Catalan fantasy travels to Mexico hand in hand with Sitges
The film competition will be screening four movies selected by the Sitges Festival and showcasing the exhibition ‘Cinema is Fantastic’
Catalonia will be the guest of honor at the upcoming Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), taking place from March 9th to 16th. This festival is the most important film event in Latin America and, on the occasion of the celebration of 50th anniversary of the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, will be welcoming screenings of Catalan fantastic films. In addition, it will be showcasing the exhibition Cinema is Fantastic, which was seen at the Catalonian Film Library and last year’s Sitges Film Festival. Catalan participation ispromoted by the Catalonian Generalitat, its autonomous government, through Catalan Films & TV and the Ramon Llull Institute.
Guadalajara has programmed the Catalan Film Sampler –which includes some of the year’s best Catalan films like Tierra Firme, Estiu 1993, Júlia ist or Brava, among many others– and the Sitges Festival will be there with a selection of fantastic genre movies. Three films presented at Sitges 2017: Black Hollow Cage, by Sadrac González-Perellón; Herederos de la Bestia, by David Pizarro & Diego López, and Matar a Dios, by Caye Casas & Albert Pintó. Closing the selection is the now classic Tras el Cristal, by Agustí Villaronga. More Catalan productions, documentaries and short films can be seen in other sections, or the film The Orphanage, also essential in Sitges’ history.
The exhibition Cinema is Fantastic, organized along with the Catalan Film Library and curated by Diego López, a programmer for Sitges and in charge of the Brigadoon section, will also have its own space in Guadalajara. The show will allow genre lovers to admire the film competition’s posters from its entire 50 year history, recognize some of its most illustrious guests, review some of the most outstanding films from these fifty years of lineups and discover some of the unseen and unheard images and anecdotes.
In addition, Catalan directors, actors and producers will also be present at the Mexican rendezvous in diverse festival sections as well as among the juries. Confirmed as jury members are Carla Simón, David Matamoros and Ventura Durall. Catalan directors Elena Martín, Carlos Marqués-Marcet, Jo Sol and Pau Faus, among others, will also be there. In addition, Adrià Guxens, a student at the ESCAC, has also been invited to be a jury member for the Mezcal Award.
The fact that Catalonia is the guest of honor at this film competition contributes enormously to the visibility of the Catalan film industry, as it allows the Catalan participants to be present in each and every one of the FICG’s sections: from the Catalan contemporary film sampler to the different official in competition and out of competition sections, and including their presence as juries and in the industry section’s different programs.