This year marks the 30th anniversary of 'Alien' and can be followed through VilaWeb Sitges'[REC]2', by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, opens the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia today. The first part, REC1, was presented at Sitges as well in 2007. In addition, Malcolm McDowell, who played the part of Alex DeLarge in 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), will receive the Grand Honorary Award. Among the films in the festival's Offical Section will be the Catalan 'Ingrid' by Eduard Cortès. The festival closes October 12.
The oldest Fantastic Film Festival in the world continues to offer a wide gamut of films, from 'Moon' (Duncan Jones), 'Grace' (Paul Solet), 'Kinatay' (Brillante Mendoza), 'Thirst' (Park Chan-wook), 'Yatterman' and 'Crows II' (Takashi Miike), 'Orphan' (Jaume Collet-Serra), 'The Countess' (Julie Delpy), and 'The Final Destination in 3D' (David R. Ellis).
Homage to 'Alien' and to the '80sHomage will be paid this year to 'Alien' on its 30th anniversary and to several other movies from the '80s, with invited guests related to the most significant titles. This review of classics will include the North American film, 'The Shining', not released in our country, with extra scenes and terror, and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', with the presence of John Saxon. Another new feature this year will be the retrospective, 'Els altres fantàstics' [The other fantastical movies], based on productions that support this genre that is otherwise not very common among Catalan moviemakers.
'The Road' by John Hillcoat, will close the festival'The Road', with performances by Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, is one of the most awaited films this season and will close this year's festival on October 12 (trailer). It has been well received at the festivals in Venice and Toronto, and is considered one of the best productions of the year.
Originally published in VilaWeb on 1/oct/09 at 06:00h