Sitges Film Festival
The 2011 Sitges Film Festival, held 6-16 October on the Catalan coast of Spain, has released information on the films that will comprise the fest’s “Noves Visions” section, which promises to be a category dedicated to the most innovative and transgressive approaches. Several genre films are represented, and we have the full rundown here.
The films are divided into four categories, three of which can be found below. We’re including all the films in these three sections as even if some aren’t pure horror, they sound intriguing enough to be of interest to genre fans. The fourth category is comprised solely of documentaries. Be sure to visit the official Sitges Film Festival website for full details on “Noves Visions” and more!
A selection that combines big names in contemporary film with young artists appearing around the festival circuit.
- The Day He Arrives (Sang-soo Hong): A game of meta-language in the Korean master’s most accessible film.
– Vampire (Shunji Iwai): The director of All About Lily Chou-Chou travels to North America to explore juvenile anguish in a generic key and paying tribute to Martin of George A. Romero.
– 22 mei (Koen Mortier): The director of Ex Drummer is back to explore post 9/11 paranoia.
– 4:44: The Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara): A reflective, intimate exercise from the director of The Addiction revolving around fear of the end of the world.
– Kotoko (Shinya Tsukamoto): The return of the director of Tetsuo to the most reflective and transgressive horror cinema.
– Hanezu no tsuki (Naomi Kawase): Mythological meditation on the loss of transcendental values in today’s society.
– La belle endormie (Catherine Breillat): A very personal and atypical version of Perrault’s story.
– The Tempest (Julie Taymor): A spectacular, fantastic adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s strangest works by the director of Titus and Frida.
– Le petit poucet (Marina de Van): Another feminine, atypical version of a famous children’s story from the director of Don’t Look Back.
– Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos): A bizarre science fiction exercise with roots in the 70’s genre tradition that was one of the big sensations at this year’s Tribeca festival.
A selection of films made from independent, experimental postulates and investigating new possibilities of film language and the fantastic genre.
- Vlogger (Ricard Gras): A Catalan produced audiovisual experiment that translates the mixture of material from the Internet and generic fiction into a fictional plot. Its world premiere will be in Sitges.
– Hellacious Acres: The Case of John Glass (Pat Tremblay): The apocalypse as a theme, this time playing with textures and images and dispensing with dialogue.
– Invasion of the Alien Bikini (Young-doo Oh): A superhero movie, with large doses of pop culture and zany comedy. A surprise that goes way beyond its title.
A selection of auteur approaches with a cult vocation.
- Onna no kappa (Underwater Love) (Shinji Imaoka): An indescribable blend of pink eiga and musical starring a mythical Japanese creature. With cinematography by Christopher Doyle.
– Meat (Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth): A butcher’s erotic fantasies in a film experimenting with textures that brings Lynch or Greenaway to mind.
– Kaidan Horror Classics (Shinya Tsukamoto, Msayuki Ochiai, Sang il-lee, Hirokazu Koreeda): An omnibus film revolving around traditional horror legends directed by masters like Tsukamoto or Koreeda.
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