Tuesday, June 26, 2012

'Chained' to screen at Stiges


Catalan thriller armada lands at fantasy fest

BARCELONA -- Catalan suspense-thriller "The Body," from first-timer Oriol Paulo, will world preem Oct. 4, opening the 45th Sitges -- Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Europe's biggest genre pic event.

The main Competition line-up, the bulk of which fest director Angel Sala unveiled Tuesday, boasts significant U.S. presence, multiple French titles and samples Catalonia's vibrant genre industry.

Starring Belen Rueda, Jose Coronado and Hugo Silva, the awaited "Body," a morgue-set suspenser, is produced by Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar and Antena 3 Films. Sony Pictures Releasing de Espana handles Spanish distribution; DeAPlaneta reps international rights.

Also world preeming is "El Bosc," helmed by Oscar Aibar ("Flying Saucers"), with Tom Sizemore, from a story by best-selling author Albert Sanchez Pinol.

A third Catalan entry, "Painless," from debutant Juan Carlos Medina, is a psychological thriller produced by Roxbury Films, Elle Driver handles foreign sales. Medina co-wrote with Luiso Berdejo ("The New Daughter").

A quartet of Sitges competition contenders played Cannes: Leos Carax's "Holy Motors"; Franck Khalfoun's slasher classic remake "Maniac," with Elijah Wood; Ben Wheatley's Directors' Fortnight hit "Sightseers"; and David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

Further potential Sitges standouts include "Chained," with Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, from Jennifer Lynch, who topped Sitges in 2008 with "Surveillance"; Pascal Laugier's Jessica Biel starrer "The Tall Man," produced by France's SND-M6 Group; Scott Derrickson's "Sinister"; and "Lovely Molly," a haunted-house thriller from "Blair Witch's" Eduardo Sanchez.

Sitges has added a BBC fantasy production showcase, backed by the U.K. pubcaster and 3XL, the youth channel of Catalan pubcaster TVC. Section features "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" and "Misfits."

Fest runs Oct. 4-14.

1 comment:

vikeau said...

Now this would be a nice road trip.