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Sitges Dailies


SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world. 

 

 

Born in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today the Festival is an essential rendezvous for movie lovers and audiences eager to come into contact with new tendencies and technologies applied to film and the audiovisual world.

Sitges’ status as the number one fantasy film festival in the world allows it to receive visits from top-level movie stars, directors and producers like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, Ralph Fiennes, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, Rutger Hauer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bell, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Darren Aronofsky, Brad Dourif, John McNaughton, Peter Greenaway, John Woo, Park Chan-Wook, Johnnie To, Paul Naschy, Ray Liotta, Jon Voight, Sam Raimi, Robert Englund, Tarsem Singh, Roger Corman, Mira Sorvino, Santiago Segura, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Álex de la Iglesia, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, among others from the long list of people who, year after year, are a media attraction. The Festival is governed by a Foundation, made up of representatives from the Sitges Town Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia’s autonomous government) and other institutions, associations and public and private companies. 

 

Most of its resources come from the sponsors, companies and collaborating institutions that consider their alliance to the Festival to be an excellent platform for widening their scope and branding.


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'John Dies At The End' at Sitges 2012

The film ‘John Dies At the End’ (2012) screened at the 45th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (October 4-14). ‘John Dies At the End’ won 3rd place for The People’s Choice Award at the 2012 TIFF’s Midnight Madness. The film’s veteran ‘fantastic’ director Don Coscarelli (‘Phantasm' saga; Bubba Ho-Tep, 2002) attended the Sitges screening of his latest film where he was awarded the Time Machine Award for his prestigious and influential life’s work.

The film is based on a short story by writer David Wong and follows two twenty-something American dregs of society, John and David (played by Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson), as they trip out on the new It drug ‘Soy Sauce’, which not only alters reality and gives the ability to jump in and out of worlds, but enables one to be dead and undead simultaneously. The fantastical events that take place throughout are recounted by David to Arnie (Paul Giamatti) inside a dream-like Chinese restaurant where raw meat coagulates into terrifying destructive beasts and where people disintegrate into bloody raw meat.

After seeing his film I told Don that I couldn’t help but notice parallels to quantum physics theory- alternate realities, predicting future events and the idea that death is only a relative perception of changing forms. Don said: ‘Well, you’re not going to believe this but a computer actually chose me to make this film’. I replied: ‘In any other conversation I might think you totally nuts, but here I actually believe you.’

‘John Dies’ is a genius out-of-the-box sure to become cult-classic that will leave you laughing and repeatedly asking yourself ‘WTF?’...Whether you watch it for plain entertainment or dare to dig deep into its dangerous depths it is one film you are sure to never forget. 

written by Vanessa McMahon

view trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9Pr-W92SM

 

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McMahon Vanessa
(SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya)

Vanessa is reporting from Sitges 2012

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