Tuesday, November 4th 2008
SITGES 08 : 41st EDITION RESULTS
The 41st edition of the Sitges - International Film Festival of Catalonia, held from October 2nd to the 12th, continued the success it obtained in 2007 and maintained its figures of 50,000 tickets sold and 100,000 viewers in its movie theaters, including accredited press members, guests and free screenings.
The total number of festival visitors was 140,000, including the huge amount of participants in the Eastpak Zombie Walk held on Friday October 10th in Sitges.
400 media representatives from 20 countries, including the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Italia and Canada, covered the Festival from Sitges.
All daily information was followed through the official website, www.cinemasitges.com, reaching 11,000 hits per day on key festival days and 200,000 hits in a month, with 1,700,000 pages visited during this period and 220,000 viewings of Festival videos and trailers.
We wish to thank you for your support and collaboration and hope to see you at Sitges 09.
Highlighted below are some of this edition’s most relevant moments.
ALIEN, 2009 passenger
The 42nd edition of the Sitges - International Film Festival of Catalonia will revolve around the ALIEN universe, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film directed by Ridley Scott. Sitges 09 will also remember the huge eighties phenomenon that Ghostbusters was.
Surveillance, by Jennifer Lynch, Best Motion Picture
The Maria Award go to Surveillance, by Jennifer Lynch, as Best Motion Picture and to Kim Jee-woon as bet director for The Good, The Bad, The Weird. The other awards go to...
Hundreds of zombies on parade Sitges
Blood and more blood. Hundreds of people dressed as zombies came together in Sitges at the Eastpak Zombie Walk...
Linda Harrison and Luis Miñarro receive the Honorary María Award
Actress Linda Harrison, star of the movie The Planet of the Apes, and Luis Miñarro, film producer, Received the Honorary María Award in recognition of their career.
City of Ember, closing film
Gil Kenan presented his latest work, City of Ember. The film was brought the 41st edition of the International Film Festival of Catalonia to an end...
Alfredson presents his Golden Méliès Award-winning film
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson presented Let the Right One In. The movie, competing in the Official Fantàstic Selection at the 41st edition of the Sitges Film Festival, won the Golden Méliès Award for Best Fantasy Genre Motion Picture.
Absurdistan, without water there’s no sex
"If there’s no water, there’s no sex", that’s the motto of the movie Absurdistan, by director Veit Heimer, presentedo at the Film Festival of Catalonia.
Prime Time, a film about the media circus
Sitges screened the movie debut of Luis Calvo Ramos. The film, entitled Prime Time, speaks about the limits of the television world : the most brutal side of reality shows.
Umberto Lenzi receives the Nosferatu Award
Director, author and screenwriter Umberto Lenzi received the Nosferatu Award, given by Brigadoon, The Festival’s cult zone...
Charlie Kaufman and his directorial debut
Charlie Kaufman, until recently a screenwriter, received the Time Machine Award. The screenwriter for works like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich presented his first movie as a director, Synecdoche, New York...
The Burrowers, half western half horror
Director J.T. Petty presented his new film, The Burrowers...
Lloyd Kaufman receives the Time Machine Award
Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the independent film production company Troma Entertainment, receives the classic Time Machine Award...
Eden Lake, a teen story
British director James Watkins presented Eden Lake, a film about adolescence combined with the most extreme delinquency...
The Chaser and police corruption
The International Film Festival of Catalonia screened The Chaser, Korean Na Hong-jin’s first work. The movie denounces the corruption of the police and judicial system...
Red ; vengeance for the death of a dog
Sitges just premiered Red, a movie co-directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee. Red, competing in the Official Fantàstic Selection, is a story of revenge...
Pascal Laugier : "They applauded my film and I felt uncomfortable"
Attending the Sitges Fòrum session was the director of one of the most controversial and shocking movies at this year’s Festival, Martyrs, by Pascal Laugier...
Fernando Meirelles : "Blindness raises question, but doesn’t give answers"
The morning session at the International Film Festival of Catalonia saw the screening of Blindness, by director Fernando Meirelles. The movie, based on the acclaimed novel by the Portuguese Nobel laureate for Literature José Saramago, Blindness (1995), is competing in the Festival’s Official Fantàstic Selection...
Time Machine Award to Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara was given the classic Time Machine Award at the 41st edition of the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia...
Tale 52 delves into the mind of a schizophrenic
Greek director Alexis Alexiou presented his first work Tale 52, a claustrophobic journey into the depths of the mind of a schizophrenic...
Hansel & Gretel, a macabre children’s story
Korean director Yim Pil-sung presented his latest film, Hansel and Gretel, a macabre children’s story. The universes of children’s tales taken to the big screen, a story with an immaculate appearance and sinister, perverse points...
Houellebecq reaches the big screen
Controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq has taken the big leap to the big screen with the movie version of his novel La possibilité d’une île...
Lynn Bousman : "After making Repo !, I can take on everything else"
Sitges became the world capital of sung opera. Darren Lynn Bousman premiered Repo ! The Genetic Opera...
Twilight : the big fan phenomenon
Sitges experienced a big fan moment at its 41st edition. Starting at eight in the morning, scores of girls assembled in front of the Tramuntana Room door to be the first to get in. The reason : to see the trailer, not the movie, of Twilight...
Vinyan, the drama of losing a child
Young director Fabrice du Welz presented his latest work, Vinyan...
Your name here, between reality and fiction
Director and screenwriter Matthew Wilder presented his latest film, Your name here...
Sexykiller, a perverse Barbie
A the press conference, Miguel Martí presented his third feature film, Sexykiller, "a horror comedy that will make you have a horrifically funny time", the director explained...
Pataky and Sbaraglia, superheroes in Santos
At a press conference, Nicolás López presented Santos, a movie with all the elements of superhero stories : the damsel in distress, the villain and the hero. She is Elsa Pataky, and they are Javier Gutiérrez, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Guillermo Toledo...
The secrets of 2001 : A Space Odyssey
After receiving the Festival’s Honorary Grand Prize at the opening gala, Stanley Kubrick’s most famous movie, 2001 : A Space Odyssey, continues its celebration...
’The Cottage, an amateur kidnapping
Two years after his film debut, Paul Andrew presents The Cottage...
Brad Anderson presents Transsiberian
At the presentation of his film, Brad Anderson, director of Transsiberian, explained that the movie is based on a trip he took after he finished college 20 years ago...
John Carpenter and Nicholas Meyer receive the Time Machine Award
Nicholas Meyer and John Carpenter both received the honorary Time Machine Award in recognition of their career...
Sitges pays tribute to Kubrick’s Odyssey
The opening gala of the 41st edition of the International Film Festival of Catalonia celebrated the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001 : A Space Odyssey...
Alexandre Aja’s Mirrors opens the Festival
Mirrors, Alexandre Aja’s latest film, was the one chosen to open the 41st edition of the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia...