Titane', by Julia Ducournau, and 'The Trip', by Tommy Wirkola, among the latest and most eagerly awaited confirmations
The Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia presents a galvanic and boiling hot lineup of new projects at its 54th edition. A total of 169 films that can be enjoyed from October 7 to 17, with a prominent female vision of genre, and the proposal of a debate on the limits of contents and new forms in fantastic films. There's just one month to go before the Auditori, Retiro, Prado, Tramuntana and Escorxador theaters are full again. The 54th edition will be accompanied by the howling of the wolf man and other creatures of the night, inner beasts and the latest films to emerge from the very bowels of fantastic genre.
One of the films that couldn't be absent among the latest additions to the 54th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia was Titane, the 2021 Cannes Palme d'Or winner. Its director, Julia Ducournau, visited Sitges back in 2016 with Raw, a movie that garnered a total of three different awards at the film competition. Her new and explosive project tells the story of a father's reunion with his son, who had gone missing for ten years following a series of unexplained crimes. It stars Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh and Bertrand Bonello.
Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, director of the Dead Snow movies, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and What Happened to Monday, returns to Sitges with The Trip. A black comedy about Lars and Lisa (Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie), a couple going through a marital crisis who decide to get away to a cabin in the woods for a weekend and try to find a chance to make a fresh start. As soon as the other one is dead, that is.
In the realm of TV series, The North Water, a BBC production that can be seen on Movistar+ in October, will be premiering its first episode in Sitges. Starring Colin Farrell and Jack O'Connell, it is the adaptation of a 19th-century novel about a doctor going through a crisis who signs up to work on a whaler where he will come face-to-face with a psycho-killer.
We will also be able to see the necessary revival of one of the great masterpieces of Spanish film, Strange Voyage, Sitges' contribution to the 100-year anniversary of Fernando Fernán Gómez, a man of total cinema whose vocation for the imaginary has yet to be discovered. And we couldn't forget to pay tribute to the quarter century of The Day of the Beast, in a 4K restored copy.
The recognition of genre films produced in Catalonia will be part of "Catalunya Imaginaria", with the screening of the masterful The Lady of the Dawn, by Rovira Beleta, and the enigmatic La banyera, by Jesús Garay.
This section is celebrating its 35th anniversary and has programmed several premieres, including the Catalan films Volpini, directed by Pere Koniec, about a summer of heartbreak and witchcraft, and El hijo del hombre perseguido por un OVNI, by Juan Carlos Olaria, sequel to the film of the same name, directed by himself in 1976. The horror and satanic cult film Bienvenidos al infierno, by Argentine filmmaker Jimena Monteoliva, will also be screened as part of Brigadoon.