In a not-too-distant future humans are living side by side with mechanical creatures. A cyber engineer who is given the task of creating a robot child returns to his native city to be reunited with his family. He finds their relationships have changed beyond all recognition.
This is the premise for EVA, the opening film of the International Festival of Fantastic Cinema of Catalonia – Sitges 2011, which will take place between 6 and 16 October. This is Kiko Maíllo‘s first incursion into feature films and a new opera prima project for the Catalan film school ESCAC.
It is the first film in Catalan to open the festival and the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Alberto Amman, Lluís Homar and Claudia Vega.
If EVA deals with the relationship between humans and machines this is no coincidence, since this year’s festival is inspired by artificial intelligence and intends to pay tribute to the Steven Spielberg film of the same title, ten years old this year.
This year also sees a reaffirmation of the festival’s commitment to home-made cinema. Another good example will come with the screening of Mientras duermes, the latest film by Jaume Balagueró, who will receive the Time Machine Award.
Other films from the Catalan or Spanish contingent are Emergo, directed by Carles Torrents and produced by Rodrigo Cortés, and the Spanish-Cuban coproduction Juan de los Muertos, an ironic take on Cuban reality and a highlight of Zombie Walk day, which is back for another year.
International films include The Yellow Sea, by Korean director Na Hong-jin, Grave Encounters, directed by The Vicious Brothers, Burke and Hare, by John Landis and Les contes de la nuit, an animated film in 3D by Michel Ocelot.
In fact 3D will again play a big part in the festival, with a presence in various sections, like “Midnight X-Treme“, with Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.
:: Sitges Festival website ::