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A glimpse at Sitges' European menu

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A glimpse at Sitges' European menu

Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth [+see also:
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, which was recently in official competition at Cannes (see news), has been chosen to open the upcoming Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia. The famous event, mainly but not exclusively focused on fantasy films, will celebrate its 39th edition from October 6-15.

Del Toro, a Mexican-born director whose latest projects have been backed by Spanish production outfits, will also be at the centre of a Special Focus on his films in an edition that – according to festival director Ángel Sala – will bring some of the most recent fantasy titles by European filmmakers into the limelight.

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The programme of the Official "Fantàstic" Selection includes Taxidermia [+see also:
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by Hungarian director György Pálfi (see interview), 13 (Tzameti) [+see also:
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interview: Fanny Saadi
interview: Gela Babluani
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by Gela Babluani (see focus) and Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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The greatest innovation is, however, the introduction of animated films in that same section, including Denmark's Princess [+see also:
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by Anders Morgentahler, France's Renaissance [+see also:
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interview: Aton Soumache
interview: Christian Volckman
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by Christian Volckman (see focus), as well as the premiere of the highly anticipated Spanish-Portuguese co-production De Profundis [+see also:
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by Galician comics writer-turned-director Miguelanxo Prado.

Other local productions competing in Sitges are Nacho Cerdá's directorial debut Los abandonados [+see also:
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(produced by Filmax), Elio Quiroga's La hora fría [+see also:
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(Eqlipse Producciones Cinematográficas), and Thomas Dunn's thriller The Ungodly, which benefited from the participation of Catalan producer Jordi Rediu (Zip Films).

Sitges 2006 will also pay tribute to veteran director David Lynch and locally premiere his latest film, INLAND EMPIRE, a European production by French outfit Studio Canal, due to have its world premiere in the upcoming Venice International Film Festival (see news).

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