‘Halloween’ and ’70 Binladens’ steal the limelight in the Official Selection & the Órbita Section
Today, Ed Harris picked up the baton from Peter Weir and became the Festival’s media focus on a day when Sitges’ audience surrendered to the actor’s charm at a multitudinous convo. In addition, there was the screening of Halloween –the long-awaited sequel of the cult film directed by John Carpenter– and the presentation of 70 Binladens (70 Big Ones), with its director Koldo Serra and most of the artistic crew. The day also had its most emotional moment with the presentation of the Honorary María Award to Josep Maria Queraltó, one of the most important film collectors in Europe.
A few days ago the Prado celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Sitges Festival screening. Yesterday, during the screening of The Truman Show, attended as spectators by both Australian director Peter Weir and actor Ed Harris, the entire audience experienced one of the most exciting moments at this 51st Festival. This morning the actor was practically converted into a deity at the encounter he held with the press and the public. “For me, acting is a way of life and of seeing the world, of existing in it. It makes me grow, not so much artistically, but as a human being”, the star of Abyss commented to press. Charming and professional, Harris said he was “honored by the Festival’s invitation and for receiving the Grand Honorary Award”, our most important prize which will be presented to him at tomorrow’s closing gala ceremony.
It’s been 40 years now since Laurie Strode –played by a splendid Jamie Lee Curtis– was saved by the psychopath Michael Myers in the legendary Halloween. During this time, the killer was fantasizing with the perfect revenge while incarcerated in a detention center. This year, the two of them are the stars of the saga’s reboot directed by David Gordon Green. Halloween, whose executive producers are actress Jamie Lee Curtis and the master of horror John Carpenter, was seen out of competition in the Official Selection.
Also presented was 70 Binladens, the long-awaited return of filmmaker Koldo Serra, following The Backwoods and Guernica. The film –a thriller starring Emma Suárez, Hugo Silva and Nathalie Poza in the main roles and produced by Carolina Bang and Nahikari Ipiña– tells the story of Raquel, a woman who, in order to solve her daughter’s complicated situation, urgently needs 35,000 euros, in other words, 70 five-hundred euro bills, these Binladens that the film’s title refers to because they exist, but no one has ever seen them. “I’ve seen tons of hold-up movies”, commented the Basque director, “but my idea was for the film to be more similar to La Estanquera de Vallecas than “Inside Man”.
As far as awards go, today the Honorary María was presented to Josep María Queraltó, a member of the European Film Academy, the Spanish Academy of Film Arts and Sciences and Honorary Member of the Catalan Film Academy. Queraltó is one of the most important film material collectors in Europe. Born in Vallbona de les Monges (Urgell), over almost 40 years he has put together over 20,000 pieces related to cinematic techniques.
Today was the day that Australian filmmaker Peter Weir had a convo with Sitges’ audience and that the FNAC Marquee held two of its most multitudinous presentations. On the one hand, actress and producer Traci Lords and, on the other, the presentation of the official book of the 51st Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, entitled Michele Soavi, cineasta de lo macabre (Michele Soavi, Filmmaker of the Macabre), released by the Hemernaute Publishing House. And today was also the day that YouTuber Ismael Prego (Wismichu) had his moment of glory at the Festival during the presentation of his first work as a director, Bocadillo. “The world, today, is measured by followers and not by each person’s talent. It reminds me of an episode from the series Black Mirror”, Wismichu commented to the press, before the film’s screening.
Tonight, when the sun goes down and the moon appears closer in the sky, the Festival’s eagerly awaited gastronomic event will take place: the Sitges Bacanal, a proposal that moves from Baroque to the space age. The dinner is being held at the Hotel ME Terramar by Meliá and bears the hallmark of chefs Oriol Castro and Dani Aguilar.