Kike Maíllo returns to Sitges with the world premiere of 'A Perfect Enemy'
In the Blood Red Carpet session, David Matamoros, Luci Lenox, Juana Acosta and Luka Peros discussed 'How much is an actor worth’?
The crew from A Perfect Enemy presented the international adaptation of Amélie Nothomb's bestseller of the same name in Sitges with a photo call, press conference and red carpet. Feature debuts continue to shine brightly in the Festival's different sections with Superdeep and Honeydew. In the official in competition selection, the eagerly awaited She Dies Tomorrow. Sitges 2020 kicks off its last weekend with premieres and new developments to continue surprising and entertaining all fantastic genre fans.
At an edition where Catalan and Spanish films are having a very prominent role, today was the presentation of A Perfect Enemy, the latest release from Catalan director Kike Maíllo. The film is a co-production between Spain, France and Germany and has an international cast including Tomasz Kot (Cold War), Athena Strates (The Good Liar), Marta Nieto (Mother) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). The film, which is part of the Official in competition selection, adapts the novel Cosmétique de l’ennemi, by Belgian author Amélie Nothomb, which has been translated into 24 languages and sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. The film revolves around the story of Jeremiasz Angust, a successful architect who misses his flight because of a mysterious young woman who suddenly approaches him. The two characters will strike up a conversation that grows increasingly more bizare until becoming something sinister and criminal. This is the third feature film by Kike Maíllo, who opened Sitges 2011 with Eva and won the Goya Award for Best New Director. A Perfect Enemy is his first international production, for which he once again relied on a technical crew made up mostly of professionals trained at the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya/Catalan School of Film and Audiovisuals).
At this morning's press conference at the Festival, attended by Kike Maillo, the producer Toni Carrizosa and two of the film's stars, the South African actress Athena Strates and the Polish actor Tomasz Kot, they explained the process of adapting a bestseller to the big screen, according to the personal cinematographic vision of the director, who received the approval of the book's author. "It's a good thing that the viewer who is already familiar with the novel sees certain differences with the film. I'm not very fond of adaptations that are too faithful and I think you need to be a little unfaithful to the original work," said Maíllo. The idea of the past that colors our present is the essence of this film. "This psychological thriller deals with the ghosts of the past, but past and present can't be disassociated. The film takes place in an airport that speaks of travelers who carry their problems inside their suitcases. You can run away to wherever you want, make your getaway, but you can't run away from yourself". The actors also discussed their performances and the role of improvisation within a very structured and clearly laid out screenplay, with an international cast featuring Athena Strata as the only person in the cast with English as their mother tongue. "Kike let me play my character with dynamism and having a good time and this freedom can be seen in the final result". In this regard, Tomasz Kot emphasized this opportunity to improvise in a sequence that he did with Strata in a 25-minute static shot of a conversation that was quite an experience for the entire film crew.
Also in the Official in competition Selection today was the presentation of the apocalyptic She Dies Tomorrow by filmmaker Amy Seimetz, one of the most ubiquitous faces in independent cinema, where she turns the existential crisis into a pandemic, both paralyzing and liberating at the same time, giving shape to one of the most audacious apocalyptic allegories in recent times. At a special screening in the Official Selection, the world premiere of Superdeep was presented. the feature debut of Russian filmmaker Arseny Sukha, a film set in 1984 in the Arctic Circle, 12,000 meters underground, where the largest secret laboratory in the Soviet Union is located. The Panorama Fantàstic featured another debut, Honeydew, Devereux Milburn's first feature length film, which is presented as a twisted version of Hansel and Gretel, selected at the Tribeca festival, and where hospitality has a super sinister side, and the menu isn't suitable for sensitive stomachs.