The 55th edition of Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival will emphasize eco-terror in some of its films and will display a “good harvest” of Spanish genre cinema, in a year in which the event commemorates the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Tron.
The director of the festival, angel room, advanced this Wednesday in the usual summer presentation of the programming that the Time Machine award in Sitges 2022 will go to the British director, producer and screenwriter EdgarWright, responsible for the trilogy formed by Zombies Party, Fatal Weapon Y Welcome to the end of the world, made with the actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
genre film director Neill Marshall, who began his career more than twenty years ago with Dog Soldiers, one of the most popular British horror films of all time, followed by the critically acclaimed blockbuster The Descent, which grossed over $50 million on a budget of just $3 million, will also be honored with a Time Machine.
Spanish genre cinema “will land powerfully at Sitges 2022”, Sala highlighted, and among the titles that can be seen at the Festival is the distressing and disturbing little pig, the rural terror that is the debut of Charlotte Pereda after his Goya-winning short film of the same name; and the expected as bestasof Rodrigo Sorogoyen, a thriller dark and uncomfortable that confirms the brilliant career of its director.
Sitges will experience the world premiere of Iratiof Paul Urkijo, a regular at the Festival who will present his fantastic mythology set in medieval Euskadi; and there will also be the European premiere of Old, horror film directed by Raul Cerezo and Fernando Gonzalez Gomez, recently screened at Fantasia de Montreal, winner of the Sitges Pitchbox 2016 edition and starring Zorion Eguileor.
Among the latest developments in international genre cinema, Sala has specially mentioned Halloween Ends, that closes the trilogy David GordonGreen, in this case developed four years after the events of Halloween Kills.
AfterYang, Kogonada’s futuristic science fiction film with Colin Farrell it will also be seen in Sitges, a delicate film about a post-human world; and the thriller psychological resurrection, by Andrew Semans with Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth renews the genre fleeing from clichés with the story of a successful woman facing traumas from the past.
The post-apocalyptic future is explored in Vesper, by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, a Belgian dystopia that builds a world after the collapse of the terrestrial ecosystem; and also from Belgium will arrive megalomaniac, spooky tape and gory directed by Karim Ouelhaj, winner of Fantasia 2022.
Asian productions arrive with renewed energy to the programming with proposals such as the South Korean one Emergency Declaration, of Han Jae-rim, with a commercial plane that is forced to make an emergency landing; or the japanese Takashi Miike, that closes the trilogy The Mole Song with The Mole Song Final, a wacky comedy about an undercover cop who becomes a yakuza.
In the field of documentaries, the title that Sitges Documenta will open will be Lynch/Oz, by Alexandre O. Philippe, which explores the obsession of David Lynch for the classic victor fleming from 1939 The Wizard of Oz.