You notice the difference between Sitges and other festivals immediately. While most genre festivals have midnight screenings, Sitges shows triple features that begin at 1:00 am. Every night. And, depending on the length of the program, you may still get out in time to hit the bars, which stay open until 7:00 am. Films the next day begin around 8:30 am.
Thus, every time I went to sleep, or even took a siesta
, I felt like I was missing something. It's a feeling which is sometimes liberating in a lassez-faire
, go-with-the-flow type way, and other times, incredibly stressful.
Fortunately, the program included a number of films already covered on ScreenAnarchy at Fantastic Fest and TIFF, as well as a handful movies I had already seen. So, my festival was a grab bag of taking chances on indies and catching up on movies I'd missed.
In this case, the best movies I saw were the films that arrived with little hype like The Conspiracy
and The Vampire Spider
. Meanwhile, films out of Cannes and Toronto like A Taste of Money
and The Lords of Salem
ended up being huge disappointments. (Though I should note that one fellow festival goer commented that The Lords of Salem
was the perfect hangover movie since it made no sense anyway -- maybe I should have drank more the night before.) Onward to the wrap up, which is the result of 5 days at the festival, plus some help from our Barcelona-based correspondent Guillem Rosset.Dispatches and News:Holy Motors Wins Big at Sitges!Breaking: Mark Lester is Remaking Class of 1984, Plus Bill Lustig Comments on Maniac CopDispatch: Miss Lovely and The Conspiracy Dispatch: Maniac Crowds, Stitches and Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film ForeverDispatch: Subtitle Woes and Jennifer Lynch's Chained Sitges 2012 Preview: ScreenAnarchy Picks 10 Can't Miss Flicks Full Reviews:Rurouni Kenshin
- By Guillem RossetThe Lords of Salem
- By Brian ClarkThe Vampire Spider
- By Brian Clark Blood-C The Last Dark
- By Guillem RossetThe Second Death
- By Brian ClarkThe Taste of Money
- By Brian ClarkNews and Box Office
Besides the fact that The Impossible
just completely laid waste to Spain's box office
, there isn't too much other notable news on the European front. That is, except that Klown
star Casper Christensen is about to start work in a new movie working opposite Danish comedian Rasmus Bjerg! As you've probably noticed, we here at ScreenAnarchy love Klown
, hence the exclamation point on that news. The film will be called Player
. Here's the synopsis.
Scripted by Marie Østerbye, Player follows a righteous, self-controlled and rather boring lawyer (Bjerg), who is sent to Nice on a divorce case. As he arrives, everything starts go wrong - he is cheated out of $2 million company money and the future looks bleak, when he meets his old buddy, a gambler of easy virtue (Christensen).
Said Chistensen, "I have never been on the Côte d'Azur with Villum without getting drunk, I thought this film should be my mission for the autumn." You heard it, folks -- Christensen will not be drunk while making this movie.
Not too surprisingly, Taken 2
dominated the European box-office last frame, taking first place in France, Portugal, UK and Belgium. Most other major countries went to CGI animation like Madagascar 3
or Ice Age 2
. However, in Poland, the locally produced film about a best-selling hip-hop outfit, You Are God
, beat Taken 2 in it's third week out. It's total is now around $6 million, which is insane for Poland. Also, in Denmark, the Danish family comedy Far til Fir: Til søs
beat out Liam Neeson by a margin and in Finland, Vares - Pimeyden Tango
also came out ahead of the thriller. I could not find anything in English about these movies on the internet, so feel free to chime in if you know something I don't.
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