The Festival explores the magic behind the fantastic genre
Serial Sitges screens two episodes of the AMC series ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ and prepares the premier of ‘Fargo’ (T2) for tomorrow
Sitges 2015 enshrines the master of special makeup effects, Rick Baker, who received today the Time Machine Award and gave a master class for all attendees. The Festival’s Day 4 brought the eagerly awaited premiere of the latest work from Gaspar Noé, Love 3D, outstanding productions like Maggie or Bone Tomahawk and the latest features from the series universe in the Serial Sitges section.
It often occurs that stories and the specialists behind movies become famous thanks to their talent or the fascination they produce. Precisely today at the Sitges – International Fantastic Films Festival of Catalonia featured the legendary special makeup effects artist Rick Baker. Baker, winner of seven Academy Awards for Best Makeup, was presented with the Time Machine Award, in recognition of his masterful lifetime achievement. At the press conference, Rick Baker reviewed some of his most memorable works, like American Werewolf, Star Wars, Hellboy or the music video Thriller. Baker commented that “the work that I feel most satisfied with is what I did in Harry and the Hendersons”, but “I’m really critical with all of my work and when I finish something, I always see things that I think I could have done better”, he added. In addition, the Festival’s audience had the privilege of attending a master class where the famous makeup specialist shared and commented on numerous pictures of his work.
Another important name on the other side of the cameras is Dave Prowse, the actor behind the Darth Vader mask in Star Wars, who visited the Festival today to talk about the original documentary he stars in, I am your father (Panorama Documenta), a Catalan co-production, directed by Toni Bestard and Marcos Cabotà, that tells the story of Prowse’s personal adventure in the original trilogy of the legendary galactic saga. Precisely because of his special contribution to a phenomenon in the history of fantastic genre like Star Wars, today a grateful and thrilled David Prowse received the Festival’s Honorary Maria Award.
And today Zombies returned to Sitges thanks to the Serial Sitges section, which screened, in the Tramuntana Room, episodes 5 and 6 plus an exclusive making of, of the AMC series Fear The Walking Dead, a series that tells the story of the beginning of the living dead apocalypse experienced in The Walking Dead. In addition, tomorrow Serial Sitges will host the premiere of the first episode of the second season of Fargo, that will be previewed at the Festival before it will be broadcast on TV by Movistar+. T2 of Fargo is the eagerly awaited return of one of the big award winning series at the latest Emmy and Golden Globe Award and is bases on the film directed by the Coen Brothers (also producers of the series). In addition, series lovers won’t want to miss the preview of the second season of The Knick (Saturday 17, in the Tramuntana Room), which can also be seen at the Festival before it’s broadcast on TV, also thanks to Movistar+.
Today Gaspar Noé presented, in the Auditori at Hotel Melià, the long awaited and controversial Love 3D, a 3D experiment in pornographic romanticism that was already highly controversial at the Cannes Festival. On the other hand, today the numerous crew from The Corpse of Anna Fritz presented their film at a press conference, where its director, Héctor Hernández, stated that he’s fascinated by films that take place in a single space, “although that’s a question which also adds enormous difficulty”, he pinpointed. Actress Alba Ribas, who plays the deceased Anna Fritz, pointed out how hard here role was, and that she perfected it “with many rehearsals and a doctor’s advice”.
Charismatic Japanese director Sion Sono, winner of the Time Machine Award yesterday, appeared today for the media outlets to comment on the three films he’s presenting at the 48th Films Festival –Tag, Love & Peace and The Virgin Psychics. Sono explained that he wrote the screenplay for Love & Peace 25 ago and that it’s a very special project that he loves. On the other hand, Sono also stated that the “Japanese audience and this one react very differently to my films; that don’t really like them so much in Japan and that’s why I really value the audience here, because you truly do like this kind of cinema”.
Day 4 of this 48th edition also served to discover the American movie Maggie, by Henry Hobson, a dark, melancholic film starring an unusual Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. In addition, director S. Craig Zahler, and producer Gregory Zuk present Bone Tomahawk, a western, with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox, that later becomes an exquisite horror movie.
The 48th Film Festival is continuing at a fantastic pace. According to the latest data updates, (until yesterday, the night of Sunday 11), the Festival has sold 51,882, 12,43% more in comparison with last year. To this number it must be added the 14,552 tickets corresponding to passes and packs.
PHOTO 1: Rick Baker PHOTO 2: Photocall I am your father PHOTO 3: Gaspar Noé