666 Reasons Why We Love The Sitges Festival

Moritz

Though we’re often our own worst enemy in terms of distractions at the festival it’s not exactly helping our cause when Moritz and El Cable conspire (with the Devil) and come up with 666 reasons to tempt us away from the festival program. That being said we may be trying a little too hard to stay off the Sitges sauce by going with DRUG WAR as our first film. Johnnie To IS a legend of that we’re in no doubt, we’re just not sure about him kicking off our festival.

Time, tickets and tapas allowing, here are the 666 24 films we’ve lined up for this year:

DRUG WAR

MINDSCAPE

THE WORLD’S END

UGLY

PROXY

FOR THOSE IN PERIL

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

MILIUS

AZOOMA

ONLY GOD FORGIVES

BORGMAN

LEVIATHAN

OPEN GRAVE

DARK TOUCH

EUROPA REPORT

CHEAP THRILLS

BIG BAD WOLVES

THE PHILOSOPHERS

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

THE TAKING

THE MACHINE

THE DIRTIES

NEW WORLD

FATAL

Advertisements

Three Weeks And Counting

El Cable ZombiesAt this morning’s press conference Angel mentioned there would be some 150 films screened at this year’s festival so we need to make a decision on whether we watch every single one of them……….or whether we skip a few and allow ourselves some tourist-time and get elbows deep in cerveza and tapas at Sitges’ most zombie friendly bar EL CABLE……..

To help us to decide whether to watch a film or get drunk we’re compiling a list of the films showing at this year’s festival

Corridorstyle’s IMDB Film List Sitges 2013

Officially Fantastic – And Here’s The Line-Up To Prove It

As if we weren’t already drooling sufficiently in anticipation of the festival’s full program announcement this week, the organisers have seen fit to sound an additional Pavlovian bell in the form of The Official Fantastic Selection line-up. And it does look juicy.

Roth, Rodriguez, Gilliam, Wan……. Sitges continues to present cinema’s big hitters within the most diverse festival program around. Now if only the organisers could come up with a way to stay awake 24/7 we’d be laughing.

And a quick heads up to our friends over at the “The Taking” film. Here’s a taster of one we’re hoping to catch at the festival.

Not ‘Toons For Tots

BrazilAnimation is not exactly our strong suit and tends to occupy only a small corner of our festival program. Anything with a unique visual style or narrative has typically caught our attention in previous years and examples such as RENAISSANCE, PRINCESS, AACHI & SSIPAK, ATHF, PANIQUE AU VILLAGE stick in the memory for just those reasons.

Last year we were excited to see Korea enter the fray with THE KING OF PIGS which certainly stood out visually and promised the sort of dark, disturbing story line we’ve come to expect from Yeon Hang-so’s live action compatriots. While PIGS ultimately fell short of our expectations it’s good to see the director back again this year with the similarly stylised THE FAKE.

We’ve not really bought into the rebirth of 3D but it’s certainly been embraced by the festival and put to good use by Asia’s animation power houses as evidenced this year with big hitters SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK & 009 RE: CYBORG.

With the addition of the highly anticipated latest EVANGELION installment and the ambitious RIO 2096, the organisers look to be pulling  together another impressive animation program, while aiming to cement the festival’s increasing significance on the world stage by also hosting “the animation world’s first professional summit”.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock heads a spectacular animation selection at Sitges 2013

But We Thought The World Ended Last Year?

world's endIf Edgar Wright wasn’t such a slouch he could have had the final installment of the trilogy wrapped up in time for last year’s festival when it would have been wholly more appropriate.

However, Edgar’s a bit of a big cheese around Sitges having charmed the festival back in 2007 so we’ll cut him some slack and just be thankful that the organizers have snagged THE WORLD’S END for this year’s program.

In other news, having enjoyed Jim Mickle’s STAKE LAND at the 2010 festival it will be interesting to see how he handles the remake of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE which we saw the same year but found a little hard to swallow (ahem!)

E-VEEL, like it’s the FRU-ETS of the DEV-EEL.

only_god_forgives_1“A line-up that will witness the re-birth of evil and its many faces”.

The organisers have now released a first look at this year’s film program and, to be honest, we didn’t really have to read beyond the bits where ONLY GOD FOGIVES and UPSTREAM COLOR were mentioned. Count us in!

First look at the line-up for the 46th edition of the Sitges Film Festival

There’s the usual bumper collection from Asia too so all’s well with the world. This is where we begin to digest & regurgitate the festival program in an attempt to compile our own list of must-see films. We’ll keep you posted as to how we’re getting on so check back once in a while.

Sweet Rosemary’s Baby! Line ‘Em Up!

MoritzNot content with staging the coolest film festival on the planet the organisers have decided to also hold the coolest press conferences. To hell with a technically crisp media centre! Let’s just announce this year’s line-up preview from the bowels of the Moritz Brewery in Barcelona and then get tits deep in Cerveza!

We like how you roll Angel.

Rather amateurishly we’re unable to attend Wednesday’s conference but we’ll be sure to bring you all the line-up news as soon as Angel’s finished ordering the drinks.

It’s unlikely to be the complete film list this far in advance of the festival but Angel will no doubt have plenty to raise our glasses to.