Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival comes to an end and figures come to light. This year, the greatest event on genre movies in Spain increased sales by 20.8%, meaning 77,955 tickets were accounted for, versus the 64,509 sold in 2014. Income increased as well, this time by 23,1%.
This year’s figures show the loyalty of an audience devoted to fantastic and horror movies, as well as the visibility the event is gaining both at the national and international level. Partly responsible of this success is the number of high-quality movies screened every year. At Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t, we have selected five gems you will surely regret to miss.
- The Invitation (Karyn Kuzama)
Considered Best Feature Film by the Festival’s jury, Karyn Kuzama’s thriller shows us how a son’s death can change the lives of his parents, played in this case by Logan Marshall-Green and Tammy Blanchard. She disappears soon after her son does. Years later, when she comes back, it is obvious that this is not the same person. The movie’s intrigue and suspense conquered the jury and took home the most important award of the Festival.
- The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulson).
Movies within movies. This is The Final Girls’s proposal. Taissa Farmiga plays Max, the child of a movie star. The viewer is left to figure out the reasons why she ends up inside a horror movie starring her mom. The film features some well-known names from the Hollywood scene, such as Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Nina Dobrev. Audience and jury were captivated by The Final Girls, what drove it to leave the festival as the winner of the Jury Special Award and the one to Best Script.
- Turbo Kid (Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell)
What makes this festival different from any other is the amount of guts one can see over a week. And Turbo Kid is no exception. This production mixes fantasy and romanticism, featuring two teenagers living in a “future” (1997) we don’t want to imagine. Turbo Kid, our superhero, and his partner Apple will have to fight for their lives in a world taken by robots, where water has become the most precious asset. Each one of the three screenings of the movie filled streets with endless lines of people and theatres with cheers. Turbo Kid, winner of the more than deserved Best Music Award, was one of the most expected movies in the festival and did not let anyone down.
- Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema)
The perfect ending for a festival like Sitges is a movie like Into de Forest. Patricia Rozema directs Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in a universe where humanity is close to an end. Nell and Eva will have to survive hunger, among other physical and (to a greater extent) social issues. A drama about survival to take a break from so much horror.
- Bone Tomahawk (Craig Zahler)
Born in Florida, Craig Zahler leaves Sitges asa proud winner of the Best Director Award. His opera prima Bone Tomahawk exemplifies the cme back of a genre, Western, that also has a place in the Festival. Texas, cannibalism and an exceptional cast lead by Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox are the perfect prescription for a successful movie.