06-07-2006 0:00


El Laberinto del Fauno, by Guillermo del Toro, to open Sitges 06

The International Film Festival of Catalonia will be kicking off its 39th edition with the premiere of El Laberinto del Fauno, by Guillermo del Toro. In addition, this Mexican director will be the protagonist of a Special Focus on his filmography.

Sitges 06 will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Blue Velvet at the festival, with a review of David Lynch's universe and the Spanish premiere of INLAND EMPIRE.

The Official Fantàstic Selection will be marked by several content lines:
- European genre movies: Classic and new filmmakers demonstrate that the fantasy genre has solidly established itself and is enjoying great prestige, with titles like The Science of Sleep, by Michel Gondry, 13 (Tzameti), by Gela Babluani or Taxidermia, by György Pálfi.
- Oriental Film: Sitges 06 will once again highlight the importance of the genre from the East, including films in the official selection as well as dedicating a whole category to it with Orient Express. The Host, by Bon Joon-hogong or Time, by Kim Ki-Duk will be competing in Fantàstic.
- Animation: With an increasingly greater presence at international competitions, animation has, in addition to its prominence in the Anima't category, a specific role in the official selection, with films like Princess, by Anders Morgentahler or Renaissance, by Christian Volckman.
- National Films: Once again this competition will include eagerly awaited works by national filmmakers like Los Abandonados, by Nacho Cerdá; La hora Fría, by Elio Quiroga and the co-production The Ungodly, with the participation of Catalan producer Jordi Rediu.
-Fantasy genre for television: Given the quality of these productions, the fantasy genre transcends screening mediums with important proposals for cinema, television, computer, game consoles, cell phones and multimedia devices. Two of the films from the collection Masters of Horror: Homecoming, by Joe Dante and Cigarette Burns by John Carpenter will be participating in the official selection.

Official Première will be presenting, out of competition, important American and European productions that will be premiering soon, outstanding films like The Wicker Man, by Neil LaBute; A Scanner Darkly, by Richard Linklater or the Spanish La Caja Kovak, by Daniel Monzón.

Noves Visions continues in the line of movies that are markedly from the fantasy genre, using new formats and very daring narratives. Such is the case with Avida, by Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern or Interkosmos, by Jim Finn.

Orient Express, dedicated to Asian genre film, will be including titles like Election II, by Johnnie To; Re-cycle, by the Pang Brothers or Dragon Tigre Gate, by Wilson Yip. In addition, we will be programming a special on Bollywood movies, with the screening of Camino a Bollywood, in collaboration with the Catalan company 16:9 and the blockbuster Paheli, that will be attended by some it its actors and actresses.

Europa Imaginària will once again review the best classic films in European cinema, in this case with the leitmotif of mythologies, bringing us classic movies like Lancelot du Lac, by Robert Bresson; Parsifal, by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg or Perceval de Gallois, by Eric Rohmer. In addition to other films that are closer to genre fans, like Ulisse, by Mario Camerini or Maciste all'Inferno, by Ricardo Freda and other lesser-known ones like The Tales of Hoffman, de Michael Powell.

Anima't will be demonstrating this genre's great production and will be dedicating a retrospective to classic Czech and Slovakian animation.

Catalan Focus will be presenting the best and most recent in Catalan audiovisual production and the Nova Autoria section will be backing new creators, with sponsorship of the SGAE (General Society of Authors and Writers).

Seven Chances will be showing again seven auteur films chosen by well-known critics.

Brigadoon will be celebrating Star Trek's 40th Anniversary and will also be paying tribute to Bela Lugosi. In addition, it will be presenting the Spanish production V de Vicioso, the homage to this 80's cult series and will be giving the honorary Brigadoon Nosferatu award to Catalan actor Víctor Israel.

Among the acknowledgments the festival dedicates each year to outstanding names from the fantasy genre, we already know the names of some of them that will be receiving the Màquina del Temps Award:
- Alejandro Jodorowsky: This tribute will include a performance of Cabaret Místico plus the screening of The Gopher and The Holy Mountain, in their restored versions.
- Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa will be the object of a retrospective in Orient Express that will include the premiere of Retribution. Coinciding in our review of his filmography will be one of his movies, Kairo, and its American remake, Pulse, directed by Jim Sonzero (Official Première).

The Third Edition of the Sitges Sales Office, the industry's meeting point at the Festival, will be open on the 6, 7 and 8 of October. An initiative of Catalan Films & TV, the Sitges Sales Office was devised as the perfect showcase for recent Catalan audiovisual productions, as well as for all Spanish distribution companies.

Sitges 06 will be dedicating a very special memorial to Toni Galindo, designer of the festival's posters, deceased this year; to Catalan director Joaquim Jordá, who recently passed away, and to Richard Fleischer, one of the most emblematic directors in fantasy film.

The Carnet Jove Jury, organized in collaboration with the Secretaria General de Joventut de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonian government's youth department), will be presenting the Award for Best Motion Picture in the Fantàstic category and from among the festival's late-night screenings, Midnight X-Treme. We are currently involved with the process of selecting judges from among all the candidates that applied.

The image of the festival's 39th edition is dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Blue Velvet, was designed by Art&Maña.





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