The 48th edition of this event has just finished and eight awards go to the United States
When you first arrive to Sitges, you know this is going to be something different from what you have seen before. It is a fantastic film festival and, as so, blood, guts and zombies are a constant during the ten days when the event takes on this city. Screenings, red carpets and performances led by the audience do not stop from sunrise to well into the early hours of the following day.
For starters, on the first Saturday of the festival, just after it has taken off, zombies take the streets. Never-ending lines fill the roads, full of people who want to become a zombie for an evening. This is one of the most popular side activities of the festival, which also include screenings of TV shows, master classes, book launches and roundtables with leading figures of the industry, such as Oliver Stone.
But if this festival is one of the most important genre ones in the industry, it is because of its screenings. This year, 169 movies made up the different sections in which the festival’s program is organized. Solid names in the genre movie industry shared prominence with first-time directors and, together, they showed the audience proposals for both classical horror and new tendencies of the industry.
American movies played a special role at this 48th edition of the Catalan Fantastic Film Festival held in Sitges. Both the inauguration and the closing events were led by the screening of American movies. The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers opened the inauguration gala, whereas Into the Forest, directed by Patricia Rozema and starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood was a big success on the closing ceremony.
Also American were many of the movies awarded in this Festival’s selection. The invitation, directed by Karyn Kuzama, won the award for best feature length film, and so did David Gregory’s Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreu’, in this case for best documentary film. Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, won the best feature length film in its section, New Visions, and X-treme best feature film went to Bound to Vengeance, produced between Mexico and the United States. The Final Girls, by Todd Strauss-Schulson got the Special Jury award and Best Screenplay, and Craig Zahler, native of Florida, won the Best Director award for Bone Tomahawk, which also achieved the José Luis Guarner Award.
Great success of the American movies present at this edition of the Sitges Film Festival, which direction has already decided that next year’s run will be dedicated to Star Trek.