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Spain's Sitges Film Festival Announces Selections

posted on 2007-09-17 14:03 EDT
Brave Story, Earthsea, Tekkonkinkreet, Vexille, live-action Mushishi play

The official selections for screening at Sitges 2007, one of the world's most prestigious festivals of fantasy cinema, have been announced. It will be held during October 4-14 in the town of Sitges, outside Barcelona, Spain. Numerous anime, as well as several live-action adaptations of manga, have been picked in various categories. Brave Story, Tales from Earthsea, Tekkonkinkreet and Vexille will all be shown as part of Sitges' long-form animation section, along with South Korea's Aachi & Ssipak and Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox, and entries from the US, Spain, Norway and the UK. In the 'short animation' category, Japan is represented by Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor, Lost Utopia, the music video 00100 UMO, and Wolfie The Pianist.

Akihiko Shiota's live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo has been selected for the festival's special "Orient Express" program, which is devoted to Asian films that represent "reference points in new movie tendencies." Finally, Katsuhiro Otomo's Mushishi, based on Yuki Urashibara's manga which also inspired an animated series, will compete in the main festival program. The other two Japanese films selected for this competition are Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django and Hitoshi Matsumoto's Dainipponjin. Takeshi Kitano's Glory to the Filmmaker! will be shown within the Oficial Premiere segment, while Koji Shiraishi's The Slit-Mouthed Woman will be one of the two films shown in the Marato Horror section.


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