15-10-2020 19:30

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Three European feature debuts take center stage in the official in competition selection

The Swarm, 'Mosquito State and ‘The Last Journey of Paul W. R.', three powerful new feature debuts among the highlights of the Festival's eighth day

This morning the Festival announced new measures and modifications to guarantee the Festival's continuation until Sunday

This year, and more than ever, the Festival is committed to new filmmakers with their own voice in fantastic genre. Romain Quirot, Just Philippot and Filip Jan Rymsza presented their feature film debuts. In Noves Visions, the controversial Bruce LaBruce (L.A. Zombie) is back in action with Saint-Narcisse, an intimist film with touches of comedy.  Alberto de Toro explained the secrets of editing in the master class: From the editing to the direction of ‘Malnazidos’. And there was also space for reflection and debate on the value of culture with the presentation of PROA's "Business Growth" award and the round table: The Price of Culture as part of the Sitges Film Hub.

The Festival has always played an essential role as a showcase for new talent in the field of genre cinema and there are numerous examples throughout its history. And today was one of those special days where three representatives of the present and future of genre made their feature film debut and explained the secrets of their work at a press conference to the accredited media outlets.

This morning at 10:30 am, French director Romain Quirot, accompanied by actor Hugo Becker, presented the world premiere of The Last Journey of Paul W. R at the Festival. The disappearance of the only astronaut capable of saving Planet Earth is the starting point of this science fiction film that features veteran Jean Reno in its cast.  In Quirot's words: "The film is a reflection on childhood and how a child sees the world. Like in The Little Prince a child's way of seeing things is different", in a film that also has a subtle ecological message of wanting to save the planet.

Next, Just Philippot, director of The Swarm, spoke about the keys and references of this very peculiar horror drama where a grasshopper plague becomes the main character. In order to save her farm from bankruptcy, a single mother raises edible grasshoppers. She develops a strange obsessive attachment to them that will lead her to confront the local farmers and her own children, who no longer recognize her. This young Frenchman's film was presented in Sitges 2020's official in competition selection with great anticipation among genre fans.

The last ones to talk about insect plagues and obsessions today were the director and the actress of Mosquito State, the Polish film by Filip Jan Rymsza starring Charlotte Vega. In this feature debut that swings between drama and terror with touches of Cronenberg, an obsessive Wall Street data analyst finds similar patterns between his computer models and the mosquitoes in his apartment. Before the accredited media outlets, Filip Jan Rymsza spoke about the origins and motivations of this personal debut in feature length film: "I conceived it as a parable. At first I wanted it to be realistic, but during the process it began to take the shape of a parable or fable; a sort of magical realism".

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