The event from 5 to 15 October opens with ‘La forma del agua’ by Guillermo del Toro, and bets on Catalan talent
Lovers of fantastic cinema are counting the hours for the beginning of the most important festival of a genre that every year gains more followers. Sitges Film Festival has everything ready to start its 50th edition on 5 October. From that day until Sunday 15, the coastal city will once again be the meeting point of a contest that presents many new features.
The director of the festival, Ángel Sala, told a press conference at the Filmoteca de Catalunya that the Mayor of Sitges, Miquel Forns, and the Mayor of Sitges Minister of Culture, Lluís Puig.
With the leitmotif of Dracula and a godfather of the stature of Guillermo del Toro, who will open the contest with La forma del agua, his fable awarded at the Venice festival, Sitges will screen a total of 255 films, most of them integrated in his official sections, which will be screened in five rooms: Auditorium, Retiro, Prado, Brigadoon and Sala Tramuntana. In addition, there will be a large series presence and a virtual reality section in the hands of Samsung.
The Mexican filmmaker will be the host of an event that will showcase figures such as Susan Sarandon, William Friedkin and Frank Langella, who will receive the honorary grand prize this year. Also coming as guests are Udo Kier, Dario Argento, the unforgettable Freddie Krueger Robert Englund or the young stars of Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp, who will present a preview of the second season of the hit series.
Mayor Miquel Forns recalled that it is no coincidence that the festival was born in Sitges half a century ago due to the culture that is breathed in its streets. A combination of culture, tourism and festival that are part of the identity of Sitges. Forns recalled how the embryo of the festival was played on September 28, 1968 with the projection of Aelita (Yakov Protazanov, 1924) in the Casino Prado cinema. A Soviet sci-fi classic that kicked off an annual event for fantastic moviegoers.
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