On Thursday October the 4th the 45th edition of the International Film Festival of Fantastic Cinema starts. The celebration will last until the 14thof the same month and this year will screen a total of 256 films less bloody and even more sinister than previous years, as Angel Sala, the director of the event, stated. Sitges is the usual venue of the festival, known as Sitges Film Festival, which brings together the best of horror films from both established and up-and-coming directors, from all over the world.
In addition to the usual categories (Official Section, Noves Visions Official, Anima’t, Sitges Family, etc.), the festival will include new formats, other cultural disciplines and new viewing platforms. In the traditional sections the attendees will enjoy diverse works of acclaimed directors and actors, some of whom will attend the screenings in person. Expect appearances from director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire, The Company of Wolves, etc.), director Jennifer Lynch (David Lynch’s daughter, with her film Chained), director Dario Argento (a Italian veteran director), director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), director Ryan Johnson (presenting Looper, one of the most anticipated films of the festival), the famous actor Elijah Wood, director Eli Roth (Aftershock), and a long list of celebrities that, for sure, will show up at the surrounding parties of the festival. This year the festival will also host a screening of the new Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie; also the screening of Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg new film; and the latest from Franck Khalfoun, Maniac. Among national premieres we will enjoy the much anticipated Oriol Paulo’s El cuerpo, with Jose Coronado and Belen Rueda; Insensibles, directed by Juan Carlos Medina; Invasor, by Daniel Calparsoro; Animals, by Marçal Fores; and The Impossible, by J.A. Bayona, about the Tsunami of 2004.
In addition, this year the classic “Zombie Walk” through the streets of Sitges will also take place with the gory undead and other original personalities of everyone who wants to participate.Despite financial cuts which have affected Sitges Film Festival’s budget, this year’s team, led by Sala, expects sold out crowds. So far they have sold more than 16% of the tickets, so they are off to a good start.For further information about the rental apartments at ShBarcelona click here.