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The acclaimed horror film 'The Witch' to kick off Sitges 2015

First-time feature director Robert Eggers’ film was one of the big winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed in Spain by Universal Pictures International Spain.

Witchcraft, superstitions and paranormal phenomena permeate The Witch, the kick-off film at the 48th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, taking place this year from 9 to 18 October. Strengthening Sitges’ commitment to new genre talents and consolidating itself as the main showcase for the best and newest International fantastic genre cinema.

The American production The Witch is directed by first-time feature director Robert Eggers, who picked up the award for best filmmaker at the Sundance 2015, becoming one of the new directors making the biggest impact on the current fantastic cinema panorama.

The film, Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshaw, maintains the viewer in an oppressive nightmare atmosphere set in mid-17th century New England. A family of Christian settlers, made up of a married couple and their five children, lives near a forest that, according to popular belief, is controlled by a supernatural evil. When their newborn child disappears and their harvest fails, the family members begin to rebel against one another.

The Witch combines a vocation for classic horror cinema with historical speculation and family drama, while also digging into the roots of both the North American society’s religiousness and the nature of Evil. The Witch has obtained brilliant reviews from the top specialized media outlets as well as Variety, which compares it to genre classics like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with touches of Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, becoming one of this year’s most eagerly-awaited genre films, arriving in Spain with distribution by Universal Pictures International Spain.

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