10 items from 2009
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia announces its complete program. There are still a few surprises to be confirmed, like the closing gala, but they have already put together the final list of films that will be screened at Sitges 09. Below you’ll find the titles of each film and their sections as well as links for the films that we have already reviewed here on Sound On Sight. Opening Film [Rec]2. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró. 2009. Official FANTÀSTIC In Competition Section Accident. Soi Cheang. 2009. Accidents Happen. Andrew Lancaster. 2009. The Children. Tom Shankland. 2008.  Cold Souls. Sophie Bartes. 2009. The Countess. Julie Delpy. 2009. Les Derniers Jours Du Monde. Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. 2009. Dogtooth (Kynodontas). Yorgos Lanthimos. 2009. Dorian Gray. Oliver Parker. 2009. Enter The Void. Gaspar Noé. 2009. Grace. Paul Solet. 2009.  Heartless. Philip Ridley. 2009. Hierro. Gabe Ibáñez. 2009. La Horde. Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. 2009. Ingrid. Eduard Cortés. 2009. Kinatay. Brillante Mendoza. 2009. Metropia. Tarik Saleh. 2009. Moon. »
The full lineup has been announced, and among the load of genre fare that's been running the fest circuit are the world premiers of:
Simon Fellows twisted adaptation Malice in Wonderland (trailer)
Along some of our personal favorites:
Black Dynamite (friggin awesome)
Swiss scifi flick Cargo (trailer)
Atm (get it?) horror-comedy The Human Centipede (review)
Full list after the break.
Official FANTÀSTIC In Competition Section
Accident. Soi Cheang. 2009.
Cold Souls. Sophie Bartes. 2009.
Dogtooth (Kynodontas). Yorgos Lanthimos. 2009.
If Labor Day's coming up, that must mean there's a new Mike Judge movie on the way. It's also that time of year when a few distributors dust off some well-traveled festival films as the summer winds down and the start of the school year is underway.
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A disaster for ordinary citizens, the financial crisis has naturally become catnip for politically minded documentary filmmakers. With "the most feared filmmaker in America" preparing to offer his take a few weeks from now, we can bide our time with Leslie Cockburn's no-frills exploration of the nuts and bolts of subprime mortgages and the greed of predatory lenders that contributed to the tanking American economy. Probing everyone from buck-passing politicians to financial analysts, lawyers, and lenders, journalist-turned-director Cockburn exposes the shady side of the »
- Neil Pedley
Review by: Linus de Paoli
Rating: 6 out of 10
The Fantasy Filmfest is one of the few film events in Germany that is truly dedicated to genre films and their fans. It starts in Berlin and travels through Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Nürnberg and Stuttgart until it finally reaches Munich, always with the same line-up. Without a doubt one of my favorite destivals! This year, the Fff opened with the world premiere of “Carriers” by Àlex and David Pastor and while it isn't a flop, it could have been a lot better.
Four young people are on their way to the coast. At first it looks like a road trip, but soon you realize they're running away from a lethal disease that has already wiped out a large chunk of mankind. Brian (Chris Pine a.k.a. »
[Our thanks to Desirée de Fez for the following interview.]
Spanish director Àlex Pastor - the man behind the amazing and very awarded short movie Larutanatural - and his brother, David Pastor, pervert the rules of zombie movies in their feature-film, Carriers. The movie, which will be released on September 4 in Us (September 11 in Spain) begins with pandemic outbreak of a rare strain of flu to go into the reaction of men in extreme situations. We recently had the chance to talk with them.
Four kids are driving through the desert on the way to the beach, their faces anything but cheery: this isn’t Spring Break. They’re trying to outrun the end of the world – and each other. Determined to elude the deadly virus, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine), his girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny’s school friend Kate (Emily Vancamp) speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. »
- Todd Brown
The first poster was added for "Carriers" starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily Van Camp. Àlex Pastor and David Pastor direct the film from a screenplay they wrote. The horror/thriller is produced by Ray Angelic and Anthony Bregman. The writing and directing duo make their feature-length debut on the project which is being sent out by Paramount Vantage on September 4th. The story focuses on four friends who are on the run from a viral pandemic and soon discover that they are more dangerous »
It's so good to finally see momentum coming from this project. Directed years ago by Àlex Pastor and David Pastor, Paramount Vantage has been sitting on the film but have finally slated release for this September. Why they shelved it for so long we don't know. Maybe it's just not that great, but then why not just give it a straight-to-dvd release like so many other films? I can only assume they were waiting for the right time to strike, and with Chris Pine skyrocketing to success from his turn as captain Kirk in Abrams' Star Trek the timing seems perfect.
A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to »
After nearly three years (maybe even four?), Paramount Vantage is finally prepping to release Carriers, their post-apocalyptic disease thriller starring Chris Pine, who comes right off the success of Star Trek as Captain Kirk. Directed by Àlex Pastor and David Pastor, he stars alongside Sundance award winner Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp in the film that follows four friends fleeing a viral pandemic that soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus. A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to secluded utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease »
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#1: Paramount to finally release Carriers!
Àlex Pastor and David Pastor's Carriers is finally getting a theatrical release by Paramount Vantage on September 4, 2009. The great looking plague flick stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp. No doubt their decision to hold the film back has something to do with capitalizing on the Chris Pine buzz that will be around from Star Trek. Smart really. [via: Bloody-Disgusting]
#2: Kevin Macdonald takes on Romans and Asimov's "Eternity"
Kevin Macdonald has made a deal with New Regency to develop and direct "The End of Eternity" by Isaac Asimov. The "futuristic tale concerns a ruling class called Eternity whose members can manipulate time and alter history."
The State of Play director is also making "Eagle of the Ninth," a Roman military drama for Focus Features. [via: Variety]
#3: Statham ain't no Bronson but he will be The Mechanic
The 1972 hitman flick is a »
Some surprising news was announced by Paramount Vantage who revealed that after nearly three years, they'll finally be releasing Àlex Pastor and David Pastor's long-delayed Carriers. Arriving in cinemas on September 4, 2009, four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus. The film stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp. Click the title above for a longer synopsis, stills and a one sheet. Dig around on the web and you might find the trailer that was pulled late last year by Vantage. The film was bumped after the moderate box office return from 28 Weeks Later. »
10 items from 2009
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