With the memory of this year´s Festival still fresh in our minds, local movie theaters are already screening a good number of films that were a part of Sitges 2014’s lineup. A fact that shows the interest the Festival’s movie options raise among distribution companies that are increasingly more committed to genre films.
Over the last few days, local movie listings have included three films that are an excellent example of the creativity and innovation of cinema produced in Spain. Magical Girl, winner of the Golden Shell Award in San Sebastian and that was screened in Sitges, has elevated its director, Carlos Vermut, to the category of indispensable on the current Spanish scene, with a proposal that blends drama, thriller and touches of noir. Catalan Sergi Caballero left no one indifferent at the Festival with his La Distancia, an essentially aesthetic work that undeniably falls within the fantastic genre. Both Vermut and Caballero visited Sitges this year, the latter accompanied by the film’s crew. The Hispanic-Argentinean co-production, Relatos Salvajes, by Damián Szifron, is making a mark in the movie listings after its categorical success in Argentina (where it’s been selected to participate in the Academy Awards), winning the audience awards in San Sebastian and its pass through Sitges, where it was highly praised by critics and public. The Almodóvar brothers’ hand, from their El Deseo production company, is unmistakable in this collection of stories full of outrageous vengeance and black humor.
Annabelle, one of Sitges 2014’s most eagerly awaited films, has also hit the theaters, tangled up in controversy after its withdrawal from French theaters. The bloodcurdling doll and its leading lady, Annabelle Wallis, who was also at the Festival, are seducing the legion of genre fans. Another of this year’s guests, Kevin Macdonald, has also commercially premiered How I Live Now, The story of a teenage girl who lives through the outbreak of World War III.
Also arriving this week are Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream, presented at Sitges 2014, and James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence, which won the award for best screenplay and the Jurat Carnet Jove Award last year. Undoubtedly, one of this fall’s premieres arriving on an especially terrifying night (31 October) is Jaume Balagueró’s REC 4, which opened the Festival on 3 October, bringing the most popular Spanish genre movie saga to an end. Balagueró and the entire team attended Sitges 2014, with their film and the exhibition that reviewed the best "REC moments" at Casa Bacardí. Also arriving on Friday 31 is The Boxtrolls, creatures that emerge from the sewers to gather up children and cheese, an animated movie for the little ones included in the Anima't category. The most perverted, ill-mannered and depraved detective in the police force, played by James McAvoy, will also be landing on local screens on the 31st of this month. The film is Filth, by ScottishJon S. Baird who adapts a novel by Irvine Welsh.
November will be bringing the premiere of the winner of the award for best feature length film at Sitges 2014, I Origins, on the 14th. Its director, Mike Cahill, and its leading lady, French-Catalan Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, were also at the Meliá presenting an enormously beautiful film, which combines science fiction with a love story. Friday 28th will be Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo’s turn, Javier Fesser’s film that Sitges 2014 showed a trailer of, included in the presentation of projects by the Zeta Cinema production company.
It won’t be in July but in December when Cold in July will be premiered, the film that Jim Mickle presented personally at Sitges 2014. A Texan western full of blood and vengeance starring Michael C. Hall, the unforgettable Dexter. And movie theaters will be celebrating Christmas day with the premiere of Álex de la Iglesias’ Musarañas, another of the main features at this year’s Festival. A film directed by Esteban Roel and Juanfer Andrés, who visited Sitges accompanied by the starring trio: Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago and Hugo Silva.
The year will be ending, but 2015 will roll in loaded with new 100 % Sitges premieres. The first ones that have been confirmed are The Babadook (16 January), winner of the jury award and award for best actress that went to Essie Davis, and Autómata (23 January), the film that Gabe Ibáñez, its director, presented at Sitges 2014 along with Antonio Banderas, producer, leading man and splendid winner of this year’s Grand Honorary Award.