Tilda Swinton and 'Suspiria' produce goose bumps on Sitges 2018?s opening day
The British actress receives the Grand Honorary Award at a moving opening gala ceremony
Not even Stanley Kubrick could have imagined such an elaborate script as the one Sitges prepared to open its 51st edition. Following a morning when children were the featured participants with the traditional screening of a film dedicated to local schools, the afternoon gave way to intense emotions and fantasy with the screening of Suspiria, the re-imaging of Dario Argento’s classic directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. The day was completed with the moment when British actress Tilda Swinton received the Grand Honorary Award, during the celebration of the opening gala ceremony with which Sitges 2018 initiated its space odyssey.
“It would be very nice if I could make children laugh”. These are the words of Stanley Kubrick. He pronounced them just a few months before his death, when he wanted to shoot his first movie for children. So it couldn’t be any other way than with the little ones that Sitges decided to open a year dedicated to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Festival’s first pictures were taken around 9:30, when the numerous group of children entered the Meliá Auditori, where the film The House with a Clock in Its Walls was screened.
Suspiria,the re-imaging of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), and Tilda Swinton were the big stars of the day.The movie, which officially opened the 51th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, is an exercise in style that stands out thanks to its great visual strength. A touched Tilda Swinton, present in Sitges’ fantastic imaginary since she starred in Orlando, received the Festival’s maximum prize, the Grand Honorary Award, from the hands of film director J.A. Bayona. And she confessed: “This is a very special day for me and I’m warning you, I might cry. I spent this last week by my father’s side because he was dying. He couldn’t talk, so as I sat there, I imagined what he might be thinking or fantasizing about. And I wondered if I would be able to come to this fantastic Festival I was invited to. And then it happened, he died this morning. I doubted whether to come or not, but I decided to go ahead because Sitges is Fantasy”
The day’s cinematic section was completed by the Spanish film Ánimas, the psychological horror thriller written and directed by Laura Alvea and José Ortuño, an adaptation of the novel by the same name written by José Ortuño that opened the Noves Visions section.
Five exhibitions opened their doors all throughout this first day. Sitges Director Sala attended the opening of the exhibit of drawings made by children from Sitges’ schools, located in the Municipal Market. In addition, the exhibition A Thousand Screams in the Night dedicated to genre films from the 60s and 70s also opened its doors, as did Psycho Killers Superstar - a Bloody Comic Tribute, coordinated by the filmmaker and writer Borja Crespo, the show paying tribute to Pepe Carvalho, and 2001 Sparkles in the Night.
Sitges 2018 has begun its space odyssey. 10 more days of fantasy still lie ahead aboard the Discovery I.