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Sitges with the best European fantasy

Once again this year, the Festival is proud to be able to present, in its Official Fantàstic Section, a highly interesting and diversified selection of European films that have made a place for themselves among the cinematographies that normally exert their hegemony in the genre. Europe, always faithful to its rigorous conception of auteur film, continues to be a favorable territory for all kinds of dysfunctions and imbalances: mental, physical... or geographical.

- ALLEGRO (DENMARK). With Reconstruction (also present at the Sitges Festival this year) Christopher Boe won the Golden Camera at Cannes and the FIPRESCI Award in San Sebastian in 2003. This Dane, professedly in debt to Lar Von Trier's first movies, is going to have a lot of people talking. Allegro is, undoubtedly, an opportunity to discover one of the bright young hopes of this new emerging European cinema.

- LEMMING (FRANCE). The new project from the Dominik Moll ' Marchand duo, creators of the celebrated Harry is Here to Help, back with the movie that opened official competition at the last Cannes Festival. A magnificent exercise in style with an atmosphere backed up by a high-class interpretative duel: Charlotte Rampling and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

- THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES (U.K. ' FRANCE ' GERMANY).
The Quay Brothers, honored by the Festival on several occasions, are one of the fundamental names in European animation. Baroque, imaginative and original, the new proposal from these geniuses makes a triumphal return to Sitges.

- WILD BLUE YONDER (GERMANY ' FRANCE ' U.K.). Much more than a privilege, it is almost an extraordinary event for the Festival to be able to offer the new wonder from Werner Herzog in its Official Selection. A documentary and, and the same time, poetic adventure on the power outer space has had on the human being's imaginary. A twilight film by the man who is, probably, one of the most important filmmakers alive (in the picture).

- LA MOUSTACHE (FRANCE). The latest production from novelist philosopher Emmanuel Carrère delves obscurely into a very contemporary subject: identity crisis. The shaved-off moustache that gives it its name becomes a point of inflection in the life of our devastated protagonist, who sees his vital circle become, with no apparent sense, an existential nightmare.

- TROUBLE (FRANCE ' BELGIUM). Benoit Magimel (The Piano Player) plays the lead in this distressing story about a man that discovers he has an identical twin brother who, little by little, starts to win over his wife and his son. The director of this film, Harry Cleven, received the Grand Jury Award at the Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival.

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