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'The Walking Dead' and 'The House that Jack Built' are huge sensation at Sitges 2018

Binge, the VOD platform using blockchain technology, celebrate their sponsorship agreement with the Festival

Greg Nicotero was the star of the Festival’s fifth day. Today, the FX specialist and producer presents, in its world premiere, the ninth season of the series The Walking Dead. On a day when Binge and Slate, one of the Festival’s two main sponsors, held a convo with guests, industry and press. In addition, the Sitges 2018 Official Selection presented the Argentinean film Animal, as well as The House that Jack Built, by the always unsettling filmmaker Lars von Trier.

At this stage, there’s no longer any doubt that Greg Nicotero is one of the great fantastic genre film figures. Producer, director and occasional actor, Nicotero began to build his career as a makeup effects specialist with George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985), under the tutelage of maestro Tom Savini. Ever since then, the special effects for a myriad of fantastic genre movies have passed through his hands, with cult films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) or Hostel (2005) and, above all, in recent years, his work on The Walking Dead, one of the series with the most fans in the world. Today, in Sitges, Nicotero presents the world premiere of the first episode of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, where the specialist performs the duties of co-executive producer, supervisor of special effects and occasional director of some of the episodes.

Also today in Sitges, Binge –the video on demand service using blockchain technology–and Slate –the cryptocurrency ticketing platform–, one of the Festival’s two main sponsors, celebrated there agreement at a meeting joined by the film competition’s talents, the industry and the accredited press. The Slate Entertainment Group (SEG) is having a strong presence during the Festival, conducting panels on blockchain revolving around their platforms and the way this new technology is revolutionizing the production and distribution of audiovisual content on a global scale.

The significant presence of Latino American cinema this year was highlighted today with the presentation of the Spanish-Argentinean co-production Animal, Armando Bo’s second feature length film, following his debut movie The Last Elvis, and which is competing in the Official Selection. Also in this section, but out of competition, moviegoers got the chance to see the latest work by the always interesting Danish director Lars von Trier, The House that Jack Built, an ironic twist on serial killer stories, which reflects on art and violence. Presented in the Panorama Fantàstic section was Parallel, the first English-speaking film by Isaac Ezban, director of The Incident (2014) and The Similars (2015), pieces that were also screened in Sitges. And taking place in the Noves Visions section was the presentation of the film The Invocation of Enver Simaku, by up and coming director Marco Lledó Escartín, a story about phantasmagorical video recordings, police files and visions of the Beyond.

And meanwhile, today the parallel activities continued, both in the Sitges Film Hub, where there was a debate on the importance of film festivals and where the taxation guide How Much does it Cost to Make a Movie? was presented; and in the FNAC Marquee, where Minotauro Games’ new collection was announced, and a convo was held with Pablo Tébar, author of the novel Nieve en Marte (Snow on Mars), winner of the 2017 Minotauro Award.

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