Sitges Heads into its Final Stretch with the Time Machine Award presented to Neill Blomkamp
The Festival increases its theater's seating capacity to 100% starting this Friday, October 15th
Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz returns to Sitges to present his new film, 'Inexorable', on the same day that the crews from 'Silent Night', 'The Blazing World', 'Chucky', 'Pennywise: the Story of It', 'Barbarians' and 'Jacinto' visit Sitges
The wolf's howl is starting to fade away; Sitges 2021 is nearing its end. But since there's no point in feeling sorry about it, we've made the most of the occasion to bring together on the same day many of our latest fantastic talents to take advantage of the remaining hours until the very end. Ahead of us, a weekend where there are still plenty of films to be discovered, like the premiere of Everyone Will Burn, Paco Plaza's La Abuela (The Grandmother), the joining of forces in Prisoners of the Ghostland between Japanese director Sion Sono and a Nicolas Cage who turned Sitges upside down with his visit in 2018, or the closing film featuring David Lowery's The Green Knight. So don't give up just yet, Sitges isn't over until the last seat in the last theater is empty:
Fabrice Du Welz's career is very closely tied to the history of the Sitges Film Festival. Since his debut with the perverse Calvairein 2004, the director has presented almost all of his films at the Festival, including his latest Inexorable, where a writer in search of inspiration moves into an old mansion with his family that begins to be hounded by a young woman fascinated by his literary work. This morning at a press conference, in response to a reflection made by the critic Desirée de Fez, present at the table with him, on the use of violence in his films, Du Welz explained: "Violence isn't a central theme for me, but rather love and the impossibility of being in a couple or alone. I'm interested in how we manage an impossibility that ends up generating this violence".
Another of today's main protagonists was Neill Blomkamp, who received the Time Machine Award prior to the screening of his new feature, Demonic, a film that deals with the subject of demonic possessions through virtual reality and new technologies, one of the main concerns of his filmmaking. Regarding the process of creating the film, Blomkamp explained: "It was a strange journey, different from what I've done so far, the pandemic put a stop to my work, and I had to reinvent myself. Demonic is completely financed by me and my brother, shot while in confinement and making the most of the resources I had at hand to explore the elements that interest me."
This afternoon, in the Tramuntana Room, a preview of Chucky was presented, the new series created and directed by Don Mancini himself, which is based on the film series of the same name and is completely independent of the 2019 reboot directed by Lars Klevberg. The screening was attended by actress Fiona Dourif, who not only has a role in the series, but is also the daughter of Brad Dourif, the actor who voices the sadistic doll, to participate in a Q&A with the audience attending the screening. Other outstanding productions were also presented today, including the preview of Jacinto, by Javi Camino, a director and screenwriter who has worked on numerous short films, music videos and websites. The film crew, made up of actors Juanma Buiturón and Corinna Rautenberg, producer Uxía Taboada Otero and composer Wenceslao Lamas, landed in Sitges to pose for the cameras and present this peculiar project to the audience at the Retiro.
In the context of parallel activities, the Queer Kong Awards were presented today in the Meeting zone of the King Kong Area with the presence of Aurora Carbonell, Mayor of the Sitges Town Hall. For the third year in a row, these awards, organized by Stop Sida in collaboration with the Festival, celebrate the acknowledgement of LGTBIQ+ diversity with the Queer Kong Award, which honors films programmed at the Festival. The jury formed by Marc Sala, Miriam Martínez Hierro, Jordi Izquierdo Berbel, Eliza Martínez Parra and Miguel Claudia-López, presented awards to Anita Rocha da Silveira's Medusa for its contribution to sexual health, Julia Ducornau's Titane for visibility and integration, and Don Mancini's series Chucky, for its representation in the industry and for serving as a metaphor for bullying against this collective.
Following the indications of Procicat, Catalonia's civil protection plan, starting today, Friday, October 15th, the Festival has increased its seating capacity to 100%. Thanks to this, a double bill has been added, wich will take place late night this Saturday (00:45) at the Auditorium featuring the films Hunter Hunter + The Sadness, two of the films with the best audience response.