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SITGES 2022

Fantastic and horror films come once again to Sitges for another year

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- The festival kicks off its 55th edition on 6th October, with a host of national and international genre films, including the latest from Jaume Balagueró and Carlos Vermut

Fantastic and horror films come once again to Sitges for another year
Venus by Jaume Balagueró

For its 55th edition, the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia presents a complete and varied lineup of 283 films, which can be enjoyed from 6th to 16th October. Among these almost three hundred titles, the latest Spanish productions will come to Sitges, both by established directors like Jaume Balagueró (with Venus [+see also:
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, the second title from The Fear Collection, the label created by Álex de la Iglesia) and Carlos Vermut (with Manticore [+see also:
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), as well as others representative of the recent national audiovisual and fantastic scene, with the premieres of the series Poor Devil [+see also:
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, created and written by Miguel Esteban, Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla, ¡GARCÍA! [+see also:
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, directed by Eugenio Mira and based on the comic of the same name by Santiago García and Luis Bustos, and the second season of Historias para no dormir [+see also:
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, directed this time by Balagueró, Nacho Vigalondo, Alice Waddington and Salvador Calvo.

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In the festival’s Official Section, the latest film by Spanish director Sadrac González will compete, Amazing Elisa [+see also:
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, starring Silvia Abascal and Asier Etxendía, a fantastic thriller with comic book references, and other Spanish films such as Piety [+see also:
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by Eduardo Casanova, winner of an award at Karlovy Vary, The Elderly [+see also:
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by Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez, presented at the Canadian festival Fantasia, and Irati [+see also:
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by Paul Urkijo. The Official Fantàstic In-Competition Section will also feature important titles in the genre on a global level, including the latest films by French directors Quentin Dupieux (Smoking Causes Coughing [+see also:
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), Michel Hazanavicius (Final Cut [+see also:
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), Guillaume Nicloux (The Lockdown Tower) and Édouard Salier (Tropique, starring Marta Nieto), the English Peter Strickland (Flux Gourmet [+see also:
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), Thomas Hardiman (Medusa Deluxe [+see also:
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) and Andrew Cumming (The Origin [+see also:
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) and the Irish Lorcan Finnegan (Nocebo [+see also:
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), after his debut film Vivarium [+see also:
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The festival will once again boast significant female directors, making their importance known in current genre cinema. Also in the Official Section are the latest film by French director Léa Mysius, The Five Devils [+see also:
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, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos; the Norwegian Nightmare, by Kjersti Helen Rasmussen; the Czech film Nightsiren [+see also:
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, the Locarno award-winning film by Tereza Nvotová; the Nordic Hatching [+see also:
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, by Hanna Bergholm; and the interesting Emily [+see also:
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, by the British filmmaker Frances O’Connor, inspired by the life of the writer Emily Brontë. In the same vein, another film in the Official Fantàstic Out of Competition Section is the award-winning debut feature by Spanish director Carlota Pereda, Piggy [+see also:
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, following its screening at Sundance and recent winner of the Fantastic Fest in Austin.

This year's Sitges Film Festival will also be showing more eagerly awaited world horror titles like Pearl, the slasher sequel to the impressive X, directed by Ti West, and, out of competition, Halloween Ends, the final instalment of the celebrated new Halloween trilogy, directed by David Gordon Green. Festival regulars like director Paco Plaza and actor Javier Botet will also attend the event, with the screening of the documentary Rec Terror sin pausa (as part of Sitges Documenta Special Sessions), directed by Diego López-Fernández, which will also be attended by Jaume Balagueró and actress Manuela Velasco.

This year as part of the Sitges Clàssics-Focus Macros Ocultas section, the festival will also be reviving genre masterpieces like Peter Weir's extraordinary Picnic at Hanging Rock and Masaki Kobayashi's legendary The Afterlife (Kaidan).

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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