There so many women with shorts and features playing at this year's 2012 Sitges Film Festival, October 4-14th in Spain, that it's unbelievable and terribly exciting. I hope this list helps you sort it all out…
Some familiar horror faces are screening at Sitges 2012, including Jen and Sylvia Soskas "American Mary," "The ABC's of Death" featuring shorts by Angela Bettis and Helene Cattet, Danielle Harris' "Among Friends," and Jennifer Lynch's "Chained." There's a bevvy of new directors screening new horror as well:
Katia Olivier's "Belgian Psycho" is the one I'm most sad about missing. Her previous film, "Virtual Dating," was dark and disturbing and awesome.
Today is Emily’s birthday. And how does a serial killer celebrate her birthday? By killing… a little bit more than usual.
Anna Nemyrovych co-directed the thriller "Dancing Dogs,"
Two sisters, Lily and River, meet again as a result of the death of their third sister. Her last wish was that her ashes be scattered on a beach where they spent the best moments of their childhood. Searching for this particular locus amoenis, they are kidnapped by a demented ballet teacher who forces them to prepare a show, pushing them to the limit of their physical and emotional resistance.
Sara Ibáñez's "Estigma" is a short about suicide,
A girl commits murder in a bathtub. Her eyes, reflected in the mirror, show the posttraumatic shock she suffers after the act. What she doesn’t expect is that the crime might last longer than she had planned…
Watch the full film here:
Elisabet de Loreto co-directed "Matar Por Cien Palabras,"
Maximilian, a first time screenwriter, is having trouble finding the perfect ending for his work. He can’t imagine a scene where the main character commits a terrible murder. It is then when he decides to mentally step into the killer’s shoes. How far will he go to write his 100 words?
Juliana Rojas' "O Duplo" delves into the doppleganger mythos,
Silvia is a young elementary school teacher. One day, her class is interrupted when one of the students says he’s seen the teacher’s double walking on the other side of the street. She tries to play down the importance of the anecdote, but as of this moment her life will become stranger and stranger.
Elena Albán, Cintia Fernández and Lorena López co-directed "Old Jazz" about a nightclub singer,
Karla Castañeda's animated short "La Noria" is magical and macabre,
In a small village, time stands still for a family man who has lost his son.
You can listed to her talk about the making of the short here:
Paulin Cointot, Dorianne Fibleuil, Antoine Robert and Maud Sertour all co-directed a darkly comedic animated short, "La Taxidermiste,"
Justine Klaiber and Jane Mumford co-directed the dark animated short "Look,"
In a world plunged into almost absolute darkness, some strange creatures worship a light that feeds them. Escaping from certain ties, however, isn’t an easy task when everyone can see.
Isabel Peppard's animated "Butterflies,"
A young, artistically talented woman receives a job offer from a stranger. The prospect seems attractive, but the reality is that it actually might not be. A short destined to become an instant stop motion classic.
"Behind the Door," Norwegian animation co-directed by Helga Fjeldså and Stein-Christian Fagerbakken,
A dark and strange world. A couple trapped in a net of extreme feelings lives out an unhealthy relationship. Doorways that open up to universes that appear to respond to the narrative logic of nightmares. One of Anima’t 2012’s main attractions
Regina Pessoa's "Kali, o pequeno vampiro," about a vampire, of course,
Michaela Pavlátová's "Tram" is also playing at Fantastic Fest,
Kyra Buschor and Cynthia Collins made the German animated short, "Zing,"
The Reaper’s work day envolves efficiently until an untimely knock on the door disturbs his concentration. It’s a girl, who wants to get her kitty back and isn’t willing to leave empty-handed.
Making its world premiere is Mary Lambert's ("Pet Sematary") new fantasy short "Pearl" based on the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." It's darker and set in modern times, but is being developed for a feature length version. I've seen it, and it's haunting and gorgeous.
Pearl is the story of a mermaid princess who falls in love with a California surfer. She has a delicious voice, but her father warns her that if she stays on terra firma too long, she will lose it and won’t be able to go back underwater ever again.
Noémie Lvovsky's "Camille Redouble" is a time-travel romantic comedy,
When she is sixteen, Camille meets Éric. They fall in love and have a daughter, but time passes and after twenty-five years together, he leaves her for a younger woman. The night of New Year’s Eve, something tremendously unusual happens to Camille: she is sixteen again, she is back with her parents and childhood friends again, and she runs into Éric again. And then she is faced with a dilemma: will she follow her same steps or will she change her own story? One of the best known (and most adored) faces in French cinema embarks on directing and starring in a movie about time travel, as zany as it is funny.
Kristina Buozyté's "Aurora" – a Lithuanian film,
Lukas is a scientist investigating the human neuronal area, with a project to transmit and share information from one brain to another. Given his experience and psychological profile, Lukas is considered the ideal candidate to undergo the definitive experiment: to connect his mind to that of a comatose woman. In this mental space, the scientist will begin a passionate relationship with her, alienating him more and more from the real world. But when Lukas starts to inject drugs into the woman’s body, for her to be able to recover physical sensations, his imaginary paradise will start to crumble.
Jazmín Rada's short fantasy "La Hija,"
Fatima wants to play, but her father is too busy. She has a lot of imagination and some special balloons…
Donna Davies' "Nightmare Factory" doc about FX master Gregory Nicotero is still going strong at festivals, alongside Penny Vozniak's documentary about Jennifer Lynch and the film "Hisss," "Despite the Gods," both screening at Sitges this year. There's some new talent emerging as well:
Valerie Veatch co-directed a short doc about Britney-Spears-Fan Chris Crocker, and the impact he had on the virtual world, called "Me @ The Zoo,"