The Festival opens the door to genre literature and presents the latest from Cronenberg
The Festival was the setting for the presentation of the Minotauro fantastic literature award, the same day fans were able to see David Cronenberg’s eagerly awaited film, Maps to the Stars, and the British How I live Now, by Kevin McDonald, director of The Last King of Scotland.
The Festival is fundamentally cinema. But fantastic genre is also present with les TV Series, art or literature. Today the Festival was the stage where Minotauro presented the main awards for fantastic literature in Spanish, which went to screenwriter Carlos Molinero for his first novel, Verano de miedo. The author defined his work as an attempt to return to the epistolary Dracula novel, basing the story on "notes, letters and messages". Molinero wanted to portray "the genuine vampire: an evil, photodegradable being, not photosensitive like the ones in the Twilight saga".
Marcela Sierra, managing editor of Minotauro, expressed her satisfaction for the award’s connection with Sitges: “the Festival is like a home for us; many of the novels we’ve published have wound up becoming movies".
The door opened to fantastic literature also brought the presentation of different books as part of the parallel event program. Subway placebo, by Rosario Curiel; Nadie desaparece del todo, by Lázaro Covadlo, Muertos vivientes, by Alberto Bemúdez; Dios y otra al diablo, by Guillermo Zapata; La escuela nocturna, by Noel Ceballos, Diario de un zombi, by Sergi Llauger; El huerto del espantapájaros, by Allan J. Arcal; or the anthology Todos son sospechosos are some of the other genre novels and short stories that have been at the Festival’s forum. Added to these presentations are other works, like the Festival’s official book: Pantalla rasgada by Desirée de Fez and Jordi Sánchez Navarro.
The magic of Cronenberg landed in Sitges today with Maps to the Stars, that explains the story of the decline of Hollywood’s eccentric inhabitants, one of which is played by Julianne Moore, who picked up the award for best actress at Cannes, and another by Robert Pattinson, who leaves the back seat in the limo of Comsopolis now to be a chauffeur. The woman in charge of playing the role of the enigmatic girl, who covers her body to hide her wounds, is actress Mia Wasikowska, who shakes up the lives of Hollywood residents with her arrival in town.
Cold in July, which premiered yesterday in Sitges, was presented today by its director, Jim Mickle. The adaptation of writer Joe R .Lansdale’s novel received, according to Mickle, influences ranging from film noir to Korean cinema, from which he gets a very effective mixture of genres not done in the US. This film, that takes us to 1980’s Texas, wasn’t shot in Texan locations: "the idea we have of Texas in general is that of the West portrayed in movies like No Country for Old Men by the Cohen Brothers, but East Texas is very similar to Louisiana and certain parts of New York, so we decided to use locations in New York", as explained by Linda Moran, the film’s producer.
Another presentation today was the British How I Live Now, by director Kevin McDonald, who won an Academy Award in the year 2000 for best documentary with his first film One Day in September and who took the big leap to fiction with The Last King of Scotland. In his latest film, McDonald explains the story of a teenage girl’s interior conflicts in the middle on a catastrophic setting like the breakout of World War III. According to the director, what he’s trying to show with this story is "a real image of adolescence", since he personally considers it to be "a stages that’s much darker than the image Hollywood presents in movies for teens". The director says that it is “strange" that people make a distinction between "European cinema" and "mainstream cinema" in movies for adults, but this distinction isn’t made in cinema for teens, and that they are only offered commercial movies: "I made the movie that I would have liked to see when I was 17", he said. Kevin McDonald highlighted the work done by Saoirse Ronan, the film’s leading lady, who he describes as a "brilliant actress" and a "sort of genius of interpretation", and that even though she’s very young, "she’s very good at understanding human psychology".
The Festival and Zeta Cinema have everything set for the presentation of their latest film projects, which will be held on Thursday at 15:30 in the Auditori in a free event. At the session, they’ll be screening images from Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el cachondo, directed by Javier Fesser, and Anacleto, Agente secreto, by Javier Ruiz Caldera, and starring Imanol Arias, Quim Gutiérrez, Alexandra Jiménez, Carlos Areces and Berto Romero. The last two actors will be attending theevent, along with the directors of the two movies.
Charles de Lauzirika, the award winning documentary director and screenwriter and member of the 2014 Sitges jury, offered a Master Class today in the Tramuntana Room. Lauzirika is also known for producing the restored Blu-ray and DVD versions of Blade Runner and Alien.