As Fantastic Fest plays out in Austin with a solid Kiwi presence, Catalonia’s Fantastic Fest Sitges shows off its line-up including plenty of Kiwi fare.
Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, which is in Austin for the second time this year having premiered at SXSW, makes its first trip to Spain for Sitges.
Guy Pigden’s I Survived a Zombie Holocaust had its premiere in Dunedin and promptly headed for London where it became a winner at its international premiere in London’s Frightfest.
Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows was also in Austin for SXSW. At Sitges, it’s the one Kiwi title selected in competition.
The Ant Timpson-produced ABCs of Death 2, which this weekend had its world premiere at FantasticFest in Austin, is one of a number of omnibus titles playing Sitges. Also appearing are the six-director V/H/S Viral, eight-director Mexican México Bárbaro.
Among the rest of the programme are several familiar titles including some selected for this year’s NZIFF – mostly by Ant Timpson in the festival’s Incredibly Strange section. From Australia there’s The Babadook by Jennifer Kent, who will present at the Big Screen Symposium on the weekend. Alexandre Philippe’s Doc of the Dead, which played here in Doc Edge, also features at Sitges.
Among the Asian contingent is a solid Hong Kong line-up including both opening night films from this year’s HKIFF, Pang Ho-cheung’s Aberdeen and Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After. From Japan there’ll be Live, Naboru Iguchi’s follow up to Dead Sushi; and Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body. Last year the festival presented Miike its honorary award and screened a retrospective programme of his work.
Sitges runs 3 – 12 October. Housebound and What We Do in the Shadows both play in the UK at the same time, at Manchester’s Grimm Up North edition of Grimmfest.