'The Lodgers' brings the 50th anniversary edition of Sitges 2017 to a close
La Fura dels Baus stars in the Festivals’ spectacular closing gala
Irish director Brian O'Malley brings the 50th anniversary edition of Sitges to a close with The Lodgers, a gothic horror story. Additionally, the grand finale isprovided by La Fura dels Baus, the stars of a show performed at the foot of Sitges’ emblematic church, making it possible to commemorate the Festival’s 50th anniversary. During this final closing day, in addition to the in competition awards, the Festival presented two other prizes: the director of The Super, Stephan Rick, was in charge of accepting the Time Machine Award representing his friend, actor Val Kilmer; and actor Tony Isbert picked up the Nosferatu Award in the Festival’s Brigadoon section.
Following his directorial debut three years ago with Let Us Pray, Irish director Brian O'Malley is in charge of bringing the 50th Sitges Festival to a close with The Lodgers. The film’s director will be attending the closing gala accompanied by the movie’s leading lady –the actress from Madrid residing in Sitges, Charlotte Vega– and the film’s producers. The movie is a gothic horror story set in early 20th century rural Ireland, with echoes of the chilling universe of writer Shirley Jackson, and it tells the story of the twins Rachel and Edward, orphans who live in the decadent family home and who are plagued by a curse that dates back to their ancestors. During the closing gala at the Meliá Auditori, the awards for the Noves Visions, Focus Àsia, Anima’t, Méliès, Blood Window, Carnet Jove and Critics’ sections will be handed out.
When this gala finishes at the Meliá Auditori, all attention will be turned to La Fragata, at the foot of the emblematic Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla parish church, where the 50th anniversary gala will take place with the presentation of the Official Selection awards. This event bears the hallmark of La Fura dels Baus and is produced by Xarxa per a la Comunicació Local. This theater troupe’s magic and ingenuity is evidenced with the giant King Kong that has dominated the Fragata area for the past three days.
Today was a prolific day for awards. In addition to the in competition prizes, there were also others. The Nosferatu Award from the Brigadoon section went to Spanish actor Tony Isbert, with a career that has been constantly related to fantastic genre in films like the Dracula saga, by León Klimovsky (1973); No One Heard the Scream, by Eloy de la Iglesia (1972); or The Rift, by Juan Piquer Simón (1990). Meanwhile, filmmaker Stephan Rick –who presented The Super at a special screening– picked up the Time Machine Award, on behalf of his friend the great actor Van Kilmer.
Tomorrow, as the grand finale of these ten intense Festival days, the traditional movie marathons will take place at the four different venues –Meliá Auditori, the Tramuntana Room, Retiro and Prado– while the Sitges Samsung Cocoon and Brigadoon will also be continuing with their lineup.