang, Salvador Colom, Maria Fàtima Lópes, Jane Mason, Clara Matas, Marta Rodríguez, Haritz Zubía
COORDINADOR DE TRANSPORTS CONVIDATS
Adjunt: Adrià Villar
Conductors: Nigel Bjornberg, David Cordero, Oriol Franquesa, Dani Guerrero, Joan Marc Matas, Francesc Massaguer, Federico Peñalver, David Ramírez, Santiago Rodríguez i Raúl Soriano
Coordinador Voluntaris: Vicente Campillo
Adjunta: Patricia Luna
ATENCIÓ INDÚSTRIA I COORDINACIÓ CERIMÒNIES
La Chula Productions
PRODUCCIÓ I INFRAESTRUCTURES
Cap: Josep "Gari" Gràcia
Adjunt: Pere Milán
CAP DE MANTENIMENT
Joan Carles Alegre
Adjunt: Axel Neumann
RESPONSABLE DE MAGATZEM
Auxiliar: Hamid Al-Meshhedani
Auditori: Ciscu Santgenís
El Prado: Arnau Orobitg
Adjunt Prado: Toni Tudela
El Retiro: Inmaculada Lanuza
Adjunt Retiro: Genís Hernández
Sala Tramuntana: Ramon Artigas
Brigadoon: Sonia Pérez
Auditori: Ignacio Fernández, Diego Giménez, Adrián Gómez
El Prado :Francesc Piqué
El Retiro: Mercè Garcia
Sala Tramuntana: Cesare Aceti
Cap: Ricardo Reparaz
Adjunta: Violeta Kovacsics
Documentació: Lídia Thomas
Redactors: Héctor Castells, Lídia Thomas, Manuel Yáñez
Il·lustrador: Guillem Dols
DISSENY GRÀFIC CATÀLEG I PORTADA
Disseny Gràfic Especial "El Periódico" i Diari del Festival
Miguel Ángel Chazo, Jesús Paris
COORDINACIÓ PUBLICACIONS EXTERNES
Antonio José Navarro
Cap: Natàlia Rey-Joly
RESPONSABLE TAQUILLA MIRAMAR
Auxiliars de Taquilles: Sònia Armengol, Laia Fíguls, Laura Guerrero, Laura Jorge, Maider Luna, Camilla Mantovani, María Villanueva, Edel Muda, Mª Lluïsa Olea, Manuel Rubies
Adjunts: Raquel Dalmau, Alexandra Martín, Marta Millet
Auxiliars – Recepció Convidats: Marc Aguyé, Ana Hernández, Paris O'Donnell, Meritxell Vidal, Riwaa Irfaeya