M. Night Shyamalan & John Carpenter bring Sitges 2018 to a golden finale
The screening of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey brings eleven days of cinema, encounters and exhibitions its close
The 51st Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, beneath the shadow of Stanley Kubrick’s monolith, had its grand finale at the Closing Gala Ceremony, where awards were presented to M. Night Shyamalan and Ed Harris in recognition of their life achievement and their contribution to fantastic genre. Before the presentation of these two awards and the other prizes for the winners of Sitges 2018, the Festival had yet another amazing moment with the eagerly awaited concert by the master of horror, John Carpenter, who also shared a Convo with his fans. The Festival, that began its journey in the Discovery I powerfully, will be reaching its final destination tomorrow with a varied and polyhedral offering of marathons.
M. Night Shyamalan, Ed Harris and John Carpenter. Three huge stars brought this 51st year to a close, one where illustrious guests like Tilda Swinton, Nicolas Cage, Pam Grier, Peter Weir and Ron Perlman have paraded down the streets of Sitges. The director of The Sixth Sense presented a premiere of his new movie, Glass, to the audience and press. Shyamalan received the Festival’s Grand Honorary Award during the Closing Gala Ceremony. A gala where the same award was also presented to actor Ed Harris, who thrilled everyone yesterday during every encounter he had with fans, audiences and the press.
One of the essential figures in cult horror movies from the paste few decades, John Carpenter, was another of the star guests of the day at Sitges 2018, where he displayed his talent as a soundtrack composer. The scores to The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness and many other films –as well as Halloween– submerged fans in Carpenter’s unique universe, in a Meliá Sitges Auditorium that was also fitted out today as a concert venue.
The Sitges Festival put an end to one of the most fantastic years in its story with the screening of a legendary title in Stanley Kubrick’s career, 2001: A Space Odyssey. What to say about 2001? Half a century after its premiere, the words have still not been found that could possibly do justice to this milestone that marked a turning point in the history of cinema, in the science fiction genre, and in 20th century culture. An absolute masterpiece, that continues to invite viewers to (re)discover it with new eyes. The film was screened today following the Closing Gala Ceremony, in its most recent 4K restoration.
Tomorrow, as the grand finale of these intense ten days, the Festival presents its traditional marathons in all four of its theaters –Auditori Meliá, Tramuntana Room, Retiro and Prado–, while Slatix Samsung Cocoon and Brigadoon will be continuing with their lineups.
In this home stretch of Sitges 2018, Festival Director Ángel Sala, received a moving letter of recognition from the president of Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, presently incarcerated in Lledoners, where he congratulated him for this year’s excellent results and highlights the “humanizing power of culture”. Sala responded to his warm missive referring to the “unjust and illogical situation” that Cuixart is experiencing, stressing the need to “weave alliances in order to strengthen consensus in cultural, socials and collective rights terrains”.