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Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival Invites 6 Korean Films
Sep 10, 2020
- Writerby Pierce Conran
PENINSULA, BEAUTY WATER and SPIRITWALKER Headed to Europe’s Top Genre Film Fest
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, the oldest and most prestigious genre film festival in the world, is returning for its 53rd edition on October 8. Heading to the sunny Sitges shores this year will be six films from Korea, including YEON Sang-ho’s blockbuster Peninsula, the animation Beauty Water, the sci-fi thriller Spiritwalker, a pair of Bruceploitation films co-produced with Hong Kong and the short Unzo.
Coming four years after the global smash TRAIN TO BUSAN, which won the Best Director and Best Special Effects awards in Sitges, is this year’s summer smash Peninsula. Selected by the Cannes Film Festival, the sequel has stirred theatrical business around the world, earning over USD 50 million to date.
From debut filmmaker CHO Kyung-hun, the feature animation Beauty Water had its world premiere earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in the Contrechamps Competition section. It later screened in the Korean Features Competition section of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) back home in Korea and will go on release locally on September 9.
Spiritwalker, a high concept sci-fi thriller from director YOON Jae-keun (Heartbeat, 2011) stars YOON Kye-sang (THE OUTLAWS, 2017) as a man who has lost his memory and keeps waking up in different bodies every 12 hours. The film will have its world premiere in Sitges.
Also on offer in Sitges will be Enter the Game of Death and The Clones of Bruce Lee, martial arts classics co-produced by South Korea and Hong Kong which belong to the so-called Bruceploitation string of films that sought to capitalize on Bruce LEE’s success. Meanwhile, the short film Unzo was helmed by director ROH Jin.