The Festival acknowledges the life achievement of actresses Josie Ho and Helga Liné
The world presentation of the long awaited animation series on Movistar + Virtual Hero, along with the productions Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House stole the spotlight among Sitges’ audience on the fourth day of the Festival. Meanwhile, Sitges presented awards to two great stars, actresses Helga Liné and Josie Ho. After receiving the Grand Honorary Award yesterday, actor Nicolas Cage was the main attraction in an encounter with his fans. And that’s the magic of Sitges, embracing from the world’s biggest stars to emerging talent still looking to find their place.
“With films like Guardians of the Galaxy or Avengers: Infinity War, how could teen audiences not be interested in cinema? We’re interested and very much so”. With these words, Rubius, the most internationally successful Spanish YouTuber and one of the most followed in the world, kicked off the presentation of Virtual Hero, the original Movistar + series, in collaboration with Zeppelin and Grupo Planeta. On the Meliá Auditori’s screen, the audience got the chance to see the first three episodes of the animated series that will be broadcast starting October 12th, that Rubius has been working on for the last few years with director Alexis Barroso, illustrator Lolita Aldea and screenwriter Juan Torres. In the afternoon, actors Ross Lynch and Kiernan Shipka, stars of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, paraded down a busy Red Carpet, for a new Serial Sitges screening, where we also got a chance to see the European première of the first episode of The Haunting of Hill House, both original Netflix productions.
If late Saturday night Irish director Ailin Clark presented The Devil’s Doorway, one of this year’s most interesting horror movies, today two other women shined in Sitges. Actress, singer and producer Josie Ho, one of the most relevant figures in the Hong Kong film industry in the last few decades, received the Time Machine Award from Mike Hostench, the Festival’s Deputy Director, during the celebration of the traditional Hong Kong Trade Development Council cocktail in the Hotel Meliá garden. Immediately afterwards, Helgá Liné, the German actress residing in España since the sixties as a national fantastic genre figure with films like Horror Express or Horror Rises from the Tomb, received the Nosferatu Award, that exemplifies the Brigadoon section.
Featured in today’s movie section was the presentation, in the Official Selection, of David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, a director who revolutionized horror with It Follows at Sitges 2014, and who now gains traction as a cult filmmaker with a paranoidal thriller set in Los Angeles and starring Andrew Garfield. Meanwhile, Pascal Laugier, the French filmmaker who shocked Sitges in 2008 with Martyrs –a film that was screened late Saturday night at the Prado–, presented Ghostland also in the Official Selection, a visceral horror film with psychopaths where nothing is what it seems and where women are featured once again. In this regard, at his meeting with the press the director commented that it’s very easy for him to create female characters: “when I write, I always think about female characters, it’s easy for me to project myself in them and that’s how I investigate the enigma enclosed in women”. In the Seven Chances section, Alex Proyas, the Australian director of cult films like The Crow or Dark City, presented the restored version of his debut film at the Prado Theater, Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989).
And once again, Nicolas Cage was the big star today when he was featured in an encounter with his fans where he described his genuine vision of cinema. Today was also the moment for One Cut of the Dead, a low budget Japanese film that was applauded at all screenings where it was shown. And that’s Sitges 2018. This Festival really is all that: a showcase for the imagination.