More than twenty films from the recent Festival hit theaters over the last few months
Horror, science fiction, thrillers...The films screened in Sitges have been flooding the big screen since October and right up until today, and will continue to do so over the following months. All dimensions of genre have a place in the film listings, showing movies with varied themes, origins and styles.
In October, right after the closing of the 49th Sitges Film Festival, was the premiere of the innovative Hardcore Henry, directed by Ilya Naishuller, the Spanish thriller Que Dios nos perdone, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and the mysterious Catalan family drama La propera pell, by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo. Blair Witch, the eagerly awaited sequel to the famous 1999 found footage film, hit the listings in November, as well as Arrival, by Denis Villeneuve, the surprise film at Sitges 2016. The same month also saw the premiere of two award-winning films from the Festival: The Wailing, winner of the award for best cinematography and the Focus Àsia award, directed by Hong Kyung-pyo, and The Neon Demon, by Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the José Luis Guarner award (Critics Jury).
The Winner of the Grand Audience Award, The Handmaiden, by Park Chan-wook, arrived in December and, just a few days before the end of the year, the turn went to the Spanish co-production Mine, directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, and the modern western Hell or High Water, by David Mackenzie.
The new year arrived loaded with important premieres, with a total of ten films screened at Sitges 2016, during the month of January. Train to Busan with its Korean zombies, by Yeong Sang-ho, film that was acknowledged at the Festival with the awards for best direction and best special effects; the debut film by Jonás Cuarón, Desierto; the futuristic Spanish film Proyecto Lázaro, by Mateo Gil, or The Autopsy of Jane Doe, by André Øvredal, winner of the special jury award. Two Asian projects, Terraformars, by Takashi Miike, and Shin Godzilla, by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, can also be seen this month. As well as the Catalan film Callback, by Carles Torras, the second surprise screening at the past Festival; Before I Wake, by Mike Flanagan, and Dog Eat Dog, by Paul Schrader, winner of a Time Machine Award at Sitges 2016. Closing January’s list is Contratiempo, the film by Oriol Paulo that we had a chance to see a few minutes of exclusively at the Festival.
Melanie. The Girl With All the Gifts, the film directed by Colm McCarthy and that picked up the award for best actress that went to the young Sennia Nanua, will be hitting the listing in February. And one of the most award winning films at Sitges 2016, Grave, by Julia Ducournau, can be seen in theaters in March. The film won the Citizen Kane award for best new director, the Carnet Jove Award for best feature length film and the Méliès d’Argent for best European feature length film.
Sitges has also found a space for itself via on demand video platforms like Netflix, where we can enjoy titles like Psycho Raman, by Anurag Kashyap, or Under the Shadow, by Babak Anvari, award winning film in the Noves Visions One section. The Filmin platform offers the possibility to rediscover films like Equals, by Drake Doremus, or The Wailing, by Hong Kyung-pyo.