First Round of Titles Announced for Sitges 2012

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Sitges 2012The 45th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will be held from October 4-14, 2012. We already know that The Body, by debut director Oriol Paulo, is opening the fest, and now word has come as to several of the other films that will be shown. Some may not be pure horror, but we’re including everything here so you’ll be 100% in the know.

From the Press Release:
Catalan cinema will be one of the stars in the Festival’s Official Selection, with two films that will be going in for the María Award for Best Motion Picture, the Festival’s main prize, based on the popular robotic character from Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis. The first is Painless, Juan Carlos Medina’s first feature film, a passionate fantastic fable that takes root in the Spanish Civil war and stars Alex Brendemühl. The second film is El Bosc, based on a story by Albert Sánchez Piñol that the author himself has adapted for the big screen, starring North American actor Tom Sizemore.

– Cosmopolis, by David Cronenberg, starring Robert Pattinson and based on the Don DeLillo novel
– Holy Motors, by Leo Carax
– Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, 3D epic adventure by Tsui Hark, one of the biggest local hits of the year in China
– Chained, by Jennifer Lynch, winner of the 2008 Festival
– Sinister, by Scott Derrickson, where Ethan Hawke faces a terrifying paranormal case
– The Possession, directed by Ole Bornedal
– Lovely Molly, the new movie by Eduardo Sánchez, one of the creators of The Blair Witch Project
– The Tall Man, by Pascal Laugier, starring Jessica Biel
– John Dies at the End, by Don Coscarelli, with Paul Giamatti leading the cast
– Maniac, remake of the classic 1981 American slasher, produced by Alexandre Aja (High Tension) and starring an extraordinary Elijah Wood
– Safety Not Guaranteed, by Colin Trevorrow, the big Sundance hit
– Sightseers, by Ben Wheatley (director of the acclaimed Kill List), one of the big sensations at the recent Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight
– The Day, by Douglas Aarniokoski
– Doomsday Book, co-directed by Kim Jee-wong (I Saw the Devil) and Yim Pil-Sung (Hansel and Gretel)
– Nameless Gangster, by Jong-bin Yun, one of this year’s huge box-office sensations from this country and a true tour de force by its star Choi Min-sik (Oldboy)

– The Pact, by Nicholas McCarthy
– Tower Block, by James Nunny Ronnie Thompson

– Keyhole, the latest production from one of the great filmmakers in current cinema, Guy Maddin
– Mystery, by Lou Ye, the film that opened Un Certain Regard at the latest Cannes Festival
– For Love’s Sake, by yet another Festival regular, Takashi Miike

– Gangs of Wasseypur, an epic Indian crime adventure with a runtime of over four hours that is a milestone in this country’s cinema
– Ace Attorney, by Takashi Miike
– Wu-xia, by Peter Chan, recovering mythical actor “Jimmy” Wang-Yu for cinema

– The King of Pigs, by Yeun Sang-Ho, screened at the Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight
– Alois Nebel, a Czech production by Tomás Lunák
– The Suicide Shop, the animated film debut from prestigious French filmmaker Patrice Leconte, conceived in spectacular 3D
– The Life of Budory Goosko, by Sugii Gisaburo, close collaborator of mythical Osamu Tezuka

For additional information visit the official Sitges Film Festival website.

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