Sitges 2011: Opening Film, Programme Preview, and More

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It may be a holiday here in the States, but it’s business as usual for the rest of the world, as evidenced by the news breaking today regarding the 2011 Sitges Film Festival, held 6-16 October on the Catalan coast of Spain. We have for you info on the fest’s opening film as well as a programme preview.

From the Press Release: SITGES 2011 delves into the concept of artificial intelligence, examining how it’s been discussed in film and what its future prospects are in regard to fiction and reality.

With the tenth anniversary of A.I. (Steven Spielberg, 2000) as a point of contact, the Festival will consider the questions that inspired Kubrick and Spielberg for this project: the emotional intelligence of machines and communication between synthetic intelligences.

China, The Festival’s advertising agency, has developed this year’s posters based on the geminoids created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Japan. According to Rafa Antón, founding partner of China: “We often take artificial intelligence as something that’s exclusive to fantasy and science fiction. But it’s actually much closer than we think. And proof of it is this year’s image: two apparently normal portraits of two ordinary people, only they aren’t people. They are two robots. And they exist. Our intention with these posters is to arouse people’s curiosity, for them to question things that appear to be real. We thought it was a good idea to play with this ambiguity.”

Sitges 2011: Opening Film, Programme Preview, and More

Opening Film:
The Catalan production Eva (Escándalo Films), distributed by Paramount Pictures and with the international participation of companies like Wild Bunch, will be opening the Festival’s 44th edition on 6 October.

Eva, Kike Maillo’s first work, explores science fiction through a very coherent approach with this year’s leitmotif and is a new commitment to new talents, following the Festival’s line in recent years (J.A. Bayona, Guillem Morales…). At the opening gala the film will be screened in Catalan, and the following public screening will be in Spanish with press screenings in both languages.

Programme Preview:
In addition to Eva, there will be other long-awaited Catalan and Spanish film productions like:

Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight), by Jaume Balagueró, a filmmaker who will be receiving one of the Festival’s tribute awards, The Time Machine.
La Mujer del Eternauta, by Adán Aliaga, a documentary revolving around the comic, an allegory of Argentinean society in the times of Videla.
The Spanish Cuban co-production Juan de los Muertos, an ironic vision of Cuban reality, that will be the main attraction on Zombie Walk day, 14 October.
Emergo, by Carles Torrens and produced by Rodrigo Cortés for Versus Entertainment.

Some of the outstanding international films that will be participating include:

The Turin Horse, by Béla Tarr.
The Yellow Sea, by Na Hong-jin, director of The Chaser (Korea).
Les Contes de la Nuit, 3D animation, by Michel Ocelot.
Grave Encounters, directed by The Vicious Brothers, a recent blockbuster in Italy.
Burke and Hare, by John Landis.
Continuing with our commitment to Latin American genre film, we will be including productions like Trabalhar cansa (Hard Labor), from Brazil.

Once again the Festival will focus on 3D Cinema in different sections with movies like Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, in Midnight X-Treme, one of the big box office hits in Hong Kong, or The Mortician, by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, in the in Competition Official Section, an innovative stereoscopic technology proposal.

Asian cinema will continue to be represented in several movies programed in the Festival’s different sections, identified with the Casa Asia hallmark.

Noves Visions (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Discovery), Anima’t, Nova Autoria, (in collaboration with SGAE), Seven Chances, Brigadoon and Midnight X-Treme, the Festival’s main sections, will be announced over the upcoming months.

Check out a few of the more horror oriented films’ trailers below, and for additional information visit the official Sitges Film Festival website.

Grave Encounters – Promo Trailer
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Burke & Hare – Trailer
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