19-07-2016 22:00


Sitges 2016 will be bursting with the latest and most innovative genre cinema

The new lineup additions include films announcing new fantastic trends

The 49th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia continues to chalk up titles. This evening, Festival Director Àngel Sala announced some of the new additions to Sitges 2016 in a conversation with the public at the Fàbrica Moritz Brewery in Barcelona. Horror films and thrillers right out of the oven will be a part of the lineup during a Festival year marked by the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.


Asian cinema continues to delight genre lovers with the confirmation of three different films from Japan, Korea and China at Sitges 2016. The first of them is Creepy, a psychological thriller directed by Japanese Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a Festival regular with films like Journey to the Shore, Cure or Seventh Code. A retired cop goes back to investigating when an ex-colleague requests his assistance in solving a family’s disappearance. From South Korea comes Kim Seong-hun’s The Tunnel, the second film from the director of A Hard Day, also seen in Sitges. Our hero in this disaster drama is a man left trapped in a collapsed tunnel. One of history’s most violent manga comics, Gantz, will have a new and long-awaited adaptation (in this case, the story of the Osaka arc), that we’ll be able to enjoy in Sitges under the name Gantz: O, directed by Yasushi Kawamura using the computer animation technique. On a completely opposite note, Chinese film The Mermaid, directed by Stephen Chow, a movie full of absurd, hilarious humor that broke all box office records in its country, topping half a million dollars in proceeds for the very first time.


From the United States comes the independent horror production Anguish, Sonny Mallhi’s debut feature. A film that’s been compared to It Follows, not because of its storyline but its innovative, sophisticated side, which breaks new ground in genre cinema. A distressing drama revolving around a sixteen year old girl suffering from a multiple identity disorder. Another American film is Rupture, a science fiction thriller directed by Steven Shainberg (Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus) and starring Noomi Rapace, who plays a single mom trying to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.


More psychological horror with the British The Autopsy of Jane Doe, directed by André Øvredal, the Norwegian director who presented Troll Hunter in Sitges 2011. Two forensic doctors –father and son, played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch respectively– receive the body of a young woman who has been murdered in unknown circumstances. During their investigation they’ll discover increasingly bizarre signs, which will lead them to discover terrible secrets.


Finally also confirmed, and straight from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, is Psycho Raman, the Indian film by Anurag Kashyap that follows the life of serial killer Ramanna in present day Mumbai, inspired by the real life murderer from the 1960’s, Raman Raghav. A drug addict cop investigates the case.


Sitges 2016 –a year focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek saga– has already announced some of its main award winners: veteran actor Max von Sydow will receive the Grand Honorary Award; Bruce Campbell, Paul Schrader, Walter Koenig and Barbara Crampton will acknowledged with the Time Machine Award and Dolph Lundgren with the Honorary Maria Award. Among the most eagerly awaited movies that will be filling the lineup are 31, directed by Rob Zombie, who will be visiting Sitges along with Sheri Moon Zombie; Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon; Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts; Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden; Mateo Gil’s Proyecto Lázaro; Emiliano Rocha’s Tenemos la carne, or David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, among more than forty previously announced titles.





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