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Ron Perlman & Pam Grier bring action and complicity to the Festival

'Apostle', 'La Sombra de la Ley' (Gun City) and 'Climax' were the three Official Selection options

Sitges 2018 started in on its second day with actor Ron Perlman, who opened the Sitges Pitchbox program included in the Festival’s activities dedicated to the industry. In addition, after the intense emotions experienced at the opening gala ceremony, today’s spotlight fell on the world premiere of La Sombra de la Ley (Gun City), by director Dani de la Torre, and the European premiere of the Netflix production Apostle. Meanwhile, today will be closing to the rhythm of Gaspar Noé and his latest cinematic provocation, (Climax) and the presentation of the Time Machine Award to actress Pam Grier, one of the great divas of action movies.

Actor Ron Perlman, immortalized thanks to his starring role in Hellboy –the film directed by Guillermo del Toro– took up the baton from the Mexican filmmaker as master of ceremonies for the sessions dedicated to the industry. The wonderful thing about my trade is being able to make the world we live in a little better during the two hours a movie lasts”, he commented during Sitges Pitchbox’s opening event. Taking place immediately afterwards was the meeting Cryptocurrency in the Entertainment Industry, brought to us by Slate –one of the Festival’s main sponsors, along with Moritz–, XYZ Films and Perlman himself. The American actor concluded his day by receiving the Time Machine Award at the Meliá Auditori, right before the screening the action movie Asher, which he stars in.

Action movies were featured on the Festival’s second day. Director Dani de la Torre, along with most of the artistic crew from La Sombra de la Ley (Gun City), paraded down a busy Red Carpet. “I felt really drawn to the possibility of telling our own gangster story”, Dani de la Torre commented before the film’s official presentation. The movie, which had its world premiere in Sitges, is set in 1920s Barcelona, and confirms its maker as one of the important new figures in national action movies.

Today the Festival’s Official Selection also offered the European premiere of the Netflix production Apostle, directed by the action genre specialist Gareth Evans. “After shooting three consecutive martial arts movies, I needed to do something different” Evans commented. And that he did. After dazzling us with his diptych The Raid and The Raid 2, the Welsh filmmaker presented a story of rescue, revenge, and redemption set in the early 20th century, where action gives way to horror.

The most exciting moment arrived with the director of Argentinean origin, living in France, Gaspar Noé, always on the verge of controversy, who presented, in today’s in competitionun poco mejor"ide hoy. fincado en Francia se ha mostrado samo de Secciimos sea un poco mejor"i Official Selection, Climax, a visual, sensorial and lysergic festival to the rhythm of urban dance: I had a lot of fun... We had a lot of fun making the film. We improvised and at the end, I found I had a ton of filmed material, the filmmaker stated at this morning’s press conference. Gaspar Noé attended the official presentation of his movie accompanied by 10 of the dancers who participated in the film and who, along with the director, will be the hosts of the party at Sweet Pacha in Sitges following the film’s screening.

This second day glowed with the presence of the legendary Pam Grier, receiving the Time Machine Award directly from Ángel Sala, the Festival Director. Grier attracted all the flashes during her Photocall and was congenial and extroverted with the press. Today was also the opening of the exhibitions A Thousand Screams in the Night, at the Miramar Cultural Center, and Tribute to Pepe Carvalho, in the Can Rocamora Room at the Cau Ferrat and the Maricel Museum.

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