The Grand Honorary Award presented to Mamoru Hosoda and Phil Tipett's demential 'Mad God' place animation at the epicenter of Sitges
Filmmakers Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Paula Ortiz, Rodrigo Cortés and Paco Plaza presented their four episodes of 'Historias para no dormir' today.
The Scandinavian Lamb touched the hearts of Sitges' audiences this Sunday with a sad and disturbing story close to folk horror that touches on the anxieties of parenthood. Actress Noomi Rapace, already present yesterday in Sitges for the screening of The Trip, accompanied director Valdimir Johansson at the presentation of the film for a packed Auditori. Also screened in the Official In Competition Selection today was one of this year's most eagerly awaited films, Mad God, the new work by animation and special effects genius Phil Tipett, an experimental film that the director spent over 30 years working on to create a universe of monsters and mad scientists. Following in this line of animation is 'Belle', directed by the award-winning Mamoru Hosoda, another exciting master class from the master of animation who explores (as usual in his filmography) the space between the fantastic and the virtual world.
Precisely Hosoda himself appeared at a press conference to comment on the Grand Honorary Award that he received later in the Auditori from Festival Director Ángel Sala. The Japanese filmmaker talked about Belle, a revisiting of the classic Beauty and the Beast, as "a film that deals with two realities, ours and the virtual one, two worlds that are becoming increasingly closer" and he added: "I just hope that the new generations will be able to coexist with this virtuality in the healthiest way possible." The director also mentioned some of his models in Western animation, including Irish animator Tomm Moore, pointing out "his ability to work independently with such high quality creations."
Spanish production was also featured this Sunday with the presentation of the four directors and a significant part of the cast from the remake of the genius Chicho Ibáñez Serrador's Historias para no dormir. Filmmakers Rodrigo Cortés (La broma), Paula Ortiz (El asfalto), Rodrigo Sorogoyen (El doble) and Paco Plaza (Freddy) shared their impressions on Chicho's contribution to horror moviemaking and the process of creating the project. Paco Plaza, who considers the creator of The House that Screamed as a "virtuoso of cinematic language", stated that one of the objectives of his episode was "to turn Chicho into a fictional character" and that what he valued most was "how he himself questioned the result of the episode, something unthinkable in today's times of hyperbole and autofellatio". Regarding the pressure of updating material that was as well established as the original series, Rodrigo Cortés pointed out that: "Instead of feeling that we are in Chicho's shadow, I prefer to think that we are under his umbrella. This project allows us to repay him with our material as a form of gratitude and a sense of tribute”.
Following in the wake of Spanish Fantastic, the new 4K restored version of an emblematic work in Spanish fantastic genre, The Day of the Beast, was screened this morning at a special showing, a few days before its re-release in theaters. Its director, Álex de la Iglesia, presented the film and participated in a Q & A following the screening.
As for today in Brigadoon, it's important to mention the presentation of TAC (Terror Around Catalonia) 2021, an association that brings together film festivals in Catalonia dedicated to fantastic and horror genres, and the tribute to Norman J. Warren with the screening of Inseminoid, a 1981 B-movie classic by a British filmmaker known for his work on Satan's Slave, Her Private Hell and Bloody New Year.
Today's industry sessions were marked by the Encounters with the award-winning composer Roque Baños and Sunday's featured director, Mamoru Hosoda. There was also a presentation of Catalunya Radio's podcast: La Torre de Vidre ('The Glass Tower'), as well as a talk by the Sao Paulo Film Commission: 'Brazil, a fantastic opportunity for you', conducted by producer and director Nelson Botter Jr. Regarding fantastic literature, a signing of Rodrigo Cortés' Los años extraordinarios ('The Extraordinary Years') took place today in the FNAC marquee, and the books Brujas blancas, hadas negras ('White Witches, Black Fairies') by Gemma Solsona and the book + DVD 40 años de viaje al más allá ('40 Years of Journey to the Beyond') by Diego Peñalver and Sebastià D'Arbó were also presented.