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Friday Festival Frenzy: Sitges Opens Today

sitges.JPG Since 1968, Catalonia, Spain has been home to the Sitges Film Festival. Unlike Cannes or Sundance, Sitges is strictly a fantasy festival, honoring and screening films of the fantasy, thriller and horror genre.

Opening night tonight kicks off with Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labrynth (El Laberinto del Fauno), about a girl who comes to terms with reality through the characters in in her own fantasy world.

Nine different sections highlight every type of fantasy film, from the most cutting-edge of the genre to animated features for young and old. Blood Tea and Red String, in the animated section, is the adult fairy tale of the clash between toys over the doll they both love. Ils, from France, is the scary story of two young students whose stay in a secluded Romanian cabin turns quickly from idyllic to horrific.

The Festival runs until October 15; if you enjoy the creepier, stranger side of cinema, it's worth checking out. Maybe next year.

Posted by on October 6, 2006 1:05 PM
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